Four Corners Area
Four Corners Monument
When government surveyors found where the states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico came together, they installed a simple cement pad marking the spot in 1912. Over time, the monument evolved, with a granite marker bearing a copper disc installed in 1992. Further improvements came in 2010, when the site was developed to include two intersecting lines through the center disc, marking the boundaries, alongside the seal of each of the four states.
Four Corners Monument is administered by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department. At the site, Native American artisans sell handmade jewelry, crafts and traditional foods from numerous booths and shops. The monument’s visitor center includes demonstrations and information about native cultures in the region.
The Full Four Corners Experience
Take a drive along Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway to immerse yourself in the Four Corners region, soaking up the history, culture and endless scenery. The route begins in Blanding, where you can see Ancestral Puebloan artifacts and a 1,000-year-old kiva at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum. Meander along State Route 95, leaving plenty of time to stop and explore between Blanding and Natural Bridges National Monument. Comb Ridge, Butler Wash, Cedar Mesa and Valley of the Gods are all popular stops along the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway.
Spend some time in the Four Corners gateway communities to get a true touch of the region. Basecamps could include Mexican Hat, Bluff, Blanding, Monticello or even Moab. These areas offer various types of accommodations and dining options, but during the off-season between October-May call-ahead to find out what’s open.