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Canyon Country Discovery Center
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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. 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. Read more...
117 S Main St.
Monticello, UT 84535
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
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.
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.
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
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.