There is only one place in the United States where four states touch. In the Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet at a single point, which is marked by a metal placard placed in the cement. The Four Corners is a long way from anywhere, and those wanting to visit have to make this a destination—not just a place to stop on the way to somewhere else.
I was surprised to discover the Four Corners isn’t a national park and that it’s actually on reservation land. As such, it doesn’t have the amenities you might expect, nor is it large, splashy or able to accommodate overnight visitors. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting and fun stop for an hour or so before getting back on the road to head somewhere else.
If you’re planning a trip to the Four Corners, here are a few tips to help keep your expectations in check as you venture to this strange multi-corner place in the world.
> Cost is $3.00 per person, cash only. The closest ATM is five miles away.
> This is a very simple site. Parking is a bit haphazard. Cell service is sketchy. The only bathrooms are porta potties. Use them; they’re the only bathrooms around for several miles.
> It can be hot, hot, hot in the summer! The area is exposed to the sun with minimal shade or space to cool off, and no air conditioned buildings. Carry your own water.
> Avoid desecrating the nearby ruins, and think twice before buying any souvenirs that come from the desert landscape. This is a very fragile area.
> Take some time to browse the vendors around the monument. Items are reasonably priced. Don’t be afraid to negotiate for a better deal.
> Grab a quick snack of fresh fry bread before getting back on the road.