What You Need to Know Before Visiting the Four Corners

Did you know you can stand in four states at the same time? The borders of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico were drawn out perfect so the four corners intersect perpendicular to each other, giving you the only chance to be in four states all at once.

It’s on most American’s bucket list to visit the Four Corners, so of course I had to go!

If you missed my blog post from Monday, it breaks down the complete failure of my trip and how my time in Southwest Colorado was cut short. I did make it to the Four Corners though! Check it out!

Where is the Four Corners?

The Four Corners is in the American Southwest, at the corner of Utah, Arizona, Colorado & New Mexico.

Distance from Denver: 7 Hours 30 Minutes
Distance from Salt Lake City: 6 Hours 15 Minutes
Distance from Phoenix: 5 Hours 40 Minutes
Distance from Albuquerque: 4 Hours

From every major city nearby, you eventually hop onto Route 160 and it will bring you to the monument. There is a large expanse of nothing surrounding this monument. I actually drove past the monument on accident the first time I tried to find it! There aren’t many markers. Once you’re there though, you can find the other state welcome signs.

What Does It Cost?

Because it’s a National Monument, I was under the impression that my America the Beautiful Parks Pass would get me in. I was wrong! The monument is actually on the Ute Mountain Reservation, so there is a $5 fee per person to park on their land. They don’t charge by vehicle, it’s by person. So be prepared to have enough cash on you to get in!

What Can You Do Here?

To tell you the truth, this is mostly a photo opportunity. Surrounding the four corners are booths set up selling souvenirs and Native American jewelry and trinkets. Inside the square of booths is the actual monument. There are cement markets showing you the state lines and where all four come together.

Hop in line behind all of the other tourists and get your photo. You can take a serious one, but I also recommend taking funny pictures showing you and your family in different states, or spread out over all four states at once.

Everyone was really nice, always taking the pictures for whoever was immediately in front of them. Aside from taking a picture and buying a postcard, there is nothing around the monument.

I think it’s worth it to visit if you’re driving near the area, but I don’t think it’s worth going out of your way for it. I’m glad I can say I’ve been! I wish there was more to do around the monument.

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