SERIES – PHOTOS OF A FAMILY ROAD TRIP ADVENTURE
This family road trip adventure is moving on! Next on the agenda is the iconic Four Corners Monument, located in the Navajo Nation lands of the American Southwest.
Four Corners Monument is the only place in the United States where four states intersect at one point, and where one can literally be in Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico at the same time. Want to see how? Come along and check it out! Just make sure you have plenty of gas in the tank before heading down the road to Four Corners Monument.
Come Prepared To Experience Four Corners!
Advance preparation is a must for adventurers seeking Four Corners Monument. That’s because Four Corners is smack in the middle of nowhere. There is no running water nor phone service in this remote region of the Navajo Nation, and the nearest gas station is practically 30 miles away!
So yes, being prepared for a Four Corners experience is essential. The monument’s remote location means services like food vendors and restrooms are very sparse for miles around. With the potential for painfully long lines to reach the Four Corners medallion, you’ll be glad you brought along a few essentials. Plenty of water, snacks and cash to enter are a must!
It can take up to an hour, sometimes more, to have your moment upon the Four Corners medallion. Pass the time watching how others contort themselves to be in all four states at once. Contemplate how you will achieve the same feat. Will it be a yoga stance sure to make your yogi proud? Perhaps an old-school Twister-inspired pose? Will it be a crab walk across the medallion? Or will it be something much more creative?
Oh so many fun photo opps to consider for that brief moment of being in four different states at the same time. Have your camera ready when at long last the time has come for your own up-close experience with this iconic granite and brass disk. Time spent in this little corner of the world is fleeting!
The time has come to step away and allow the next group their moment in all four states. This experience isn’t completely over though! Allow time to wander through the Four Corners Visitor Center. Check out the Demonstration Center featuring Native American artisans. Meander past shops along the perimeter for the opportunity to purchase Native American handcrafted jewelry, crafts, traditional foods and more. Learn more about this iconic site, and the Native Americans who operate it.
Where is Four Corners Monument?
Four Corners Monument is located along a remote section of Navajo Nation lands, off US Highway 160. Plan on at least an hour, maybe more, depending on time of year and crowd levels, to fully experience the monument and it’s surrounding Native American artisans.
Note that a $5 per-person cash only entrance fee is charged. No credit cards are accepted for the entrance fee, though some of the artisans do accept credit cards for purchases. The park is owned and maintained by the Navajo National Parks and Recreation Department, not the U.S. National Park Service.
The clouds are rolling in, and rain appears imminent. Time to purchase some Navajo fry bread for the long drive back, and hit the road before the downpour begins. Good bye Four Corners Monument. It was an interesting experience, for sure!
Have You Been to Four Corners Monument?
Yes, Four Corners Monument is what I would classify as a major tourist trap. But where else can one actually “be” in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado at the exact same moment in time? Note that body contortions may be required to accomplish this feat. 🙂 So if you are road tripping through this region of the American Southwest, swing on by and check it out!
Have you been to Four Corners Monument? Did you think it was worth the drive along those desolate roads? Did you have to wait in line for nearly an hour for your moment with the medallion, as we did? Do share your thoughts about visiting this iconic monument!
Catch the rest of the Series – Photos of A Family Road Trip Adventure:
- Road Tripping in Colorado and Utah – Photos of a Family Adventure
- Exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado.
- A Fascinating Experience at Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM
- Inside Cliff Tree House Cliff Dwelling, Mesa Verde National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park – Snapshots of an Amazing, Enlightening Experience
- Inside Animus Forks – A Colorado Mining Ghost Town Experience
- A Day of Experiences In Canyons of The Ancients & Hovenweep Nat’l Monuments
- Hiking Into The Devil’s Garden – Arches National Park
- 5 Favorite Moments – A Photo Journey Through Arches National Park
- Exploring Sego Canyon’s Ancient Rock Art & Historic Ghost Town
All images by C.Biederman.