Lizard Head – Telluride HikingTrail Running


Notes: 12.14.21

Trail Length
7.6 miles
Distance from Durango
94 miles
2900 ft
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Lizard Head – Telluride

Hiking, Trail Running
Durango to TH

94 Miles


2900 Feet



Trail Length

7.6 Miles

Located in the surrounding area of Telluride.

Hike up through aspen and conifer forests, through meadows, sage bush and rocky ridges towards Lizard Head Peak. Take in views of the surrounding San Miguel Mountain Range, including Mount Wilson (14,245-ft.), Gladstone Mountain (13,913-ft.) and Wilson Peak (14,017-ft.).

Immediately before the Peak, turn South and view volcanic looking soil and Sheep Mountain in the distance. Follow the Cross Mountain Trail back down to CO-145. A great hike especially in the early Fall when the gold aspen leaves are shimmering. Great views of Trout Lake on the first ascent.

Lizard Head trail is 7.6-miles out and back, but a more rewarding hike is setting a shuttle and coming down the Cross Mountain Trail for 9.45-miles, just shy of a full loop.  

Map & Directions

Map Coordinates: 37.83597, 107.95082

Where's the Trailhead?


Lizard Head Trailhead

From 9th Street and Main Avenue in Durango, head west on 9th Street toward Camino Del Rio. Turn left onto Camino Del Rio/ Hwy 550.

From Camino del Rio, take US-160 W about 27 miles to CO-184 W/N Main Street in Mancos; take a right.

Follow CO-184 W for 17 miles, then turn right onto CO-145 N. Follow CO-145 N 48 miles to the Lizard Head Trailhead and Parking Area.


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