There's a good chance you've never heard of this spot in Colorado National Monument ... Today I hiked into Lizard Canyon, a less-visited canyon in Colorado National Monument.
I posted a photo of my topographical map below for you to see it --
it's between Fruita Canyon and Wedding Canyon.
There is no trail. I simply parked near the Monument's west entrance
and hiked about a mile to reach the canyon.
Lizard Canyon in all her beauty and majesty. You can read about all of my hikes in the
region on my Grand Junction page.
Of course, you should have your own map handy if you do any serious hiking in Colorado National Monument.
November 30, 2012 - My view of the Colorado National Monument entrance as I started my hike. I walked a short distance ahead and then turned left.
Neighboring Fruita Canyon and the National Park Service admission gate.
I believe that is sagebrush that I focused on, right?
A utility line works its way up the canyon. I'm pretty sure it leads to the Saddlehorn Campground and Visitor Center above.
SECOND PHOTO: To the right, I saw the guard rail for Rim Rock Drive. That particular turn is named Dead Man's Curve. When I inquired about this canyon, the NPS worker
suggested that I park at Redlands View and then walk beside the road to the curve. From there, it is a steep but doable scramble on a social trail to the base of the canyon.
If you plan to explore Lizard Canyon, do whatever works for you.
Love those jagged orange rocks! :)
It looks like there's a smaller
Balanced Rock that sits above this canyon.
I hiked about halfway into the canyon. I did see some social trails, but I mostly walked in the dry creek bed.
An oh-so-lovely portrait of me. It was a nice morning to be in the wilderness.
One last photo of Lizard Canyon as I hiked out.
Happy trails, friends!
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