Lizard head pass atv trails

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Lizard Head Trail

Lizard Head Trail is a 29.6 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ophir, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length29.6 kmElevation gain1,666 mRoute typeOut & back

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The first few miles of this trail are maintained and then the terrain becomes rocky and more difficult to navigate. Poles and sturdy boots are recommended for this trail.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Lizard Pass: Travel Hwy 145 to Lizard Head Pass and turn west at the south side of the sign and follow an old abandoned highway to the parking lot and the trailhead.

Sours: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/lizard-head-trail

Lizard Head #505

  

The Lizard Head Trail #505 begins at Lizard Head Pass and ends at an intersection with the Wilson Mesa Trail #421. This trail provides access into the Lizard Head Wilderness, where Wilderness Regulations Apply. It offers a popular day hike or horseback ride as it rolls gently through a mature aspen and spruce-fir forest for the first 1.5 miles before ascending toward the Black Face Ridge. The trail ultimately descends into Bilk Creek Basin, following the creek until it intersects with the Wilson Mesa Trail. There are several outstanding views of waterfalls along Bilk Creek.

This trail, when combined with the Cross Mountain Trail #637, form a popular 9-mile loop. Trail users typically shuttle a vehicle to either the Lizard Head Trailhead or to the Cross Mountain Trailhead located two miles southwest of Lizard Head Pass along State Highway 145. The route climbs to a high point of 12,000 feet, offering spectacular views of prominent 13,113-foot Lizard Head Peak.

At a Glance

Open Season:June
Usage:Light
Best Season:Summer
Restrictions:Open to hiking and horseback riding.
Closest Towns:Telluride, CO

General Information

Directions:

From Telluride: Travel 3 miles west on State Hwy 145. Turn left at the first highway intersection, continuing south on State Hwy 145 for approximately 10 miles to the top of Lizard Head Pass. The Lizard Head Trailhead is located on the west side of State Highway 145. Continue driving past the restroom for approximately 1,000 feet, then turn right onto a spur road that ends at the Lizard Head Trailhead parking area.


Parking:

T. 41 N; R. 9 W; Section: 18. U.S.G.S. Map: Mount Wilson. Elevation: 10,269 feet. Latitude: N37.81, Longitude: W-107.90. There is a vault toilet at the Trailhead.


Sours: https://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/cs/recarea?ss=110308&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=FSE_003738&navid=110240000000000&pnavid=110000000000000&position=generalinfo&recid=32430&ttype=recarea&pname=Lizard%20Head%20
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Just outside of Pagosa Springs, this area offers moderate ATV trails with good camping opportunities. Also provides easy access to Williams Lake to the North.

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100 Mud Springs OHV & Rock Crawl Area

Cortez, CO

This unique system located just south of Cortez includes a variety of off road opportunities with several OHV trails, a UTV play zone, and (2) open rock crawling areas. Please refer to the kiosk at trailhead and signs on the ground which list restrictions and boundry of open areas.

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Lizard Head Pass

U.S. Forest Service

Lizard Head Pass & San Juan Skyways

Forest: San Juan National Forest and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests

District: Dolores (San Juan National Forest) and Norwood (Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests) Ranger Districts

Description: The Lizard Head Pass is located above 10,000 feet and is surrounded with meadows scattered with wildflowers adjacent to spruce/fir and aspen forests with awe–inspiring backdrops of the snow covered peaks. Wildflowers of the area include Parry’s gentian (Pneumonanthe parryi), white marsh marigold (Psychrophila leptosepala), Colorado false hellebore (Veratrum tenuipetalum), bluebell bellflower (Campanula rotundifolia), and elephanthead lousewort (Pedicularis groenlandica). The San Juan Scenic Byway (Colorado Highway 145) follows just above the North Fork of the San Miguel River. It continues south on CO 145 to the top of Lizard Head Pass. There are several Forest Service roads and hiking trails that lead into spectacular viewing areas just off this scenic drive. An interpretive site and accessible restrooms are available on CO 145 at the top of Lizard Head Pass. See waterfalls in spring, wildflowers in summer, golden aspen in fall or a snowy wonderland in winter.

