Four Corners Monument

This past weekend my friend and I decided to escape the Phoenix heat and head north for some peace and cooler weather. We ended up in northeastern Arizona to check out some of the sites on/near the Navajo Nation, which just so happens to be one of my favorite places. (smile) It turned out to be a pretty epic road trip that exceeded all expectations! It was so nice to get out of the city and into wide open spaces – discovering new places became a bonus!

Four Corners Monument, Navajo Reservation

One of the more tourist-y stops, and I admit one I’ve wanted to visit for years now, was the Four Corners Monument. This is the only point in the U.S. shared by four states – Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. How can you resist a trip to four places all in one?! (You I can’t…obviously 🙂 )

Four Corners Monument, Navajo Reservation

Luckily, I had been forewarned that the monument was very much a tourist attraction so my expectations weren’t too high. The Navajo (who operate the monument) have built a nice venue around the formal survey marker. This venue also happens to be divided into stalls, which feature local vendors selling crafts and souvenirs. So it’s a bit of a cross between monument and craft fair. Other than the marker itself, shopping is really the only other thing to do there, so be prepared. There was a nice queue for photos with the survey marker and several bystanders were kindly filling in as impromptu photographers. It was a nice to see everyone coming together for a common cause! (smile)

Four Corners Monument, Navajo Reservation

Four Corners Monument, Navajo Reservation

The entry fee for Four Corners Monument is $5 per person. Operating hours at the time of this posting are 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week. Remember that while most of Arizona does not observe daylight savings time, the Navajo reservation does. This means that between March and November, the reservation is an hour ahead of the rest of the state, so plan accordingly. Oh and be sure to heed the signs…. (smile)

4 thoughts on “Four Corners Monument

  1. I never would have dreamed of discarding human remains there! Holy cow. I guess some people might want to have their ashes spread across 4 states though.
    I wouldn’t be able to resist going either. How long did it take to get there from Phoenix?

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    • It’s about 5.5 hour drive from Phoenix. It’s a nice drive through the Navajo Reservation though. The best explanation we could think of for the human remains would be people wanting to be scattered “to the four corners,” since that’s what the area is known as. I suppose that’s one literal translation 🙂 As long as you have the right expectations, it’s totally worth a stop.

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