The Four Corners, if you don’t already know, is the meeting of four states: Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, and it’s the only place in the U.S. like it. It’s located on Navajo land and out in the middle of nowhere.
Steve and I visited during our Southwest road trip when he was living in New Mexico and I went to visit for a few weeks. We were driving close by on our way back to his house in Eastern New Mexico from Monument Valley, Arizona. I really did have an interest in going. It seems like a cool place where four huge states come together in one spot. While I wasn’t expecting to be wowed with the grandeur or majesty of the place, I was still a little disappointed by it, even with my low expectations. The Four Corners is one of those places that is much better in your mind than in reality.
I’d never tell you not to go here, though.
If you’re in the area, or are really big into geography or just the novelty of the place, FOR SURE, go. But, you should know that the monument isn’t a place I would go hundreds of miles out of my way for. With that being said…
Here’s how to visit Four Corners Monument, USA.
The GPS coordinates are: 597 NM Hwy, Teec Nos Pos, AZ
The best way to get here is from the town of Teec Nos Pos, AZ on a Hwy 160 into the Navajo Nation. It’s about six miles.
It was $5 a person to enter the area. It’s cash only, so make sure to get some before you head out into the desert. Kids 6 and under are free.
- 8AM- 4:45PM (October 1 to March 31)
- 8AM- 5:45PM (April 1 to April 30)
- 8AM- 6:45PM (May 1 to Thursday of Memorial Weekend)
- 8AM- 7:45PM (Friday of Memorial Day Weekend to Aug 15)
- 8AM- 6:35PM (Aug 16-Sept 30)
- CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
All around the plaque are stalls selling Navajo art, jewelry, pottery, and anything you might expect people to make or sell to tourists. They have a few food trucks or food stands so you can get something to eat. This was helpful as this is in the middle of nowhere.
Honestly, there’s not much more to say about it. We walked around, took some pictures, wondered how far off the plaque was from the actual geographical four corners, and left.
Maybe I’m really not selling the monument, maybe you really liked your visit (I didn’t hate ours), or maybe you are rethinking going. I’m not going to tell you this was the greatest place on earth because… it’s not. In the surrounding states are the Grand Canyon, The Rocky Mountains, huge National Parks, deserts, snow-capped mountains, buttes, wild animals… This is a questionably accurate plaque on the ground. It’s cool, interesting, and something to do. It’s something to cross off your list. GO if you’re in the area, but don’t go out of your way expecting the coolest thing you’ve ever seen.
Have you been to the four corners monument? What did you think of it?