Viewing Information: The best time to visit is mid-July to early August. The San Juan Skyway is a spectacular drive through the San Juan, Uncompahgre, Wilson and Sneffels Ranges. Colorado's first National Forest Scenic Byway loops through the San Juan Mountains, and has been called "The Most Beautiful Drive in America." This 236-mile route follows state-maintained highways. It winds for 236 miles through the heart of 5 million acres on the San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests offering views of spectacular, rugged, and primitive country as well as cultural and historical sites. The entire loop takes you through Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway, Telluride, Ophir, Rico, Dolores, Cortez and Mancos.

Lizard Head Wilderness Trails - Lizard Head Overlook, located within a few miles of Matterhorn Campground at the top of Lizard Head Pass, serves as a rest area and trailhead for the Lizard Head Trail. An interpretive kiosk tells about the surrounding peaks and other areas of interest. The Lizard Head Wilderness Area is one of the most rugged and pristine sections of southwest Colorado. Most of the hiking trail mileage in this 41,492-acre area is near or well above timberline. There are three 14,000-ft. peaks within the area, with Mount Wilson (14,246 ft.) being one of the hardest of Colorado's "Fourteeners" to climb, requiring alpine expertise and some climbing equipment. The eastern portion of the area is well hiked, with the Navajo Lake, Lizard Head, Bilk Basin, Cross Mountain, and Woods Lake Trails crossing much of this terrain.

Hope Lake Trail - The Hope Lake Trailhead (# 420) is located approximately 4 miles east of CO 145, and east of Trout Lake on Forest Road 626 and 627. This trail is a popular hike (six miles out and back) that offers a bit of everything from stunning views to gorgeous wildflowers. The hike begins in forest, soon crosses a creek lined with patches of colorful paintbrush, larkspur, monkeyflower and more. The trail gradually wanders through conifer shade and sun. A serious ascent over a multitude of switchbacks takes you above tree line, rewarding you with a pristine high-alpine lake.

Priest Lake - Forest Road 628 east of CO 145 leads to Priest Lake, a small lake surrounded by wet meadows and fields of wildflowers. Dispersed camping is allowed in this area.

Trout Lake - Forest Road 626 and Country Road 63A lead around Trout Lake, a natural lake enlarged to augment the country’s first alternating current power plant, the Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant near the town of Ophir. It was completed in 1891, producing 2,400 volts of electricity and is still in service today. Trout Lake is a beautiful anglers-delight surrounded by a cirque of spectacular 13,000 foot peaks with views that are a must-see on this excursion. On the southeast side of the lake is the one of the best preserved remaining trestles of the Rio Grande, the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the remains of a 50,000 gallon water tank, both historic features in the area. Forest Road 627 is located on the southeast corner of the lake which leads up several switchbacks to the Hope Lake trailhead.

Safety First: Thunderstorms often develop in the afternoon in the Colorado high country. Visiting early and being back by your vehicle early in the day is advisable. Be aware of high altitude sickness, which can be life threatening. Hypothermia can be a hazard throughout the year. Watch the weather in September and be prepared for an early snow storm. The San Juan National Forest and the Uncompaghre National Forest have jointly published excellent brochures on hiking opportunities on these forests. The brochures also outline hazards of high-altitude hiking, and suggest minimum impact techniques that are useful for hikers everywhere. Information is available from the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest near Dolores, Colorado or the Norwood Ranger District of the Uncompahgre National Forest in Norwood, Colorado. Stop at either of these offices for more information or check their websites.

Directions:

Lizard Head Pass is approximately 10 miles south of the town of Telluride on CO 145

Trout Lake is located along the east side of San Juan Skyway (CO 145) at milepost 49.1. Take Country Road 63A south off CO 145, or take Forest Road 626 east off CO 145 just north of the Lizard Head Overlook and Rest Area.

