Four Corners Monument
Our drive from Flagstaff, AZ to Mancos, CO took us eastward on US-160, right through the Four Corners region of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. There’s no other place in the nation where you can stand in 4 states at one time. So of course we had to visit the Four Corners Monument.
Unfortunately, it closes at 5pm and we arrived right at closing time. So we had to continue onto our destination and return another day to check it out.
The Four Corners Monument
So what’s there to see at the Four Corners Monument? Well, not a whole lot really. It’s just a small monument with a big metal plaque set into the ground. There are also individual state plaques at the corners of the monument. Finally, there are art sellers around the outside of the monument with some cool stuff.
It’ll take you all of about 20 minutes to read and see everything there is to see. Basically, if you’re driving through, it’s a nice little diversion from your driving.
Dancing Horse Trail Hike
The best part of our visit was spending an hour roaming around the Dancing Horse Trail in the Colorado portion of the monument. It’s a short hike, perhaps a mile total. The hike runs up onto a ridge that’s maybe 100 feet high at the top where you can get a good view of all four states and the San Juan River.
There’s even a small cave. They call it the Wolfman Cave, but let’s get real…it’s more like an overhang filled with rocks. It certainly wouldn’t make for very comfortable sleeping, even if you had an air mattress.
It’s certainly not a difficult or long hike. You can cover all of the various spurs in under an hour if you don’t spend any time sitting around. Most likely though, you’re just taking a break from driving while passing through (this isn’t really a destination type of place) and the hike is nice to get a little activity before plopping back down in the driver’s seat.
There’s really only one way to get to the Four Corners Monument. Get on US-160 and aim for the border of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. For those of you not so well-versed in geography, it’s the northeast of Arizona, southeast of Utah, southwest of Colorado, and northwest of New Mexico.
It’s $3 per person to get in. This is Navajo Land though, so your National Parks Pass won’t work here, if you have one. Dogs aren’t allowed at the monument, but they are allowed on the trail.
Here are a few pictures we snapped off at the monument and on the hike. Yes, those girls are playing Twister right on the monument. Why not, right? Where else can you have your right foot on red in Colorado and your left hand on blue in Arizona?