Lizard Head Pass, Colorado Colorado, United States

7.67Rider Ratings
40 km Route Distance
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Difficulty7 Road Quality8 Beauty8 Length1 day

Route Overview

Lizard Head Pass at an elevation of 10,222 feet above sea level is a high mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, on the border between Dolores and San Miguel counties. Termed as "The Most Beautiful Drive in America" it is a spectacular drive. 

The pass is named for a prominent nearby peak that is said to look like the head of a lizard.

The weather on this route is said to be harsh and highly unpredictable; it takes no time to change from bright sunshinen to mild or heavy snow. Best time to visit woild be from July to early August. High altitudes can be a life threatning factor. 

The route is suitable for all vehicle types. Waterfalls in spring, wildflowers in summer, golden aspen in fall or a snowy wonderland in winter, it has all the ingredients to a spectacular drive. It’s surrounded with meadows scattered with wildflowers adjacent to spruce/fir and aspen forests with awe–inspiring backdrops of the snow covered peaks which make it more amazing. 

The drive is definitely worth it.

Medium
Traffic
Adequate
Rest Stops
Smooth
Road Condition
Adequate
Gas Stations

Motorcycle Types

Touring
Cruiser
Sport bike
Dual-sport
Scooters
Sport touring
Standard
Other

Terrain

Asphalt
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Tarmac

Scenics Along

Forests
Mountains
River
Urban
Residential

Type of Road

Long
Straight

Best Time to Ride

Fall
Spring
Summer

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