Snapshots from No Thoroughfare Canyon

Saturday, June 6, 2015

After spending last weekend in Salt Lake City, I was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to spend anytime hiking outdoors this weekend since the weather forecast was calling for storms in our area. After some rain early this morning it appeared that we were on the edge of the storm system for much of the day and I would be able to get over to the Colorado National Monument for a few hours in the late afternoon. I decided to spend a little time in No Thoroughfare Canyon today since I haven’t been to that area of the park for a while.

Following the trail into No Thoroughfare Canyon.

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No Thoroughfare Trail by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

It’s been many years since I’ve been to the Devils Kitchen, so I thought it might be a nice time to visit again.

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Devils Kitchen by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

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Among Hoodoos by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Following the wash below Devils Kitchen.

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Below Devils Kitchen by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

I found some water in the wash as I hiked up the canyon and hoped I’d find the little waterfall at the First Pool still flowing.

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No Thoroughfare Canyon by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

The little waterfall at the First Pool was flowing, but not very much…

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Low Flow by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Clouds started to move back into the area as I hiked back down the canyon.

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Clouds Moving In by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

I thought it was interesting how this tree is growing right out of the sandstone.

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Growing from Rock by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

I made sure to revisit this petroglyph panel before leaving No Thoroughfare Canyon.

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No Thoroughfare Canyon Petroglyphs by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

Before leaving the park, I drove up Rim Rock Drive to Cold Shivers Point to take in the view.

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Cold Shivers Point Sign by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

The paved trail to Cold Shivers Point.

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Tree & Trail by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

The view over Columbus Canyon as another storm moves into the area.

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Cold Shivers Point by Randy Langstraat, on Flickr

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3 Comments

  1. Michael Hubrich June 7, 2015 2:57 am  Reply

    Nice Rockformation in Pic 2 and I like the waterfall.
    Thx for showing and Greetings to Grand Junction.
    Michael

  2. Bill June 7, 2015 8:59 am  Reply

    Thanks for sharing, your pictures are always fabulous. You were definitely wise to turn around when the storm clouds rolled in. I’ve seen that canyon fill up with so much water it looked like the Colorado river!

    • Randy Langstraat June 7, 2015 9:09 am  Reply

      Thanks Bill. I didn’t tun around because of the clouds, I just hadn’t planned on going any further than the First Pool yesterday. I’ve actually hiked up No Thoroughfare when it’s flash flooding before with water up to my waste in places: http://adventr.co/2013/08/flash-flood-in-no-thoroughfare-canyon/

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