We had a wonderful Sunday "scenic byway" drive through the mountains today. At Cortez, the byway turns north following State Highway 145 through the town of Dolores and follows the Dolores River into the San Juan National Forest. My brother and his wife (Bobby & Liz) camped here before and loved it too, it is a beautiful area.
The byway passes through the small town of Rico, from Rico, the byway crosses 10,222 ft Lizard Head Pass and enters the Uncompahgre National Forest. Lizard Head Pass provides views of the 14,159-foot El Diente Peak, the 14,246-foot Mount Wilson, the 14,017-foot Wilson Peak and the pass's namesake, the 13,113-foot Lizard Head Peak.
We could see Lizard Head Peak on and off during our drive. We took a tiny road where mostly jeeps are allowed through the back woods. It was incredible. After our back roads tour we got back on the byway that descends near the little town of Ophir. We decided to drive another one of those jeep only roads up to the top where we viewed the lakes and found the perfect spot for our picnic lunch.
It was another awesome drive in Colorado. The more we see of this beautiful state, the more we love it. If you are looking for wilderness campgrounds right on the river, this part of the San Juan National Forest is the place to be. Some of the sites even have full hookups. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. :-)
Check back later for more from Colorado.