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Old 12-02-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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Four Corners

I Recently read in the January MH magazine about the Four Corners Monument. Has anyone been there, and if so how is the drive into the area. I would like to take a trip there from Southern California. Any info on the area would be appreciated.
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It's like a drive through the biggest hottest gravel pit you've ever seen.
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Monument valley is very interesting though.
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It is a wonderful trip, with some of the most beautiful country you have ever seen. I can understand acadianbob's comment, it is certainly not Minnesota. Be sure to take in as much of the described trip as you can, and do it before the weather gets hot.

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Thanks for the info...
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You will find that the roads heading to the Four Corners Monument are well-maintained asphalt highway, except for the hard-packed gravel (last time we were there) stretch from Hwy 160 to the actual monument. The area has it own unique geology & scenery - I wouldn't call it the biggest hottest gravel pit. It is picturesque open space. The monument itself is not much to look at, and recently it was determined to have been originally placed in the wrong spot! There isn't camping at the monument, but there are plenty of spots not too far away in SW Colorado or NW New Mexico. The interesting draw of Four Corners is the uniqueness - you can straddle 4 states at once. But do ensure you time your trip in the cooler weather & not mid-winter (blizzarding snow is not uncommon in that area in the winter). It doesn't get as hot in northern New Mexico in the summer as it does in the Imperial Valley of Southern California, but your trip would probably be more enjoyable arriving at the right time of year. FYI - if you are coming to New Mexico, the International Balloon Fiesta held in Albuquerque is a sight worth seeing. It's always held the first to second weekend of October.

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The Four Corners Monument is a wonderful trip. We stopped by the monument en-rout to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon several years back. The entire area is steeped with many activities and attractions. IF you are into rafting, check out Bluff UT. The town is situated in a sandstone formation that makes the town look like a scene from the Flintstones (according to my son). There are some great camping sites near the Colorado river, just outside of town.

If you are into native american culture, check out the "Indian Country Guide Map" which lists numerous locations of pueblos and rock art.

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If traveling from southern California take in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in southern Utah on your way. Both are incredible places.
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It is a wonderful trip, with some of the most beautiful country you have ever seen. I can understand acadianbob's comment, it is certainly not Minnesota. Be sure to take in as much of the described trip as you can, and do it before the weather gets hot.

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My comment was a little "tongue in cheek" but has an element of truth.

The National Forest Service campgrounds in Utah are AWESOME! And some beautiful National Parks as well.

We also did an over-night, 10-mile (each way) backpacking hike to Keat Seal (sp?) an Anasazi archeological site within the Navaho reservation. Spectacular.
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The interesting draw of Four Corners is the uniqueness - you can straddle 4 states at once.
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In the area, Mesa Verde National Park is well worth the trip. Wayne
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You will find that the roads heading to the Four Corners Monument are well-maintained asphalt highway, except for the hard-packed gravel (last time we were there) stretch from Hwy 160 to the actual monument. The area has it own unique geology & scenery - I wouldn't call it the biggest hottest gravel pit. It is picturesque open space. The monument itself is not much to look at, and recently it was determined to have been originally placed in the wrong spot! There isn't camping at the monument, but there are plenty of spots not too far away in SW Colorado or NW New Mexico. The interesting draw of Four Corners is the uniqueness - you can straddle 4 states at once. But do ensure you time your trip in the cooler weather & not mid-winter (blizzarding snow is not uncommon in that area in the winter). It doesn't get as hot in northern New Mexico in the summer as it does in the Imperial Valley of Southern California, but your trip would probably be more enjoyable arriving at the right time of year. FYI - if you are coming to New Mexico, the International Balloon Fiesta held in Albuquerque is a sight worth seeing. It's always held the first to second weekend of October.

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Thanks, looking forward to the trip...
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Get a copy of The Guide To National Parks Of the Southwest,, Published by Western National Parks Association and it will provide an excellent review of the 4 corners region. We have made trips through there in each of the last two years about 2 months each time and plan to go back again this spring. We have yet to see the exact monument though we have passed near by several times.
Highlites of a tour would be, Zion, Bryce, Capital reef, Canyon lands, Arches, Mesa Verd, El malpis, Petrified forest, Grand Canyon.
Not a summer trip, watch out for winds
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