Priest Lake: take Forest Road 628 off the east side of CO 145. Forest Road 626 can be accessed at the Matterhorn Campground or approximately 1 mile south of the campground at the County Road 63A entrance to Trout Lake.

Lizard Head Wilderness Trails: the trailheads for trail #505 and #512 are located at the Lizard Head Overlook and Rest Area at the top of the pass located 3 miles south of the Matterhorn Campground and 10 miles south of the town of Telluride.

Hope Lake Trail: from Telluride, take CO 145 south approximately 10 miles, turn left (east) 0.6 miles past milepost 61 onto Forest Road 626 at Trout lake. Continue 1.7 miles bearing left onto Forest Road 627 and follow the rougher uphill road 2.5 miles to the trailhead. Parking is limited at the trailhead.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, San Juan National Forest, Dolores Ranger District (970) 882-7296; and, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Norwood Ranger District, (970) 327-4261.

Closest Town: Telluride, Colorado.

Camping Areas: Dispersed camping is allowed on public lands at Priest Lake and at the east side of Lizard Head Pass. The developed Forest Service Matterhorn Campground (concession operated) is located between the town of Ophir and Trout Lake along CO 145. The developed Forest Service Sunshine Campground (concession operated) is located between the town of Telluride and Ophir along CO 145.

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Sours: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/Rocky_Mountain/LizardHeadPass/index.shtml

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Colorado’s Top Rated ATV Trails

Colorado is a place where beauty and adventure collide. With the majestic Rocky Mountains as its backdrop, there is no shortage of fun and liberating activities toATV rentals Colorado do Colorado. From snowboarding to rock climbing, Colorado is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. However, Colorado also has something to offer those who are a little less adventurous. One activity that is great for those who are looking for a rush, as well as those who are looking for a low-key adventure is atving. Colorado is full of amazing ATV and jeep trails, but here are few of the top rated trails, according to colorado.com.

Lizard Head Pass

Located near Telluride, Colorado, at above 10,000 feet, this pass offers adventurers stunning views of the San Juan Mountains. It passes through the Uncompahgre National Forest. This is not a very technical trail so it is suitable for all types of vehicles and ATV’s.

Grand Mesa Trails

These trails are located near Grand Junction, Colorado and despite their name, they are anything but flat. These trails are full of beautiful scenery, as well as forests, lakes, and meadows. This is an extensive trail system that offers trails for all skill levels.

Red Feather Lakes

These trails are located in Northern Colorado, just west of Fort Collins in Roosevelt National Forest. This trail system offers more than 100 miles of ATV trails. It also includes trails that are suitable for beginners, as well as advanced riders.

These are only a few of the many gorgeous ATV trails located in Colorado. If you are interested in the other trails on this list, feel free to visit colorado.com.

If you are looking for a new kind of adventure, consider taking the road less traveled. With so many options for ATV rentals available in Colorado, as well as incredible views, you are sure to find a new and exciting adventure.

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Awesome places to ride ATV's in Colorado

The Centennial State, Colorado, has been blessed with an exceptional mix of landscapes: the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, amazing deserts and plains, and forested hillsides all combine to make for an excellent destination for outdoor lovers.

But where are the best ATV trails in Colorado? Depending on your level, appetite for adventure, and historical and natural interests, there is so much choice. Here are some of the top destinations for ATV riding in Colorado:

  1. Lizard Head Trail
  2. Texas Creek ATV Trails
  3. Roaring Creek OHV Trail
  4. Wagon Wheel Trail System
  5. Taylor Park
  6. Crested Butte Areas
  7. St Mary’s Glacier
  8. Alpine Loop
  9. Ruby Jewel Route
  10. Bull Mountain
  11. Grand Mesa Trails
  12. Mendenhall Route
  13. Rainbow Falls Trails
  14. Hardscrabble Mountain
  15. Red Feather Lakes

Let’s look at the best places to go to find great ATV rides in Colorado and enjoy all this excellent state has to offer outdoor enthusiasts.

