What Are Some Activities at the Four Corners Monument in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico?


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Activities at the Four Corners Monument proper, owned and maintained by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation, include opportunities for photographs and shopping, as well as demonstrations by Navajo artisans. Onsite vendors offer handmade jewelry, crafts and traditional Navajo food. Admission is $3 per person, as of 2015.

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The Four Corners monument is part of a larger complex of national and state parks that promote the natural beauty of the region. Within a few hours’ drive of the monument, tourists can also visit Monument Valley (Arizona), Anasazi Heritage Center (Colorado), Shiprock Pinnacle (New Mexico) and Natural Bridges National Monument (Utah).

Like the monument itself, many attractions touch more than one of the Four Corners states. For instance, Monument Valley covers 91,696 acres in northeast Arizona and southeast Utah and is the site of the Mitten and Merrick Buttes. The Anasazi Heritage Center in extreme southwestern Colorado is a world-class archaeological museum specializing in Native American cultures. The backdrop for many western films, Shiprock Pinnacle is perhaps New Mexico’s most famous landmark. Sacred to the Navajo, the peak rises to 7,178 feet at the center of three volcanic ridges. The central attraction at Natural Bridges National Monument is three natural rock bridges; Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu. Hiking the bridges takes visitors past ancient pueblos built into the canyon walls.

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