Four Corners Monument

Marking the quadripoint in the US Southwest where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet, this marker offers a rare geographical occurrence

Four Corners Monument:

The original marker, erected in 1912, was a simple cement pad placed after government surveys showing the location of the terminus of the four state boundaries.

The monument was refurbished in 1992 with a bronze disk embedded in granite.

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Each of the state boundaries (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) radiate from the disk and each state’s seal rests within that state’s boundary.

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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.

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There is a small visitor centre open year-round, which features a demonstration centre with Native American artisans.

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Vendors sell handmade jewellery, crafts and traditional foods nearby.

The area is very remote and a small community of Teec Nos Pos, AZ, is six miles away offering a station. The nearest communities include Shiprock, NM (33 miles), Kayenta, AZ (77 miles) and

Monument Valley (100 miles).

Getting there:

The Four Corners Monument is located off US Highway 160.

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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.

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The closest major airports are located in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Denver.

The drive from Monument Valley takes around 1 hour 10 mins.

Admission:

A ticket costs $6 per adult. Children under six go free.

Opening times:

16 August – 30 September: 8:00am – 6:45pm

1 October – 31 March: 8:00am – 4:45pm

1 – 30 April: 8:00am – 5:45 pm

Selected times on Memorial weekend. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Where to stay:

Ute Mountain Casino & Hotel is where we stayed. With a cracking breakfast and great spacious rooms, this casino/hotel is brilliant.

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Four Corners Inn offers a comfy bed and free breakfast. A standard room costs $85 per night.

The hotel is 70 miles from the monument, which is about a 1 hour 20 min drive.

Address: 131 East Center Blanding, UT 84511.

Useful links:

Free travel guide: to navigate Utah’s red rock, scenic byways and learn more about its culture

Utah Highway map: digital guide

Suggested itineraries: the Mighty Five National Parks and Wild West Frontier etc

 

Checking out C & J.

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