The genesis of Four Corners as a novelty on a map dated back to 1846, when the U.S. Army invaded and defeated Mexico in the Mexican-American War. Furthermore, with the treaty of Guadalupe y Hidalgo in place, the U.S. gained control of California, Nevada, and Utah as well as parts of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming. The original survey monument, a sandstone marker, was erected in 1899, and was soon replaced with a small metal and cement marker during the early nineteen hundreds. The four corners were originally declared by Congress, but an early surveying error misplaced the location. The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that the location was so popular, that it should be recognized as the boundary between the four states. For most of the 20th century, however, the Monument was very simple, consisting of a few steps leading up to an open concrete pad, with a couple posts along with highway guard rails surrounding it. The Monument received a makeover in 1992 and now includes a flat slab of granite embedded with an aluminum bronze marker, as well as surrounding states flags and state seals.
Expect to wait your turn
Almost everyone who visits The Four Corners Monument wants to take a picture of themselves standing in all four states at once. Visitors, at least from our experience, are considerate and typically try not to take too much time when visiting the location. This helps make the line move faster for those interested in taking pictures. Here is some additional information that may be helpful if you are considering visiting.....
Hours & Fees:
- November 1st-March 31st: 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
- April 1st-May (before Memorial weekend) 8:00 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
- The Monuments closed on holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years).
Amenities: Primitive toilets and picnic tables. Fry bread and souvenirs are also available to purchase if you get hungry, or just want a souvenir.
All in all it was fun to visit the one time, for us it's a one and done, at least until Garrett is much older!!
Tim actually pulled off the road to take these pictures. Do you see the wild horses? They were so much further away. Garrett was very interested in the bones that were left behind. Not sure if those were steer bones or horse bones or something else. It was definitely something larger and this area is all free range. Ugh, the pictures just don't do enough justice for what we saw!!