Experience trekking in the Colorado Rockies
Join CFI and Redwood Llama Outfitters in the Lizard Head Wilderness Area, San Juan Mountains
This program is offered by CFI with llama pack stock support from Redwood Llama Outfitters from Dove Creek, Colorado. Redwood Llamas is licensed by the U.S. Forest Service and has run llama trips in the San Juan Mountains for many years.
We start with a night stay at the Dolores Mountain Inn for the trip orientation and packing our panniers. Breakfast the next day is included, then we travel up the West Fork of the Dolores River to the trailhead in a comfy CFI van. Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, cool temperatures and lovely mountain wildflowers with comfortably paced hiking. Guides will share their love of the region, knowledge of native cultures, mining and outlaw tales as well as mountain flora, fauna, and their adaptations.
This backcountry hiking and camping trip with llama support require that participants carry only water, rain gear, lunch, and personal items. The trails are established but we will be above 10,000 feet for most of the trip so advanced conditioning — arriving in the area to become accustomed to the altitude — is a must. We actually start our hiking at the Kilpacker Trailhead at 10,000 feet and gain some elevation to our base camp about four miles in. This base along the West Fork of the Dolores will be “home” with cozy forest shelter and grand views. There are several options for 3-5 miles easy to more challenging day hikes from there. We end our trip down the Navajo Lake trail head and loop back to our vehicle to return to the town of Dolores by late afternoon of the last day to end our trip. Lodging and dinner are on your own this last night.
The Lizard Head Wilderness Area was first protected as a primitive area in the 1930’s. We will hike at the base of the spectacular Mt. Wilson and El Diente, near 3 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. Our hike will take us to Navajo Lake, past several waterfalls, through aspen and fir forests, wildflower meadows and alpine cirques. People can hike “with” a llama or can opt to hike separately and let the guides lead the string. These animals are gentle and capable companions and the panniers for gear are small and easy to handle. This trip is suitable for adults and youth 16 years and older.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 435-259-7750 or 800-860-5262.
Up to six miles of hiking with elevation changes up to 1250 feet per day. Rough or off trail hiking on steep terrain.