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Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico – Four Corners Monument

There is only one place in the United States where you can stand in four states at once: the Four Corners Monument. This is where Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico all meet.

Four Corners Monument

When we were planning our trip to the Southwest (Trip #5 in my e-book, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips), one of my daughters was adamant that Four Corners must be on the itinerary. A couple of people discouraged me from visiting, saying there wasn’t much to it. We really wanted to go, and didn’t expect it to be an all-day type of outing, so we planned accordingly. The monument is operated by the Navajo Nation. It’s kinda in the middle of nowhere. An admission fee of $5 per person is charged and only cash is accepted.

Four Corners Monument - run by Navajo

We arrived in the morning. It wasn’t terribly crowded, but there was a steady stream of people waiting to take pictures. Here’s me standing in four states at once. A metal marker is in the middle of the monument.

Standing in four states at once

This was exciting for me because two of these states were new for me: New Mexico (#48) and Utah (#49).  (Later on the same trip I visited Oklahoma, #50.) Here I am standing in my two new states.

Two new states - Utah and New Mexico

We tried a variety of poses at the marker.

Posing at Four Corners Monument-001

My clever husband also thought it would be fun to throw a Frisbee from state to state. He and the kids did that while I took the video.

We weren’t expecting there to be anything other than the marker at the monument, so we were pleasantly surprised to find out that there were shops. Navajo craftsmen displayed and sold their creations.

Navajo shops at Four Corners Monument

Many of the shops sold handmade jewelry. That definitely caught the eyes of me and my two daughters.

Navajo jewelry at Four Corners

Each of us found something we couldn’t live without. My oldest daughter bought a beautiful hand beaded barrette.

Navajo beaded hair barrette at Four Corners Monument

It was expensive (for a barrette), but it was handmade and we met the man who made it.

Navajo jewelry craftsman

Pottery, paintings, and other items were also for sale. We bought a clay Christmas ornament for our collection.

Pottery and paintings at Four Corners Monument

One of the shops sold Navajo Fry Bread and Lemonade. Both were yummy!

Navajo Fry Bread and Lemonade at Four Corners Monument

We were very happy that we included Four Corners Monument in our itinerary. Both the monument and the shops were worth a visit. This is not an all-day attraction, so plan to explore something else on the same day, but it was definitely worth stopping for about an hour. A hiking trail is on the property, but we didn’t hike it.

 

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Four Corners Monument
See website for directions

Admission: $5 per person, cash only. 6 & under are free.

Open 8 am – 8 pm during summer, 8 am – 6 pm in the off-season.

 

This attraction appears in my e-book, How to Visit All 50 States in 12 Trips.

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