Lizard Head Wilderness Trekking with Llamas

Backcountry hiking with llama support in the Lizard Head Wilderness of Colorado

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.

IMG_0700This 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.

llama1The 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 or call 435-259-7750 or 800-860-5262.

Activity Level

Moderately Challenging

Up to six miles of hiking with elevation changes up to 1250 feet per day. Rough or off trail hiking on steep terrain.

  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests in Colorado
  • When: August 14, 2017 through August 18, 2017
  • Number of Days/Nights: 5 days, 4 nights, includes 1st night lodge stay and orientation
  • Time: Evening day 1 through afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 6, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior
  • Cost per Person: $1460 plus $140 USFS/Outfitter fee
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable)
  • Notes:


    • Trip meets and ends in Dolores, CO. First-night motel lodging and orientation are included.
    • Trip led by CFI Naturalist Guides and Redwood llama packer.
    • All meals provided from breakfast in town through lunch the last day.
    • Panniers for personal gear and camp chairs provided. Participants bring own tents and sleeping gear (compact/compressible) or rentals available.
    • Read our cancellation policy. If we do not meet our group minimum, you will be contacted and may have the option for a surcharge to run the trip, or if we must cancel all fees will be refunded.