No Thoroughfare Canyon

Glade Park, Colorado 81523

No Thoroughfare Canyon

No Thoroughfare Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"No Thoroughfare Canyon is wild and deep, exposing grayblack Precambrian metamorphic rock that is 1.7 billion years old—some of the oldest on the Colorado Plateau. A one-way hike from top to bottom is 8.5 miles and difficult.

Backcountry pathfinding skills are necessary. However, a great 2-mile hike delivers you to an impressive intermittent waterfall. Another aerobic 1-mile hike beyond that takes you to a second waterfall dwarfing the first. You can then hike back the way you came."

More No Thoroughfare Canyon Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Susan Joy Paul
View more trails from this guide book
"Three falls lie, like hidden treasures, deep within No Thoroughfare Canyon at the Colorado National Monument. No Thoroughfare Canyon Creek has carved out a punchbowl from solid rock at the first fall, “Pool Fall,” and many visitors opting for an easy hike choose to make this their turnaround point. Less than a mile farther up the trail, the creek drops over a vertical wall for more than 100 feet in a plunge, a sheet, or a ribbon—depending on the water flow—and forms a plunge pool at the base at “No Thoroughfare Canyon First Waterfall.” Punchbowls adorn the rock above these falls, and even farther up the trail, “No Thoroughfare Canyon Second Waterfall” tumbles more than 200 feet in a two-tiered horsetail into another plunge pool." Read more

No Thoroughfare Canyon Reviews

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon2 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
This was a great little hike. Early spring is the best time to see the waterfalls. They aren't huge, but still a fun hike. Lots of flowers! Enjoy!

No Thoroughfare Canyon Photos

Trail Information

Glade Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2-4 hours
Colorado National Monument, Fruita, CO 81521; (970) 858-3616,
Local Contacts
USGS Colorado National Monument; Trails Illustrated Colorado National Monument/McInnis Canyons NCA
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018