The Four Corners Monument
Standing on the Four Corners Monument is not just a fun excuse to say you’ve been in multiple states at once. A trip to this unusual landmark and surrounding area is a mythical journey into the shadows of a lost Native American past, with remnants of a surviving culture, and ancient preservation of indigenous treasures.
Managed by the Navajo Nation, this unique center point of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado, has been home to the native people for hundreds of years. Archaeologists have recorded numerous ancient Puebloan sites abandoned among the rugged landscape, with artifacts scattered among the lost valley dating prior to 1300 AD.
Following the bloodshed of the Civil War, efforts began to survey and create states from the earlier, disputed territories. Made by E.N. Darling in 1868, a sandstone marker designated the first survey of the boundary line. The second survey was completed in 1875 by Chandler Robbins, and the marker was moved to its current location. Survey results were later accepted as the legal boundary when states were established, and the first permanent marker was placed at the site in 1912.
In an attempt to regulate increasing oil exploration on Navajo lands, the first modern Navajo government convened in 1923. Marking their commitment to preservation and protection, a bronze disk circling the meeting point of the four states was placed on the Four Corners in 1931. With two words occupying each state, the disk reads, “Four states here meet in freedom under God.” With the mark of union, the Navajo Nation assumed custody of the monument, and site improvements commenced in the 1960s. The monument has seen two renovations – rebuilt in 1992, and again in 2010.
Features and Nearby Attractions
Traditional Artesian Crafts
The Four Corners Monument is open year round and hosts a small Demonstration Center featuring traditional, handmade Native jewelry, artesian crafts, and authentic tribal food. Navajo (or Dine), and Ute tribes populate the Four Corners region. Craftsmen and artists from both nations are represented at the monument.
Ancient Rock Art & Ruins
The Four Corners region boasts ancient and mysterious rock art and artifacts. These preserved treasures are attributed to the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi).
Most popular sites for viewing rock art and ruins are:
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Hovenweep National Monument
- Canyon de Chelly National Monument
- Edge of the Cedars Utah State Park.
Visitors can enjoy the archaic vistas of nearby Monument Valley, with Navajo tribe members available for guided horseback trail rides, hikes, and Jeep excursions through the native wilderness.
Remote and desolate, this ancient landscape is six miles from the nearest town of TeecNos Pos, AZ. with only one gas station. Bluff, Utah is one of the few neighboring communities providing accommodation.
Admission $3.00 (all ages)
Open 7 am – 8 pm (June – Sept)
Open 8 am – 5 pm (Oct – May)
Four Corners Park Contact: 928-871-6647
The Four Corners Monument is located off US Highway 160. All surrounding area is Native American lands, and includes parts of New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona and covers more than 25,000 square miles of indigenous desert.