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!
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 🙂 )
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)
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)