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Four Corners Monument: Only Place Where 4 States Meet - See traveler reviews, candid There was no one at the "box office" so we drove on in. The monument where "visitors can simultaneously straddle the territory of four states" is maintained as a tourist attraction by the Navajo Nation with two words in each state "Here meet in freedom under God four states". A few years ago, it was reported in the media that the spot where the four states meet is actually miles west of the monument. What!?.
My husband had especially wanted to visit this special spot for a long time and we made it happen on our Mesa Verde National Park trip! Four Corners Monument is the only place in the United States where you can stand in four states at the same time.
Thousands of visitors travel to this remote monument each year to say they have been there and done that. It is in the right place A few years ago, it was reported in the media that the spot where the four states meet is actually 2. I looked into this to find that the original surveyor, using the best tools available inmissed where the spot should have been by about feet, not 2. The marker was placed and accepted by the U.
Congress, and from that time forward, the marker has been the legal divider between the four states. There is no running water at Four Corners Monument. You may find vendors selling food and drinks at the monument, but they were not open during our visit. Make sure you have plenty of fuel in your car, cash, food and drinks, hand sanitizer and extras of whatever else you will need for your trip to Four Corners. The nearest convenience station is about 6 miles away, in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.
The Utes own the southwest corner of Colorado. Expect to wait your turn Nearly everyone who visits Four Corners Monument wants to take a photo of themselves standing in all four states at once. The other visitors were considerate about taking turns on the monument and allowing us to get good photos and we tried to do the same for them.
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We visited late in the afternoon on a Wednesday in October. I was surprised to find more than half a dozen cars in the parking lot, considering how remote this place is and how few cars we saw on the road. A steady stream of visitors came and went during our visit.
Save time for shopping Navajo vendors occupy permanent booths that surround the monument. Nearly all of them sell jewelry and other Navajo crafts. History[ edit ] History of the borders The evolution of the borders that make up Four Corners, beginning in The monument is marked by the yellow dot, with modern state boundaries underlaid for reference.
The borders that make up Four Corners, along with the year each border was officially surveyed and marked. The markers left in the original survey are today's current borders, and supersede any earlier written descriptions. The area now called Four Corners was initially American Indian land and beginning in the 16th century it was claimed by Spain as part of New Spain.
The border between the two territories was congressionally defined as the 37th parallel north by the 31st United States Congress. Inthe 36th United States Congress transferred land previously allocated to the Utah Territory, to the newly created Colorado Territory. The Colorado Territory's southern border would remain as the 37th parallel north, but a new border—between the Colorado and Utah Territories—was declared to be the 32nd meridian west from Washington.
This line was derived from the reference used at the time, the Washington meridian. They claimed by doing so the U. Congress responded in by creating another Arizona Territory with different, but partially overlapping boundaries.
The Confederate boundaries split New Mexico along an east—west line, the 34th parallel northallowing for a single state connection from Texas to the Colorado River. This would give the Confederacy access to California and the Pacific coast. The Union definition split New Mexico along a north—south line, the 32nd meridian west from Washington, which simply extended the boundary between Colorado and Utah southward.
The Union plan eventually became reality, and this created the quadripoint at the modern Four Corners. Darling survey and set markers along the border between the Colorado and New Mexico Territories the 37th parallel north ; this border has become known as the "Darling Line". Robbins began near the Mexico—United States borderand worked his way north marking the border every so often.
Near the 37th parallel north he intersected the Darling Line, and here he erected a sandstone shaft. This sandstone shaft marked today's location of the Four Corners Monument. Reeves surveyed and marked the border between the newly created State of Colorado and the Utah Territory.
Reeves located the sandstone shaft marker placed by Robbins at today's Four Corners Monument. He then began to survey and mark the border between Colorado and Utah from this point northward.