About Four Corners Geotourism
The Four Corners Geotourism project offers the visitor rich and extensive information facilitating creation of an unforgettable journey through this magnificent and unchanged region, while respecting the resources that make it authentic and noteworthy.
Geotourism: tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.
For the visitor there are two special tools:
- The hard copy MapGuide is one of National Geographic's Destination Map series, and identifies approximately 100 historic, geographic, cultural and artistic choices for creating an itinerary that reflects the traveler's own special interests.
- The Four Corners website, created through a collaborative process where local businesses nominate themselves to the site at no cost, contains nearly 900 destinations organized by category to make selection clear and efficient. As set forth in the definition of Geotourism (above), the ultimate goal is for the visitor to experience Four Corners places as the locals do and at the same time spare the region's resources the wear and tear that so often comes with tourism.
The Four Corners Region Geotourism Stewardship Council is a volunteer group that formed to represent this vast region in partnership with National Geographic. Together we developed the Four Corners/Trail of the Ancients Destination Map and Four Corners Geotourism website. New nominations are regularly added to the website, and it also offers a trip planning tool that enables users to develop and save itineraries. We are a world-class destination, and through the principles of Geotourism our visitors contribute to the economic health of the region by promoting sustainable tourism and supporting local business. History buffs and adventurers, backpackers and foodies, birders and sightseers can discover unique destinations based on recommendations from those who know best—residents of the Four Corners Region.