Four Corners Monument
The Four Corners is the only place in the United States where four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado) come together at one place. Here a person can stand in four states at the same time.
The unique landmark is managed by the Navajo Nation and is open for visits from the public.
•Admission $3.00 (all ages)
•Open 7 am – 8 pm (June – Sept)
•Open 8 am – 5 pm (Oct – May)
•Four Corners Park: 928-871-6647
There is a small visitor center, which is open year round. It features a Demonstration Center with Native American artisans. Vendors sell handmade jewelry, crafts and traditional foods nearby. Self-contained toilets are available.
Four Corners can easily be visited while exploring the Monument Valley area, or as part of a Grand Circle trip including Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde and other national parks.
The area is very remote. The tiny community of Teec Nos Pos, AZ, is six miles away and it has a gas station. The nearest communities offering a variety of lodging, restaurants and other services are shown below:
•Shiprock, NM – 33 miles
•Cortez, CO – 40 miles
•Bluff, UT – 65 miles
•Kayenta, AZ – 77 miles
•Monument Valley – 100 miles
The closest major airports are located in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Denver. Four Corners is a long drive from the airports and so a trip just to see the monument is not practical. However. Many people rent automobiles and visit Four Corners as part of a tour that includes Monument Valley and the nearby national parks.
Where to Stay
Excellent lodging options are available not far away in Monument Valley and Bluff UT.
The scenery immediately surrounding the Four Corners Monument is somewhat bleak, but nearby you will find incredible sites that typify our Southwest desert country. They include:
•Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
•Mesa Verde National Park
•Arches National Park
•Canyonlands National Park
•Goosenecks Utah State Park
•Dead Horse Point Utah State Park
Ancient Rock Art & Ruins
Fascinating ancient cultural sites are found in this region. Most include rock art and artifacts attributed to the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi). Major sites open to the public include:
•Mesa Verde National Park
•Hovenweep National Monument
•Canyon de Chelly National Monument
•Edge of the Cedars Utah State Park
The Grand Gulch area offers a tremendous number of backcountry sites in a wilderness-like setting.
For immediate information about Four Corners:
Utah’s Canyon Country Travel Council at 800-574-4386
Information from: http://www.utah.com/playgrounds/four_corners.htm