15 Best Colorado ATV Trails

1. Lizard Head Trail

If you’re looking for wilderness, head 10 miles southwest of Telluride, and you will find the Lizard Head Wilderness spread across 41,496 acres. Some impressive peaks attracting mountain climbers and hikers await here, such as Mount Wilson and El Diente. For ATV riders, there is the Lizard Head Trail: 7.7 miles long; it takes you from Lizard Head Pass into the wilderness recreation area and is shared with hikers and horseback riders. Roll through spruce-fir and aspen forests, traverse Bilk Creek Basin, and enjoy the views of the waterfalls. This isn’t a particularly long trail, but the views are great, and it offers a connection to the Wilson Mesa Trail for onward travel. It’s not very technical and therefore suitable for any type of ATV and ATV rider.

2. Texas Creek ATV Trails

Head to South Central Colorado, and you’ll discover an impressive network of ATV trails at Texas Creek – a genuine playground for ATV and Jeep riders. This is one of the best areas for ATV riding in Colorado, circling Table Mountain with a diversity of terrain that suits different types of riders. Stay on the eastern slopes for flatter and easier riding, head west for rockier trails and more challenging adventures. 

You can find Texas Creek near the Royal Gorge area on Highway 50, about 30 miles east of Salida or 25 miles of Canon City. ATV riding in Colorado is at its finest in this set of trails open for all.

3. Roaring Creek OHV Trail

This OHV trail is currently closed, but it’s worth including for its scenic views and relatively easy approach. You can find it near Red Feather Lakes, and it’s open for ATV access from May to October. Climb to 10,500 feet and enjoy the panoramic vistas at the top, then go back into the Roosevelt National Forest and find a scenic camping spot.

4. Wagon Wheel Trail System

If you’re looking for a long day out riding your ATV in Colorado, the Wagon Wheel Trail System has over 600 miles of trails running through the White River National Forest and Rangely, with several interconnecting loops for all levels of rider. It’s also an area to indulge in outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, and fishing, too.

You can split your riding between the West and East sections of the system. The Eastern side is a great mix of natural and cultural history, going through the rugged mountain trails of the White River National Forest and passing historical sites along the way. 250 miles of trails with 16 interconnected loops await. Moreover, Meeker (the starting point) and Rio Blanco County are both OHV friendly and allow you to ride your ATV on city streets and designated country roads, making it easy to get around.

On the Western side, you have an additional 360 miles of ATV riding on the White River Bureau of Land Management trails. Trails here also range from mostly groomed to completely wild, so they will test different types of skill and experience. Find out more here.

5. Taylor Park

Within the Gunnison National Forest, you’ll find Taylor Park, whose trails are all around the Taylor Park Reservoir – about 100 miles in total. The park is open from mid-May to late November. Expect some wide and smooth dirt roads mixed with narrow, rocky trails.

You can take advantage of multiple campgrounds with direct trail access in the park. At the reservoir, enjoy boating and fishing, too. You can find the map of the park here.

6. Crested Butte Areas

On the northern and eastern sides of the Crested Butte area, you can find many exciting ATV trails to explore the wilderness. The Northern Crested Butte Area is home to some easier trails like the Slate and Gothic Roads, offering great views with little effort, while you can also head to Gunsight Pass and Schofield Pass for more technical terrain. Find out more information about the trails in the Northern Crested Butte Area here. 

The Eastern Crested Butte Area has a lot of challenging trails for seasoned ATV riders. Connect three big trails into a loop: Pearl Pass, followed by Taylor Pass and Italian Creek Road. Taylor Pass is actually listed among many “top dangerous roads” as it’s one of Colorado‘s highest mountains at an elevation of 11,948 ft above sea level. The 8.5 miles to the top are very challenging, with big drops and hairpin turns.

