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Road Trip – Four Corners Area

Explore the Four Corners Region | Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado

Four Corners is a truly unique location within the United States. It is the only place in the country where four states intersect at one point. These states that intersect are Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. Four Corners is the only spot where a person can stand in all four states at one time.

Visitors can visit the monument, which is managed by the Navajo Nation, and is open to the public. The monument also has a visitor center where people can learn about the history of the area and the monument. Originally the marker was a simple concrete slab marking the location of the Four Corners. Today there is a refurbished monument, built in 1992, which has a large bronze disk that marks the boundary lines of all four intersecting states. Within these boundary lines lie the state’s seals.

Located off of Highway 160, Four Corners is in a remote location, but is an ideal place to start a road trip to see some of the nearby destinations in the four states. Radiating out from Four Corners visitors to the area can visit Canyonlands National Park in Utah, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico and Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona. These four destinations are some of the most interesting and beautiful spots in the region.

Canyonlands National Park is filled with canyons, mesas and buttes formed by the Colorado River. Within this desert atmosphere there are four districts, each formed in its distinct way by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Islands in the Sky mesa is the easiest district to reach, the mesa stands atop sandstone cliffs, rising over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Islands in the Sky district has excellent access, with paved scenic drive, views from many overlooks, hikes and four-wheel drive roads. Needles district is more backcountry than Islands in the Sky, it is an excellent site for hiking and four-wheeling. Sights in the Needles district is dominated by the colorful sandstone spires amid the extensive trail system. Maze is the most  remote district in Canyonlands, and it requires self-sufficiency and efforts from its visitors.

Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado is a great spot enjoy some of the amazing archeological sites in Colorado. This park celebrates the history of the Pueblo people in the southwestern United States. Visitors will find over 4000 archeological sites at Mesa Verde, including the 600 cliff dwellings. Some of the best cliff dwellings, including Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House, require the purchase of tickets for guided tours. The Mesa Top Loop Road is a great scenic drive in the park. You can also enjoy a wide range of amazing hikes some of which culminate in cliff dwelling overlooks.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a great spot to experience in New Mexico. Chaco Culture provides access to a wide variety of Chacoan sites. In fact, Chaco Culture National HIstorical Park has the largest concentration of Chaco ruins outside of Mexico. The park also has a great night sky program. The Chaco Night Sky Program includes presentations, astronomy which links modern astronomy with the astronomical knowledge of the Chacoan people.

The Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of Arizona’s true gems.Visitors will discover a vast amount of information about the landscape that has been one of the longest continually inhabited in North America. The monument preserves rock art, artifacts, architecture and much more. Canyon de Chelly also has a living community of Navajo people.

For road trip enthusiasts, the area around Four Corners is filled with gems. Beyond these four amazing national parks, there are many more places to enjoy. Road trippers should be sure to spend time exploring all of the fantastic attractions in the four states that intersect at Four Corners.

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