Visitors seeking the adventure, natural beauty and wide-open spaces of the American Southwest love exploring the Four Corners region. It is the perfect destination for adventurers, history buffs and nature lovers alike.
Immersed in scenery photographers dream of, the Four Corners region is rich with Native American history, National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore the treasures of the Four Corners region and enjoy Farmington as your energizing and affordable basecamp!
725 Ruins Road, Aztec, NM 87410
Aztec Ruins National Monument provides visitors an intimate opportunity to explore ancient ruins built by the ancient Ancestral Puebloans in the 1100s. Aztec Ruins features ceremonial, public, and storage structures as well as the "Great Kiva" the oldest and largest reconstructed Kiva in North America.
1808 CR 7950 Nageezi, NM 87037
Chaco Culture NHP, also known as Chaco Canyon, is the largest excavated prehistoric ruins in North America and is a must see for history buffs and outdoor lovers! Chaco was the center of the ancestral Puebloan culture from AD 850 to 1200. Attractions within the park include Chacoan great houses, kivas, rock art and stunning vistas . The hallmark Chacoan roads and geometric layout of structures captivates visitors from around the world.
Dinétah is the traditional homeland of the Navajo Indian Tribe. The region is full of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) and Navajo rock art and small Navajo ruins called pueblitos, which is Spanish for “little pueblos.” There is also evidence left by the Ute tribes and early Spanish explorers and settlers.
Hwy. 491, Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330
Mesa Verde National Park is an archaeological preserve famous for its concentration of cliff dwellings.
4601 College Blvd. Farmington NM 87402
The Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology is located in the San Juan College School of Energy and features a fascinating collection. This is a must see for fossil lovers and rock hounds.
Visible from Hwy. 64 & Hwy. 491
Shiprock Pinnacle is one of New Mexico's most iconic landmarks. This unique towering rock formation can be seen for miles in all directions. Shiprock is known to the Navajo as "Tsé Bit' A'í", or rock with wings. The peak tip rests at 7,178 feet above sea level, and is at the center of three volcanic pressure ridges that pushed the rock skyward millenniums ago. Due to its sacred nature, climbing is not permitted.
27501 Hwy. 184, Dolores, Colorado 81323
The Anasazi Heritage Center is southwest Colorado's premier archaeological museum with permanent and changing exhibits featuring archaeology, history and regional Native American cultures.
Hwy 160 / PO Box 588, Chinle, AZ 86503
The labyrinth called Canyon de Chelly (d’SHAY) is really several canyons. Throughout the park, visitors will see archaeological ruins such as cliff dwellings and kivas as well the panoramic views of the canyons.
500 S. Terrace Ave, Chama, NM 87520 and 5250 US Highway 285, Antonito, CO 81120
Chama Location: 575-756-2151 or 888-286-2737 Antonito Location: 719-376-5483 or 888-286-2737
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a coal-fired, steam-operated, narrow gauge train that travels through the remote wilderness of the southern Rocky Mountains between Chama, NM and Antonito, CO. The railroad is known around the world for its spectacular scenery, unique machinery, and historic structures.
479 Main Ave. Durango, CO, 81301
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a coal-fired, steam-operated, narrow gauge train that travels through the remote wilderness of the San Juan National Forest between Durango and Silverton in Southwestern Colorado.
660 West 400 North, Blanding, Utah 84511-0788
Edge of the Cedars State Park features an Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) ruin and modern visitor center and museum. The museum is the archaeological repository for southeast Utah.
Hwy. 160, 60 miles NW of Farmington, NM
The Four Corners Monument, also known as Four Corners Tribal Park, is the only unique landmark in the United States where four states intersect at one point: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. The original marker was a simple cement pad, but has since been redone in granite and brass.
c/o Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, 660 West 400 North, Blanding, UT 84511
Goosenecks State Park is where the San Juan River has carved deep canyons through the countryside before reaching the Colorado River. The river winds back and forth for 5 miles while only traveling one linear mile.
McElmo Route, Cortez, CO 81321
Hovenweep National Monument features the ruins of six Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) communities. The ruins are spread throughout a valley that crosses the Utah and Colorado border. Short trails take you to the six communities. A stop at the Visitors Center is a must.
US Highway 163, Utah
Mexican Hat Rock is a rock formation north of the small town of Mexican Hat shaped like an upside-down sombrero. The town of Mexican Hat serves as the "put-out" spot for rafters on the San Juan River from Bluff, UT. The Mexican Hat Rock can be reached by a small trail.
Hwy. 163, Monument Valley, AZ
Monument Valley's enchanting landscape displays mesas, buttes and fragile pinnacles covering 91,696 acres in Southeast Utah and Northwest Arizona. The world-famous panorama of Mitten Buttes and Merrick Butte are visible from the Monument Valley (Tse'Bii'Ndzisgaii, Navajo name) Visitors Center. Places such as Ear of the Wind and other landmarks can only be accessed via guided tours.
35 miles west of Blanding, Utah
Natural Bridges National Monument features three large natural bridges, Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu, set at the bottom of two adjacent canyons. Visitors can view the arches from an overlook or hike trails to experience them up close and personal.
6131 Hwy. 64, Bloomfield, NM 87413
Salmon Ruins is one of the largest outlying colonies built in the Chacoan style during the 11th century. Heritage Park is comprised of reconstructed dwelling and habitation areas. Visitors can investigate replicas of a sweatlodge, hogan, tipi, and pithouse. The museum features ancient artifacts and interesting "new" exhibits.
Navajo Lake State Park
505-564-7600 or 800-842-3127
The wildlife, scenery and a Navajo Pueblito found amidst this 3,900 acres of diverse canyon landscape make this a great area for day hikes.