Lizard Head Pass a part of both the D&RGS RR and Colorado State Highway 145.
A 400 feet tall rock pinnacle gave rise to the name Lizard Head. In the 1890’s the peak apparently resembled a lizard. The D&RGS even chose this formation for its logo.
One story goes that one night a loud rumble filled the area and local residents thought there had been an earthquake. However the next day it became apparent that there had been a large rock fell off the peak and it may have lost its lizard like appearance. A more appropriate name now might be Lizard Neck;-)
Located along the divide between the Dolores and San Miguel watersheds, the area at Lizard Head Pass is a large gently sloping meadow. It was heavily logged in the early days and became a favorite summer grazing spot for sheep ranchers. The open nature of the land led to cold winters and significant snow drifts.
Elevation 10,250 ft.
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