Four Corners Monument

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Four Corners Monument is a fun side trip when you are touring the Southwest U.S. It is the only place in the United States where four states intersect at one point: Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. If you are very agile, you can have your photo taken with your legs in two states and your arms in the other two. Not a very dignified position, but lots of fun, especially for kids.

The original marker, erected in 1912, was a simple cement pad placed after government surveys showed the location of the terminus of the four state boundaries. The monument was refurbished in 1992 with a bronze disk embedded in granite. Each of the state boundaries radiate from the disk and each state’s seal rests within that state’s boundary.

Four Corners Monument is part of the Navajo Reservation. The visitor’s center features a demonstration center with Navajo artisans, and Navajo craftsmen and women sell handmade jewelry, crafts and traditional foods. Four Corners Monument is at the center of several fantastic locations: Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Mesa Verde and Hovenweep, to name just a few, so take a few minutes on your way to stop at Four Corners Monument and stand in four states at once!

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