In addition khổng lồ the Four Corners Monument — where edquebecor.com’s southwest border meets Arizona, Utah & New Mexico — the area is filled with archaeological sites, remote landscapes & scenic byways waiting lớn be explored.
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Travel to lớn the southwestern-most point in Coloravày và you’ll reach the Four Corners Monument, an intersection with the three surrounding states’ borders. The original marker was placed in 1912, and these days a bronze disk embedded in granite identifies the only spot in the U.S. where you can stand in four states at once. Aside from the requisite photo op, pay a visit to lớn the Demonstration Center for jewelry, crafts và food made by Navajo artisans.
Getting to lớn the Four Corners Monument
Arriving by car or RV, the landmark is approximately 45 minutes from Cortez via U.S. Hwy. 160; the drive sầu from Denver khổng lồ Cortez is roughly seven hours on U.S. Hwys. 285 & 160. If you cross into lớn Colorabởi from the south on Hwy. 160, you’ll be greeted by one of the rustic-looking “Welcome to lớn Colorful edquebecor.com” signs, which are popular for snapshots.
What khổng lồ See Along the Way
As you approach the Four Corners from other parts of Coloravị, your route will likely take you past the towns of Durango — the departure point for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad — Mancos, Cortez & Towaoc, where the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel is located.
This part of the state is rich with archaeological sites that offer insight inkhổng lồ the Ancestral Puebloans who lived here long ago. Follow all or a portion of the 116-mile Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway that connects don’t-miss stops lượt thích Mesa Verde National Park, with its famed cliff dwellings; Ute Mountain Tribal Park’s rochồng art; the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, home page khổng lồ Lowry Pueblo and bolstered by the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center và Museum that serves as a museum and jumping-off point to lớn the monument; & even Hovenweep National Monument, straddling Utah & Colorabởi and known for its stone towers.
You can also drive sầu the San Juan Skyway, a 236-mile loop on which you’ll encounter breathtaking views of massive sầu peaks & national forest. Travel through mountain towns lượt thích Durango, Ouray, Telluride và Silverton for a taste of the mining era in the late 1800s.
Explore the Region
Visiting this far corner of Coloravị also affords the perfect opportunity for a road trip of the surrounding region. Mesa Verde Country is part of the Grand Circle, an area in the Southwest that encompasses portions of Coloravị, Arizona, New Mexiteo, Utah & Nevadomain authority. Here you’ll find the largest concentration of national parks & monuments in America. From the Four Corners you could venture lớn Monument Valley, Canyonlands National Park, the Gr& Canyon và other attractions across the high desert of the Coloravì chưng Plateau.
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Plan a detailed seven-day itinerary with the help of Mesa Verde Country’s trang web. Once in the area, stop by the Official Coloravì chưng Welcome Center at Cortez for additional resources.