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“Essential stop Grand Canyon to Mesa Verde” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Four Corners Monument

Moira, United Kingdom
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“Essential stop Grand Canyon to Mesa Verde”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

We felt we had to come to this unique spot on our tour of the National Parks, we were quite happy with the 3 USD per person entrance fee. Up until the entrance booth it looks like the entrance to any other national park with what appears to be a ranger collecting the entrance fee. But once through its very tatty, one or 2 run down food vendors stalls and some very unclean pit toilets with no locks bearing the instruction 'knock first'.
The four corner point itself looks impressive with raised ramps for photo opportunities looking down on the' medallion' surrounded by the state seals . The arena-like space is surrounded by Indian craft vendors, some of which are very good, we watched one inscribing traditional pictographs onto stones which make a great souvenir.
You don't need more than 30 minutes for the entire visit.

Visited May 2013
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“Remote, isolated...but uniquely enjoyable!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

We tied this remote location in with a visit to Monument Valley, Mesa Verde NP, Durango and Canyon de Chelly National Monument. This imaginary line is located inside the enormous desert landscape in the care of the Navajo Nation - AZ, UT, NW, CO all intersect at this point. The whole Monument area was newly developed back in 2010.

This is the only place in the United States where you have the unique opportunity to place any two limbs or parts thereof across this numinous divide! However, in March it was sunny with bitterly cold winds that swept in across this barren landscape. I can only imagine it will be the other side of the weather coin come high summer!

Admission - $3.00 per person (free under 6 yrs, cash only).

Hours – Open 7 Days (except some Holidays) 0800am - 7:00pm, (500pm in March when we visited).

Restrooms: available in two locations - no running water.

Services - No phones, no electricity, a couple of Navajo food kiosks serving delicious fried bread combinations and beverages. Take plenty of water, food, (a few picnic tables available), snacks, hand sanitiser and the like when visiting - a very risolated area.

Hiking- a free, self-guided trail leads from the RV parking area to Ute Mountain Lookout with some good photo opportunities – we had no time.

Navajo crafts – many of the separate stalls were empty, but the few that were open had some interesting items for sale. We bought a reasonably priced painted seed bowl and were able to use credit card linked to her/our cell phones – had no problems at all. Cash is always king though in markets of this type and usually with a small discount if you ask. She drove from Shiprock in New Mexico most days to sell her crafts – quite a distance.

The Plaque - as you enter the Monument you will pass semi circles of flags before heading past the enclosed craft stalls. Look for the visitors crowding around the centre with outstretched arms and legs - the original cement square is now replaced with a granite and brass disc - the main feature.

Forget feeling a little awkward while having your photo shot this way – everyone gets into the spirit here and most visitors allow a polite amount of time so that photos can be taken without other visitors in the frame. A platform looking down at the plaque gives an alternative angle. We spoke to families from East USA, others from Europe and it was nice to offer them a family shot so that all members could be in ‘Four Places’ at once!

Enjoy your experience!

Visited March 2013
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“keep your expectation low”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is not what you will expect, it has become not much more than a native american flea market. I really don't know what I expected, but what a disappointment! Not worth the $3.00 per person price, dusty and frankly boring. No real visiters center just an oppertunity to buy native crafts from vendors.But the frybread was good.

Visited May 2013
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Detroit, Michigan
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“Kids Like It”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

As others have mentioned, it is what it is and it is not much, but I found it to be a fun and quick stop as it was not far out of the way. It is a concrete plaza with some plaques in the ground. The kids can get an appendage in all four states and take a picture... I recommend the backbend pose! There are picnic tables if you brought some food along. There are Native American craft shops which have the usual jewelry, etc, but I highly recommend the fresh Fry Bread. They fry it while you wait and it was delicious with cinnamon and sugar...another hit with the kids. Long story short, don't expect much, but it was worthwhile, especially with kids.

Visited April 2013
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Hartford, Connecticut
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“Great Place To Find Native American Goods”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

My wife and I were interested in finding some hand made goods from some of the local Native Americans and throughout most of our trip in NM we found that National Park gift shops had the most stuff that was somewhat reasonably priced...

We didn't really want to purchase something from a gift shop though...it didn't have that personal connection, which is something we look for.

We arrived here around 10:30 AM on a Friday...while there were a few people selling things there...the majority of them didn't show up until around noon.

That being said, try to get there for around 11 or so, because most of them bring a limited amount of things with them and so there is a good chance they might have just sold the one item you were looking for.

The "trail" that is at this location is not really worth the hike (20-30 minutes, depending on physical condition). The view is alright, not breathtaking. The "cave" is more of a sinkhole, disappointing.

The fun thing about this site is that there is a marker here that is where four states (Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico) connect. This is the only place in the USA where this occurs, kinda neat.

The fee is $3 per person; children under 6 are free.

http://navajonationparks.org/index.htm

Visited April 2013
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