7. St Mary’s Glacier

There are two trail systems in the area around St Mary’s Glacier: St Mary’s and Empire. Circle the unique glacier and enjoy scenic views. The St Mary’s trails are sometimes smooth, sometimes pretty rocky, but always rewarding.

8. Alpine Loop

This circular route is extremely popular, traveling through the well-known Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton, with high altitude passes and rugged mountain views. Officially, the trail is considered to start from Lake City, and the total distance is around 65 miles. It passes some interesting historical sites such as the ghost towns of Animas Forks and Capitol City, mining camps, and structures.

Besides the main trail, you can also venture off to side trails like the California Gulch and many others, allowing you to spend days on end riding your ATV around this area.

9. Ruby Jewel Route

Located near Walden, this 6-mile trail is accessible all year round and can be driven one-way in the summer and further up to 8 miles in winter. Start from the car park at Ruby Jewel yurt, and you will end up at 9,146 feet altitude where a hiking trailhead starts, to allow you to explore the area further.

10. Bull Mountain

Following an old logging road, this trail allows you to climb to the top of Bull Mountain in a one-way 7-mile ride during the summer. In winter, you can get to the North Michigan Reservoir at 4 miles in by branching off to the right of the trail. The trail is packed and groomed for snowmobiling in the deep winter.

11. Grand Mesa Trails

These off-road trails near Grand Junction are great ATV riding trails through dense forests, lakes, and meadows. There are many trails and interconnections but, as it’s a national forest area, you will need to be careful of the signs and stick to the ones marked specifically for ATV riding.

12. Mendenhall Route

A popular route for hunters, this trail is 8 miles long and takes you to Medicine Bow Trail, Route NF, and the N. Sand Dunes. It’s a steep climb as you gain 2,000 feet, and spectacular views will greet you at the top of the ridge, where on a clear day, you can see really far out.

13. Rainbow Falls Trails

The Rainbow Falls riding area is in the heart of Pike National Forest, with 20 miles of trails where ATVs are permitted. This is a very popular destination, with moderate trails to suit most abilities. The terrain is mostly smooth and hardpacked, making for fast riding. You’ll need to be mindful not to ride around campgrounds and make sure you display a Colorado OHV permit at all times.

14. Hardscrabble Mountain

Head to the Hardscrabble Special Recreation Management Area between Gypsum and Eagle to ride some fantastic ATV trails around Hardscrabble Mountain. The specially designated ATV trails are located near Gypsum in the western side of the area.

15. Red Feather Lakes

The Roosevelt National Forest has an impressive section of over 100 miles of ATV riding trails just west of Fort Collins at Red Feather Lakes. You can find some more information and trail maps here. You’ll notice varying levels of riding difficulty to suit all riders.

Conclusion – Colorado, a Trail Riding Paradise

So, where are the best Colorado ATV trails? To review, here they are once more:

  1. Lizard Head Trail
  2. Texas Creek ATV Trails
  3. Roaring Creek OHV Trail
  4. Wagon Wheel Trail System
  5. Taylor Park
  6. Crested Butte Areas
  7. St Mary’s Glacier
  8. Alpine Loop
  9. Ruby Jewel Route
  10. Bull Mountain
  11. Grand Mesa Trails
  12. Mendenhall Route
  13. Rainbow Falls Trails
  14. Hardscrabble Mountain
  15. Red Feather Lakes

It’s no surprise that a state like Colorado, famous for its outdoor activities, will have a lot to offer for ATV riding. The trail systems are extensive, and the interconnections allow for long days out or multi-day trips, depending on your skill and appetite for adventure.

Whether you’re vacationing and looking for ATV trails near Colorado Springs or checking out more historic rides around the mining ghost towns close to Silverton, there’s something for every interest, in addition to OHV-friendly towns and many campgrounds and additional facilities. Happy riding!

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