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Do you like unique geographical locations and want to stand in 4 US states all at once? Then you’ve got to visit the Four Corners Monument one day! It’s the only location in the US where the borders of 4 states touch.
Where are the four corners located?
The four corners monument is located in the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. The land is owned and operated by the Navajo Tribal Park. It also is a boundary between the Navajo nation and the Ute tribe.
To be honest, saying it’s in the middle of nowhere isn’t a stretch. You probably would not go on a specific trip just to see the Four Corners, however if you’re going to other places out west, then it’s worth it as a stop in between or on the way to different locations.
You will need a car to get here as well.
We came here as a stop on our 2 week western parks road trip. After leaving the Grand Canyon south rim, we stopped first in Monument Valley, then the 4 corners, and onto Mesa Verde National Park. It was a great in between for these locations!
Distance & Time from other points of interest nearby:
- Grand Canyon South Rim, Arizona – 4 hours, 232 miles
- Monument Valley, Utah – 1.5 hours, 100 miles –This is the way we came from, you can read about the drive here.
- Moab, Utah – 2.5 hours, 144 miles
- Cortez & Mesa Verde, Colorado – 40 mins, 40 miles – We drove to Mesa Verde after our stop here.
- Gallup, New Mexico – 2 hours, 124 miles
Are there places to stay at overnight nearby?
Four Corners hours and entrance fee
There’s an entrance fee of $5 per person, cash only, and it’s open from 8am till 5, or 8pm depending on the season. Check dates and times on their website here.
Parking is very plentiful–you can basically choose which of the 4 states to park in! We parked, and also used the bathroom(port-a-potty that it was), in New Mexico 😀
Things to Do
Stand in four states at once!
Of course this is THE thing to do, the reason why you come here! People stand around and wait their turn to go and sit, stand, or make a wacky pose on top of the marker. There are signs around saying there’s a limit of 3 photos, which is a good thing if it gets crowded I’m sure, but when we were there, it wasn’t so we did take a few more than just 3. No one seemed to mind and those around were respectful of giving everybody a turn.
Shop around at the many Navajo vendors selling their arts & crafts
Surrounding the monument are tons of shopping stalls. There’s lots of jewelry, both cheap and expensive, dream catchers, pottery, paintings, and a lot more. Many of them are even working on their craft right there. The one man we saw was making painted decorated arrows with arrow heads made out of some type of stone that when held up to the sun the light shined through beautifully!
Take a walk on “Dancin’ Horse Trail”
Yes there is actually a small trail here! It’s not long either, only about 0.3 miles. It leads to a spot with a few overlooks of the San Juan River.
Get a bite to eat if you can
When we were there, there was only 1 food vendor, we thought there would be more-and maybe at other times of the year there is (we went in October).
The food vendor was out in the parking lot area somewhat near the main entrance in a white trailer with a slightly larger area attached on for shade and a place to sit.
It was closed when we first went over to it. This was bad, because we were both planning to get some food here, and we were hungry. After maybe a half hour or so though (we went back to look around at the shops for bit), there was an “Open” sign out and the door was open too, yay!
There wasn’t a lot on the menu, but we didn’t care, we were starving by now! We each got a Navajo Hotdog, which was simply a hot dog with your choice of toppings on some frybread for a bun.
There was just a single woman cooking inside the trailer, doing orders individually, one at a time. Thankfully there were only 2 people in front of us when we ordered, so after their food came out it was about a 15 minute wait for our food. Was nothing exceptional, but pretty tasty!
Is the Four Corners Monument worth seeing?
I see a lot of up and down reviews on the place. Some people say it’s a waste of time and money to charge a fee to stand on a spot on the ground in the middle of nowhere. Others, like myself, think it’s pretty awesome to be able to stand in 4 states all at once! I personally think it was very much worth it, but I love traveling, geography, and unique places such as these!
And…that’s about it! You can make this a quick 1 hour stop or less if you wanted to. And make sure you bring your own food if you’re really hungry, especially some water as it’s very sunny and can be hot! I felt it was an hour or two well spent on our road trip in between Monument Valley and driving to Mesa Verde National Park.