Lion's Mouth Cave Pictographs

Lion's Mouth Cave
Cedar City

Pictographs & Hiking


          Lion's Mouth Cave contains numerous pictographs painted along the walls of an overhanging cave. The panel of rock art contains several anthropomorphic figures, a snake like figure, and numerous other drawings. The figures are painted with red and yellow hues.

General Information:
Click Here for Google Earth KMZ fileClick Here for Map          Visiting the Lion's Mouth Cave Pictographs requires a short 1/4 mile hike. A trip to the rock art requires about one hour round trip and is suitable for the entire family. Lion's Mouth Cave is rated 1A I using the Canyon Rating System. The rock art is accessible year round, but the last 50-feet of slickrock might be difficult with snow on the ground. This is an excellent destination for those with a little extra time in the Cedar City Area. Lion's Mouth Cave was named due to its distinctive appearance of looking like the mouth of a Lion.

          Navigation for this route is simple as the route follows an easy to identify trail. A GPS is helpful but not required. The USGS 7.5' Maps titled "Page Ranch" and "Stoddard Mountain" show the area described. All waypoints and maps use the WGS84 datum.

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Trailhead Information:
          When traveling through Cedar City take I-15 Exit 59. Head west on Highway 56 for 16.7 miles to Pinto Road (N37 36' 28", W113 21' 31") located on the south (left) side of the highway. Pinto Road is a signed and well-maintained dirt road. Follow Pinto Road west for 1.2 miles to the Lion's Mouth Trailhead. The trailhead is identified as a pull-out that will accommodate several vehicles on the north (right) side of the road.
The trailhead can easily be reached by passenger vehicles in dry weather conditions.

Lion's Mouth Cave Pictographs

Route Information:
            From the Lion's Mouth Trailhead (N37 35' 50", W113 22' 34") follow the trail that begins at the gate on the north side of the vehicle pull-out. Follow the trail as it switchbacks at first to gain elevation and than contours in a northwest direction to a large rock formation. The Lion's Mouth Pictographs (N37 35' 48", W113 22' 47") are on the west side of the rock formation in a large alcove. The rock art is easy to locate. The total approach from trailhead to rock formation is approximately 1/4 mile.

Lion's Mouth Cave Pictographs

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Lion's Mouth Cave Pictographs

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