The entrance to the Four Corners Monument is located in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, but the monument itself is the quadripoint where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet. Seeing the monument and being in all four states at once is just one aspect of this stop. The monument is located in the Navajo Parks and Recreation area. It is $5 per person to enter and they only accept cash. The dates and times of operation vary, so be sure to check online before you go. Also, unlike the rest of Arizona, the Navajo Nation honors daylight savings time, so keep that in mind too!
We visited here with our friends while staying at the cabin in Dolores, Colorado. It was about an hour drive. This part of the country is interesting because you can go from national forest and mountains to the desert in just under an hour, so the scenery is constantly changing. The monument is located in the Ute Mountains, which are unique creations in and of themselves having been worn down over the ages by wind and rain. The temperatures change drastically as well. It was quite hot at the monument and there’s not much shade, so be prepared to wait in a rather long line if you want to take pictures around the actual monument.
Around the monument are permanent vendor stalls where people sell all types of souvenirs from handmade pottery and other items to t-shirts and other trinkets. Plus, as you shop, you’re constantly changing states!
The day we visited was a special day as the Navajo Parks & Recreation was holding an event called the Social Pow-Wow. Being Cherokee, I grew up going to Pow-Wows in Oklahoma and have always loved them. We enjoyed the shade of the big tent and even got some free swag from the Navajo Parks & Recreation table. They were passing out tote bags with all sorts of promotional items in them plus a really nice umbrella from one of their sponsors. This was also a treat because the kids got to see the Pow-Wow, hear the drum chants and experience a culture we don’t often have the chance to see. I loved seeing the little kids in their traditional outfits and seeing the different styles of dance.
While the monument is just a plaque on the ground, it’s worth stopping if it’s not out of your way. I would definitely check the Navajo Parks & Recreation Facebook page though to see if they are holding any special events to make the stop worth it that much more.