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No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail



6.7 mile 10.8 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable


Ascent: 1,980' 604 m
Descent: -161' -49 m
High: 6,828' 2,081 m
Low: 4,992' 1,522 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)


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Trail shared by Brian Smith

Choose your adventure: an easy outing on maintained trail or a rugged backcountry experience!

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Features Views · Waterfall

Pets are only allowed on paved surfaces in the Monument. Pets are not allowed on trails.

If you decide to run the entire canyon, use the Trail Run Project mobile app to stay on track. The Park Service also recommends bringing a compass and topographic map. The trail is unmaintained beyond the second waterfall. Check the weather as flash floods pose an imminent danger.


This point-to-point run heads directly through one of the most picturesque and remote canyons in Colorado National Monument. Depending on the time you visit, this canyon can house a few beautiful waterfalls along the way, some of which turn to ice falls in the colder months.


From the east entrance, drive 0.2 miles to the trailhead. There is limited parking available on the left. For additional parking, turn right into the Devils Kitchen Picnic Area. The trailhead is shared with three other trails: Old Gordon Trail, Serpents Trail and Devils Kitchen Trail.

No Thoroughfare Canyon starts with a descent from the plateau on a maintained trail before transitioning to an unmaintained route through the remote canyon. The canyon walls rise over 400 feet above you as you run in awe. Because of how isolated and primitive this route is, most visitors do not venture the entire route.

No Thoroughfare Canyon offers visitors to Colorado National Monument the chance to roam through a tight canyon in the oldest layer of rock within the park. If you follow the dry wash for about 1 mile, you'll reach the first pool, which can make a good turnaround point if you're looking for a short, 2-mile run. The pool is a beautiful little oasis that exists in juxtaposition to the otherwise arid environment. This is a great place to enjoy a picnic.

You can also continue for another 0.8 miles to the first waterfall if you're looking to run a little while longer and see more of what the canyon has to offer. The trail continues as an unmaintained route past the waterfall all the way to the upper trailhead along Little Park Road.

Flora & Fauna

Because of the existence of running water in No Thoroughfare Canyon, beautiful flora exist here. Look for various species of flowering cacti as you run.

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Jun 6, 2019
Jaime Odin
started from upper trailhead, ran past first waterfall, lost the trail and eventually turned back 8mi — 2h 30m
Oct 1, 2017
Tom Gray
Beautiful run up the No Thoroughfare Canyon. About 60/40 mix between running and scrambling. Not the place to be during a rain storm cuz it's a wash! 6.2mi — 1h 43m
Jun 21, 2017
Aimee Crittendon
Jun 5, 2017
Aimee Crittendon

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No Thoroughfare Canyon. with permission from Peter B. Pearman
Jul 14, 2016 near Redlands, CO
No Thoroughfare Canyon, Colorado National Monument
Apr 23, 2016 near Redlands, CO
First pool, No Throughfair Canyon Trail, Colorado National Monument, Colorado
Jan 29, 2016 near Redlands, CO
Turning onto the start of No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail. with permission from Peter B. Pearman
Jul 14, 2016 near Redlands, CO
Heading along No Throughfare Canyon, Colorado Nat. Monument. with permission from Peter B. Pearman
Jul 14, 2016 near Redlands, CO
No Thoroughfare Canyon above the first pool with permission from Peter B. Pearman
Jul 14, 2016 near Redlands, CO


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