Despite its unusual moniker, Lizard Head Wilderness is a crown jewel of Colorado, with 41,496 acres of San Juan mountains and 37 miles of trails ripe for exploration. Among Telluride’s profusion of outdoorsy thrills, it’s an especially beloved destination for area hikers—and just ten minutes from town. Insiders ascend 13,290-foot-tall Dolores Peak to enjoy prime views of Utah’s red rock canyons.

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