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!
Aztec Ruins National Monument
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.