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.
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 original marker, erected in 1912, was a simple cement pad placed after government surveys showed the location of the terminus of the four state boundaries. The monument was refurbished in 1992 with a bronze disk embedded in granite. Each of the state boundaries radiate from the disk and each state's seal rests within that state's boundary.
The Four Corners Monument is located off US Highway 160. The area surrounding the monument is Native American land, which includes part of New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona and covers some 25,000 square miles. Both the Navajo, or Dine, and Ute people live in the Four Corners area. Artisans and craftsmen from both Indian nations are represented at the monument.
Many people who travel to Four Corners want to learn more about Native Americans, their cultures and ways of life. There is some opportunity to do that, by touring the visitor center and visiting with craftsmen at their booths. If you want a more extensive experience, we recommend you travel on to Monument Valley. Spend an hour or two at the Monument Valley Visitor Center and then let a Navajo guide take you on a tour of the valley. Native American guides can also take you on horseback trail rides, hikes, and Jeep excursions to other interesting areas.
This area has been home to native peoples for hundreds of years. Archaeologists have recorded numerous ancient Puebloan sites dating prior to AD 1300 throughout the Four Corners area.
How to Get Here
The only way to get here is by automobile or tour bus.
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
- Lake Powell
- 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.
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