Story and Photos by Louis Morales
Winter is officially over and It’s time to come out of hibernation. The sun is shinning brightly and the cool spring breeze is flowing into the valley. With this new warmth, the town of Grand Junction is feeling the outdoor buzz.
Grand Junction is known for many things, but hiking is the top priority for the locals once the weather begins to warm up. The monument has many trailheads, but one very popular spot is Devils Kitchen, which is located off of Monument Road on the south west side of Grand Junction.
Devils Kitchen Trailhead has four trails for the moderate and avid hikers. One very popular trail it has, especially for families, is the No Thoroughfare Canyon Trail.
It takes about an hour and a half to reach the first waterfall/pool which is just about two miles from the entrance. If you’re feeling up to it, you can hike up to Little Park Road. Bring water and snacks if you decide to take up the challenge because it can take six hours to reach Little Park.
With tall canyon walls, wildlife all around and beautifully scented sage brush filling the air, the trail provides a great atmosphere for those who love nature. It’s easy to lose track of time when hiking this trail. The nature that surrounds it easily immerses you.
If you decide to go out to hike this trail, arrive early. There’s limited parking and a small fee of $10 for a pass that will last the week or you can upgrade to a full year for only $25.
One last thing, be aware that you’ll be sharing this popular trail. There will be families, avid hikers and runners, wildlife and the occasional person who appears out of thin air.