Four Corners Monument

admin March 28, 2011 0

The Four Corners area is a significant point in the United States because the Four Corners Monument is shared by four different states in America. Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah are all the states that meet at the point labeled the Four Corners Monument. Originally in 1912, the Four Corners Monument was just cement flooring and that was it, no significance shown to the point. But many years later it has been refurbished into granite and brass and is a significant monument in America and is an important symbol for the four states involved. This is the only point where four states meet at 90 degree angles anywhere in the United States.

It wasn’t until 1992 that the area of the four corners monument was refurbished into granite and brass from just being a plain cement floor. This was done to give the Four Corners Monument a more attractive appearance that it deserves. Before, with the cement pad, it just looked like any other ordinary furnishing, but now it has been modified to have a more touristy look. The granite and brass finish looks a lot classier than the cement pad before and certainly gives the Four Corners Monument a decorative look to honor the significant symbol of the point.

The area where the Four Corners monument is located is very distanced from anything else; there are only a couple of cafés, grocery stores, and gas stations within a 30 mile radius of the Four Corners Monument. It is strongly recommended that if you visit the landmark that you take a few essentials such as water, Gatorade, or other fluids to make sure you have some form of hydration for yourself in the dry Colorado climate. Make sure to bring your cell phone, too, as there are no pay phone on-site for emergencies.

Many people have been extremely proud of themselves for having the ability to cross four states in America simultaneously! However, many reports have lead to many professional geologists believing that the accuracy of the Four Corners Monument isn’t close to where the actual point is and where the Four Corners Monument should actually lie. They believe that the monument should be placed a further 1,807 feet to the east to be on the correct point to symbolize the meeting points of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.

The Four Corners Monument is currently being maintained as an attraction to be visited by tourists by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department. It is open to tourists 7 days a week from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.  This Visitor Center at the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department is open all year round for tourists to visit the Demonstration Center, which features Navajo artisans. Navajo vendors are also present at the Demonstration Center to sell jewelry, crafts, and local Navajo food.

It is highly recommended that you take the chance to visit the Four Corner Monument. Not many people get the chance to say they have been in 4 states at the same time!

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