At times, the immensity of sky and land in Four Corners causes the visitor to hesitate in planning his route, apprehensive about the intriguing choices that one reaches via faintly marked and out of the way roads on the map. 'Where does that road really go, and will I get there' are questions often asked. After return trips to the region, the visitor becomes more comfortable about exploring secondary routes and aims for destinations that aren't well known. It is then that the traveler really gets hooked on the authenticity and endurance of this place and its people.
You can explore more confidently and knowledgeably on your inaugural trip if you consult our Four Corners Region Geotourism Mapguide and Website before embarking. Remember that each of the entries was uploaded by a business owner, artist, or employee, individually so they really exist! See below suggestions for a sequence of Three journeys and destinations, for you to consider in your planning and preparation. You are guaranteed to experience an unforgettable trip, and you will join the troop of those enchanted by Four Corners.
1) Southwest Colorado/ Southeast Utah Discovery: Starting from Cortez Colorado to Mesa Verde National Park, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Four Corners Monument, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Goosenecks State Park, Bluff Utah, Hovenweep National Monument, Cortez Colorado. Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
2) Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation Exploration: Starting from Cortez Colorado: Canyon de Chelly National Monument; Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site; Hopi Reservation - First Mesa Village, art studios and Hopi Cultural Center and Motel at Second Mesa, Third Mesa - art studios, ancient settlements, Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites and across Highway 160, Tuba City on the Navajo; Navajo National Monument; Cortez Colorado. Duration: 3 nights, 4 days
3) San Juan Skyway: Starting from Durango Colorado: head north on Highway 550N to Silverton; Ouray,; Ridgeway to Telluride; Lizard Head Pass; mining towns Ophir and Rico; Dolores - Galloping Goose Railroad; Anasazi Heritage Center; Cortez Cultural Center; Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.; Mesa Verde National Park.