Lizard Head Pass
The site of an abandoned depot on the historic Rio Grande Southern railroad, Lizard Head Pass is today a scenic overlook on CO 145 from which you can marvel at the odd shape of Lizard Head Peak. A better view is from CO 145 south of the pass. Trails starting from here traverse high-alpine meadows and spruce-fir forests with birds like crossbills, Dusky Grouse, and Pine Grosbeak. Wildflower displays here can be wonderful in late summer, with highlights including Parry’s gentian and the aptly-named ‘elephant-head’ lousewort.
County: San Miguel
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow
Directions: Lizard Head Pass is along CO 145 south of Telluride and north of Rico, at the San Miguel County/Dolores County line.
Delorme: 76 B2
Roads of Colorado: 138 C1
Dates of Access: Open all year, but trails mostly in summer
Ownership: US Forest Service
Restrictions: Hiking can be a hazardous activity; bring raingear and water, and avoid thunderstorms
Parking: Paved parking area
Lodging: Hotels in Telluride or Rico
Handicapped Access: Limited viewing from car