by Mike Satterfield
On my last trip home from Denver I decided to take the long way home, across highway 160 through the Rocky Mountains to one of the more remote roadside attractions, the Four Corners Monument. The original marker was erected in 1912 and has long drawn travelers who want to have their photo taken in four states at the same time. The site is administered by the Navajo Nation and they charge $5-10 per person. The visitor center is open year round except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The site features a plaque marking the location where all four states meet, surrounded by stalls where Navajo and Ute vendors sell handmade jewelry, crafts and traditional foods.
It's off the beaten path but that is what makes it fun, when you are finished, depending on your destination you can head north into Arches National park or Southwest towards the Grand Canyon, making it a good place to get out of the car and stretch your legs for awhile. If you do happen to get to the monument around noon and didn't pack a lunch you can always get some of Grandma's Frybread or my personal recommendation a Navajo Taco.
To plan your visit check out the Four Corners Monument official website HERE.