Four Corners

We’re parked in Cortez, Colorado and only about 45 miles from the Four Corners Monument, so how could we not go?  Four Corners is southeast of Cortez and although it’s all two-lane highways the speed limit was 65 MPH most of the way so it didn’t take all that long to get there.

The Four Corners monument is on Navajo Land and we had to pay $10 for the two of us to get in.  The actual monument is a square concrete courtyard or plaza with a set of bronze disks set in the middle.  I placed Susan on top of the center disk, so here she is, in Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico, all at the same time.

Somebody nearby offered to take a photo of the both of us, so here are the two of us in four states at once.

The Monument is surrounded by Navajo stalls selling jewelry, pottery and T-shirts.  We wandered around and Susan got a turquoise necklace to go along with her earrings.  One stall had traditional sand paintings on rock tiles and we bought a large one to display on one of the walls in our casita in Benson.

Really though, it was the scenery to and from Four Corners that made the trip worthwhile. First sighted was East Toe Rock.

East Toe Rock

East Toe Rock is on the southeastern slope of Ute Mountain.  The Ute actually call it Sleeping Ute Mountain and when we were working our way up the hill to the Escalante Pueblo, there was a placard that showed why they thought that.  From a certain angle, Ute Mountain does look like somebody sleeping.  Of course, East Toe Rock is where that person’s foot would be.

We drove along next to Mesa Verde (which was green on top in contrast to the dried desert below, hence its name) and about 5 miles before we made the turn towards Four Corners, there was this butte sticking out from the mesa  that was rather spectacular.

Right next to the butte (which was unnamed) there was another rock formation which is called Squaw Rock.  The little rock next to it was unnamed although I’m surprised that somebody didn’t name it something goofy like Papoose Rock.

Squaw Rock

And just as we made the turn off the main road towards Four Corners, there was Chimney Rock.

Chimney Rock

And finally, while on the side road to Four Corners, off in the distance south of us was Ship Rock.  Ship Rock was 25 miles away at the time which gives you some idea of how tall it must be.

Ship Rock

So Four Corners itself wasn’t a big deal, although Susan got a nice necklace and we got some nice artwork for our casita, but the scenery was more than worth the trip.

We’d give Four Corners a C+ for handicap accessibility.  There was handicap parking, but it was on rocks and gravel and getting Susan from the car to the Monument’s plaza was a bumpy ride that took a bit of effort.  There was no trouble with Susan’s wheelchair in the plaza, so that was a plus.  There was a set of handicap accessible bathrooms, which I will give them credit for, but they were off to one side down a hill and we had to traverse the rocks and gravel to get there.

 

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