The Four Corners area is the traditional homeland to a number of Native American communities creating a region rich in culture, art and history. Steeped in tradition, this culturally diverse region offers visitors an authentic experience with exceptional food, beautiful art and fascinating people.
Thousands of years ago, Ancestral Puebloans formed the land here, building awe-inspiring stone and adobe cities. They left a rich history you can still see today. They inhabited the area for hundreds of years prior to conquistador Francisco Coronado’s AD 1540 arrival in New Mexico, as his party searched for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola. The descendants of the Ancestral Puebloans currently reside in 20 pueblos in New Mexico and Arizona.
Farmington sits in the center of the Four Corners area, home to the Navajo, Jicarilla-Apache, Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute and Hopi tribes. Make time to discover the people, history and cultures found here and you may never want to leave!
Although completely surrounded by the Navajo reservation, the Hopi people have a long history that is distinctly different from their neighbors. The major Hopi villages are located at the top of three mesas in Northeastern Arizona. Each village is independent and practices its own style of government. All Hopi villages have gifted artisans, and distinctions can be made by the crafts that each village produces.
The Navajo Nation is the largest Indian tribe in the United States, with roughly one third living in New Mexico. The majority of the Navajo people live in Arizona, while a small population resides in southern Utah. The Navajo reservation covers more than 27,000 square miles of land throughout Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.
The Southern Utes have built a modern cultural and tourism center just north of Ignacio, Colorado, the Southern Ute capital. Ancient artwork, artifacts and photographs are exhibited at the Southern Ute Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
The Ute Mountain Ute capitol is in Towaco, Colorado. The Ute Mountain Utes have created a sound economy based on tourism and natural resources. Visitors can enjoy tours of archaeological sites, gaming, fishing and hunting.