- This wilderness area encompasses 41,500 acres of mountainous terrain (most above 9,000 feet) with 40 miles of trails. Lizard Head Pass, lies immediately east of the wilderness boundary and serves as a trailhead for the region. The San Miguel Mountains lie within the area and contain 13,290-foot Dolores Peak. It is a high-point on the western side of the wilderness. Wilson Peak, El Diente and Mount Wilson (fourteeners) lie in the central area of the wilderness and are the primary attraction to the area for most visitors. The 300-foot cone on Lizard Head Peak, which is visible from Highway 145, reaches the height of 13,113 feet.
Recreation - Walking, hiking, mountain climbing and viewing scenery are the most popular activities in Lizard Head Wilderness. The impressive Wilson Group attracts mountain lovers and Lizard Head Peak makes a magnificent view on any day. Burro Bridge, Cayton, Matterhorn and Sunshine Campgrounds are the developed camping areas near the eastern and southern boundaries of the wilderness.
Climate - The area has short, cool summers and long, severe winters. There are several permanent snow fields, and snow patches remain in sheltered areas throughout the summer. You should be prepared for freezing weather at all times of the year.
Uncompahgre And San Juan National Forests share this Wilderness. In fact, the forest boundary splits Lizard Head Peak in half. Highway 145, south of Telluride is the only major road going near the area. Lizard Head Trailhead is located at 10,222 feet on Lizard Head Pass.
Forest Road 535 is the only other access road. It goes by Navajo Lake Trailhead, where all the southwestern trails begin, or end, as the case may be.