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No ThoroughFALL Canyon

Fall Colors 2017 | No Thoroughfare Canyon
Monday, October 16, 2017

No Thoroughfare Fall Colors
Beautiful desert fall colors in No Thoroughfare Canyon within the Colorado National Monument.

No, the big canyon located at the east end of the Colorado National Monument hasn’t had a name change, it’s still named No Thoroughfare Canyon. But since I went on a short hike into the canyon this evening to check on the fall colors of the cottonwoods, I thought it was a fun take on the name. I try to head up into the Colorado National Monument each October to catch the cottonwoods changing colors, and as you can see from the photos below they were coming along nicely!

A lone yellow cottonwood leaf on cracked mud in the wash.

Cracked Mud

Following the No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail under a canopy of yellow cottonwood trees.

No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail

Cottonwood Canyon

Colorful stripes on the wall at the First Waterfall.

First Fall Stripes

The cottonwood trees below the First Waterfall always put on a nice display. Looks like I almost caught them at peak color this year.

Boulders & Cottonwoods

A little camera movement while photographing the stripes on the wall of the canyon.

Moving Stripes

Colorful trees right in the middle of the wash during my hike back out.

Middle Of The Wash

A beautiful array of colors.

Array Of Colors

A view of the cottonwood near the First Pool with a reflection in a muddy pothole.

First Pool Cottonwood

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  1. Lorna Mildice
    Lorna Mildice October 19, 2017

    Gorgeous! Love the play with the canyon wall stripes.

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