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Four Corners Area

Four Corners Area
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Four Corners Area has closed for the time being. However, nearby regions and activities are still accessible. To learn more, you can find updates regarding COVID-19 and Utah's parks here.


As the only place in the United States where four states meet at one geographic location, the Four Corners is unique. However, this geographic anomaly is only one reason why this region is so special. It is also home to a rich indigenous heritage, and the location of the Navajo Nation.

Ancestral Puebloan people lived in the area earlier than 1200 CE, and evidence of their fascinating culture and rich heritage abounds. They are known for building ruins perched on cliff-edges atop boulders. Marvel at the builders’ innovative ideas and construction skills as well as the remnants themselves, set against stunning sandstone panoramas.

Dark skies lend to dazzling celestial shows in the evenings. Sit back and soak in the stars while contemplating the ancient ways. Visit the Four Corners on its own or add a stop on a trip to Arches or Canyonlands national parks.

Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

Four Corners Monument

When government surveyors found where the states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico came together, they installed a simple cement pad marking the spot in 1912. Over time, the monument evolved, with a granite marker bearing a copper disc installed in 1992. Further improvements came in 2010, when the site was developed to include two intersecting lines through the center disc, marking the boundaries, alongside the seal of each of the four states. 

Four Corners Monument is administered by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department. At the site, Native American artisans sell handmade jewelry, crafts and traditional foods from numerous booths and shops. The monument’s visitor center includes demonstrations and information about native cultures in the region.

The Full Four Corners Experience

Take a drive along Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway to immerse yourself in the Four Corners region, soaking up the history, culture and endless scenery. The route begins in Blanding, where you can see Ancestral Puebloan artifacts and a 1,000-year-old kiva at Natural Bridges National Monument. Comb Ridge, Butler Wash, Cedar Mesa and Valley of the Gods are all popular stops along the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway.

Spend some time in the Four Corners gateway communities to get a true touch of the region. Basecamps could include Mexican HatBluffBlandingMonticello or even Moab. These areas offer various types of accommodations and dining options, but during the off-season between October-May call-ahead to find out what’s open.

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Plan Your Trip

Stunning scenery and unique cultural opportunities await in the Four Corners region, but a trip here requires a little extra preparation. Be sure to learn about proper protocols when visiting tribal lands, select the best season for your needs, plan for variable weather, print good directions ahead of time and bring an up-to-date printed map to prepare for an unforgettable adventure. 

Respecting Tribal Land

When visiting tribal lands, consider taking some time to ponder the past and the present and learn about the unique cultural elements of this sacred region. Learn about the area’s inhabitants and always be respectful of Navajo land and follow proper protocols including:

  • Stay in areas where you are allowed. Do not enter anywhere that is marked as closed or off-limits. Stay on trails and designated routes. Do not hike, rock climb or drive any type of vehicle off designated routes. 

  • Do not take or disturb anything, including artifacts, animals, plants and rocks.

  • Alcohol and firearms are not allowed on the Navajo Nation.

  • Never enter anyone’s home unless you are invited, and always ask permission to take photos. 

  • Be respectful and unobtrusive when observing festivals and events, which should be treated with the reverence of any religious service. Make sure visitors are welcome before attending, and realize not every ceremony is open to the public. 

Be sure to read the rules and regulations as well as the full list of protocols for a respectful visit before your trip.

Weather

Located about 5,000 feet above sea level, the Four Corners area has hot summer months, mild shoulder seasons, and even a dusting of snow during the winter. Each season is unique. 

  • During summer (June-August), temperatures approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, so cooler mornings and evenings are the best time for exploration. Be aware of flash floods. 
  • In winter (December-February), temperatures can be cold, with occasional snow — usually just a dusting. 
  • Spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) typically have the most mild weather. 

No matter when you visit, carry plenty of water and sun protection and be prepared for changing conditions, including cooler conditions and thunderstorms. To learn more, visit our Utah weather page

Getting Here

Four Corners Monument is only accessible via car or tour bus. It can be reached from U.S. 191 from just west of Bluff, Utah, through the Navajo Nation, to U.S. 160, or also from Bluff on S.R. 162 into Colorado to 160.

  • Do not rely on vehicle GPS — it is not reliable in the area. Be sure to obtain directions ahead of time and stick to paved roads, which lead to all points of interest.  

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