No Thoroughfare Canyon is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grand Junction, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 793 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

no shade

no dogs

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

An excellent trail with amazing views of giant rocks, lizards and flowers. Many bugs due to the puddles along the “dry” creek. I hiked with 3 teenagers and they loved it, the heat gets stuck inside the canyon so you better take good water. The first pond and fall are nice, they have little water but still feels like a small oasis. We didn’t make it to the second fall but you’ll find the trail by your right when you make it to the first fall. Always follow the dry creek.

hiking
6 days ago

Very nice hike. Beautiful views and scenery. Nice trailhead with parking and signage. There are signs at the major trail intersections. At minor intersections there are rock cairns marking this trail. I still used All Trails app for navigation. No waterfalls.

hiking
9 days ago

Good trail! Not very challenging except for right after the first waterfall and a few rocky parts to the second waterfall. Very beautiful and tranquil. Sometimes the trail gets lost a little but as long as you follow the brook, you’ll be fine.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
24 days ago

Probably wouldn’t do again in comparison to other CNM hikes

hiking
25 days ago

My favorite hike in CNM!!! Most of the crowd stops at the first waterfall. It is magnificent but if you’ll push it for another 30 min you will reach beautiful and completely different scenery. I would not recommend to go to the second falls with kids under 8 because it requires pretty steep rock climbing. Good hiking boots, 2 liters of water and some snack=perfect 3 hours in the nature!

hiking
29 days ago

Of the three major trails at this trailhead (No-Thoroughfare, Devil’s Kitchen and Serpent’s Path) this one has the lowest payoff/effort ratio. That said it’s still a gorgeous hike through an interesting riparian zone. As of now (early May) the waterfall is a small trickle, but the wildflowers were awesome.

hiking
fee
rocky
1 month ago

This is my first hike inside the Monument!! The waterfalls were the highlight for me! I saw lots of lizards too. The trail overall was rocky and hard to find at times the deeper in you get. But you are basically follow the same drainage the whole way so very easy to get back in track. There is one especially sketchy steep stretch after the first waterfall (2nd pool) but then mellows out going to the 2nd waterfall (3rd pool).

hiking
1 month ago

The best thing about this hike is the sounds; the music of the flowing water, buzz of hummingbirds, the wind sweeping over the sage, cottonwoods and juniper. I wish it was longer.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is may be my favorite hike on the monument. Waterfalls, big horn sheep and crystals!

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Perfect time to go! We saw the first pool and the first waterfall! Took us 2 hours with stops and photos!

hiking
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Love the flowing water falls in the springs

hiking
7 months ago

Fun trail. Need to do in the spring.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Really worth it. Plan on doing it again in the spring when there would be water. Definitely worth going to the second waterfall

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Went on 7/5/19: Amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Very hot as there is almost no shade. Definitely want to start at 8 or 9am. Trail is very rocky, so must be comfortable navigating that. Best to download the trail map beforehand to make sure you stay on course.

hiking
11 months ago

Good hike, but falls are a trickle now.

hiking
rocky
Sat May 18 2019

hiking
rocky
scramble
Sun Apr 28 2019

Spectacular view with some decent challenges. Once you get to the “unmaintained” section the real fun begins. I would NOT recommend this section in the rain or if it’s wet. It gets slick and the fall would probably be fatal. That being said, the end is worth the risk.

muddy
rocky
Tue Apr 23 2019

My family and I just hiked in over the weekend. The Monument in the Spring is so beautiful. If the Waterfalls are what you have been waiting too see, the time is now! Not to hot, not to cold and the animals are out and about. Enjoy!!

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