Four Corners – We Pick Colorado


The title sounds as though we went to Four Corners, whirled the spinner, and chose Colorado.  Although some people travel that way, we don’t. Colorado was pre-planned but Four Corners wasn’t.

fullsizeoutput_415bWe had both been to Four Corners before, the only place in the US where four states meet.   We remembered a parking lot with a medallion and were ambivalent about going again. But when the sign says you are only five miles away – why not?

fullsizeoutput_4159A  lot has changed in 40 years. It is now marketed,  requires $5 per person admission, and has a full complex with booths. It is actually quite nice.



Supposedly you are only allowed to take three photos. 


It isn’t all fun and games.

After finding our campground in Cortez, our first stop was Montezuma Veterinary Clinic. Elko had been fussing with his ears and we found he has a double ear infection. Poor boy.  He’s had ear drops for several days now and is improving.

In our first adventure out of Cortez, we drove an hour west to Hovenweep National Monument.  During our drive on the plateau, we had wildlife sightings!

fullsizeoutput_4162Randy saw this tarantula crossing the road so we turned around and took pictures! It was about 3 inches wide and five inches long.


Later, we saw open range horses. There was a herd of 10 horses and these two were quite comfortable in the road. They weren’t concerned as we moved slowly by.

We made it to Hovenweep National Monument and were surprised at the crowd. This place is an hour from anywhere but the parking lot was almost full.


Unlike most national park sites, Elko was welcome to walk the trails. 


fullsizeoutput_4169At Hovenweep we saw remnants of Ancestral Puebloan culture in the form of round and square towers.fullsizeoutput_4175




There were outlines of multi-room pueblos and tumbling rocks.

The Four Corners region was occupied by Ancestral Puebloans (previously called Anasazi) between 700 and 1300 when the peoples abandoned the region for unknown reasons.


The ruins at Hovenweep were thought to be built and occupied between 1230 and 1275.

fullsizeoutput_4176The ruins were discovered in 1854 by a Mormon expedition and later named Hovenweep for the Piute/Ute word for “deserted valley.”  The ruins were surveyed by Smithsonian Institution representatives in 1917-18 and designated a national monument in 1923.


There are a number of similar ruins in the area on BLM land designated Canyons of the Ancients. It takes a little effort to get there, but is worth the trip!

About Serene

Former full time RVers, transitioned to homeowners and travelers. We've still got a map to finish! Home is the Phoenix area desert and a small cabin in the White Mountains of Arizona.
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3 Responses to Four Corners – We Pick Colorado

  1. Ann Shadiow says:

    Fantastic!! The rich history of the Native American tribes is impressive to be sure….not to sure about that spider 😲😲😲😲

  2. Teri McClelland says:

    I hope Elko is feeling better. Great Blog. I always enjoy exploring ancient ruins. It is hard to imagine how these amazing people lived their lives without any of the comforts we have now.

    We’ve been close to the four corners but I don’t think we’ve been to the actual site. It looks like they did a great job making it a tourist attraction.

  3. rightlaners says:

    Very nice post & wonderful pics! I will be adding this to our ever-growing list.

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