Back in 2012 and 2013, I went to Arizona and Utah on separate occasions. I was sooo close to Four Corners Monument, yet I never made time to visit it. Shame on me…
This year, when I decided to go to Colorado, I made sure that Four Corners would be on my road trip itinerary. Let me tell you… it was one of the coolest places I have ever been to.
We were in the state of Colorado, but in order to actually go to Four Corners, we had to cross the border into New Mexico and then head over. That’s because there were no roads in Colorado that went to the monument.
The road to Four Corners was very scenic. I couldn’t keep count of how many times we pulled over just to take a few snapshots of the view. What might have been a 30 minute drive turned into an hour drive.
In order to actually arrive at the monument, we kept crossing borders to New Mexico, Arizona and then Utah. Yeah… we asked the locals too and they confirmed it was correct. Driving the scenic highways in Utah and Arizona made me feel very nostalgic. If there is one thing I noticed between those two states and Colorado it is that Colorado’s scenic highways are mostly in the snow-capped mountains with lots of trees. With Arizona and Utah, their scenic highways are in the desert countryside with beautiful red canyons all around.
Four Corners Monument is the only place in the United States where the boundaries of the four states (Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico) meet.
I was technically in four states at the same time. Now, who can really say that??? Come on, it’s pretty cool, right? What’s even cooler was that I kept going back and forth between two different time zones. Arizona runs on Mountain Standard Time (MST) which is one hour slower than Mountain Daylight Time (MDT). For example, I was standing in Utah at 2:00pm. Once I crossed over to Arizona, it would become 1:00pm. Just like that, time changed within a matter of a second.
I am very glad that I finally made time to visit this monument because it truly was one of the highlights from my trip to Colorado. Now that I’ve been to all four states (Utah, Arizona, Colorado & New Mexico), I’m not sure when I would go back because we talked about going to other states first.
I’m happy that I left those four states with no regrets. It’s about time to leave the American Southwest for, perhaps, maybe the Midwestern US 🙂