Lizard Head Pass

Telluride, Colorado

Lizard Head Pass

Lizard Head Pass Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Pedaling up mountain passes is integral to the Colorado cycling experience. The combination of physical challenge and amazing high-alpine scenery is an allure most cyclists simply cannot resist. So which of these trips up—and sometimes over—the various Rocky Mountain roads is the best? There is no one right answer. Each cycling summit offers its own unique experience. If you ask me, they’re all amazing.

But if you were forced to choose just one high mountain ascent from within the colorful confines of the thirty-eighth state, the ride up Lizard Head Pass would surely make the short list of classic classics. Situated along the 28-mile stretch of State Route 145 between Telluride and Rico, this enchanting road doles out an intoxicating mix of smooth, bike-friendly pavement, tough (but not onerous) climbing, and postcard-perfect scenery."

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Trail Information

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5,203 feet
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Skill Level
3-5 hours
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