Lion's Mouth Cave
Pictographs & Hiking
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Take only pictures and leave only footprints.