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The Bonding Of Four Corners

Posted on November 12, 2009 | Remarkable DrivesNo Comment


Four Corners

Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado

The traditional name of The Four Corners is extremely hackneyed for remarkably stunning terrain that admires no artificial boundaries created by men in the south-western division of United States.

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Much prior to the geometric silhouette sketched by some draftsman to create the cities of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado, the paintbrush of nature was busy smearing this arid region into a far more nebulous mural worth gazing. This backdrop took tens of centuries to evolve and formulate itself into an implausible piece of land. Try to drive this path of 525 miles in a day and you will undeniably fail to spot its elegance. Spare at least a couple of days to halt at several landscapes, parks & gardens, monuments, and numerous other nameless places whose magnificence disregards classification.four corners usa

Set off from Flagstaff

From Flagstaff move north 73 miles to witness amazing natural beauty toward Grand Canyon. You can also opt to turn east through Interstate 40 to reach Winslow, a celebrated corner with venerated fresco, a bronze effigy, and the annual fiesta of ‘Standing on a Corner’. A straight drive of over 58 miles will drop you near Petrified Forest National Park, which is more of a sight-seeing park Canyon de Chelly National Monumentrather than usual biking or hiking park. The discriminating shades of Painted Desert, along the way, are entrancing from diverse standpoints of the artery that lies some miles within interstate. Drive farther to exhibit the petroglyphs carved on the Newspaper Rock and the alarmed kindling of Crystal Forest.

The elderly Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Keep driving on east to U.S. 191 on I 40 then continue north to park near Canyon de Chelly National Monument. This place with meager Navajo farmland is quite vivid and historical. Beautiful sights of paintings in grotto, terracotta, kivas, and enduring formations which they affixed to the whimsical stone arrangements, are some of the items left behind by the aboriginal populace who inhabited for over 5000 years on the ginger-tinted crags as tall as 1000 feet.

Monument Valley

Maintain your pace on U.S. 191 which is north to the Navajo Nation road 59 which will direct you through Monument Monument ValleyValley through Kayenta. The path that is left from U.S. 160 and right from U.S. 163 will reveal some of the very huge and colossal foothills that you have noticed many times in scores of Hollywood movies. A new inn located inside the Navajo Tribal Park in 2008, The View, is indeed an ultimate place to observe the awe-inspiring surroundings. This hotel is possessed and maneuvered by the Towering House Clan of Navajos, and offers unhindered sights of the famous “mittens” of Monument Valley from all the 95 rooms available for visitors.

Mexican Water and the junction

Moving north from Utah on 163, glide 32 miles south on U.S. 191 on sharp streets of Arizona and halt at the picturesque view of Mexican Water. Grab a change of $3 and zoom on U.S. 160 east to arrive at the spirit of this expedition, point of crossroads where all four states intersects. Pay the change and wait till the innumerable bunch of visitors disappear ahead of you. Now stop and take your only photograph with an appendage in all the states. Not many times in life you get the opportunity to do something similar to this.

The settlement at the Trail of the Ancients

Travel north-east 35 miles into Colorado and you will reach the city of Cortez where you have already entered the Trail of the Ancients. Prior to the settlement of Europeans, the province adjoining the National Scenic Byway was occupied by Puebloans for many centuries.

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Only 10 miles east from Cortez on route 160 is the path toward Mesa Verde National Park where handsome precipice houses of the Pueblaons are still safeguarded. This ancient houses will help you stretch your arms and legs creep through excavates and ascend stepladders on the visit of the ancient abodes. Over 4000 archaeological places with countless houses and parishes from 12th century are being preserved here.

From Cortez to Dolores

Travel back to west of Cortez on 160 and head north on Colorado 145 in the direction of Dolores. While the lofty desert moves out of sight, you will ascertain a distinct streak of landscapes. The pastel blocks of stone, tanned crags making conduit for verdant leaves, jade conifers, and the waves of Cobalt River flowing down the steep grades of hoary alpine rises creates a fabulous portrait from the highway. The transform of landscapes seems as if some painter has suddenly altered shade palettes.

Embossing the San Juan Skyway

The subsequent trip of 75 miles is enhanced with even more natural beauties on the San Juan Skyway. The adjacent stroke running through the coastline of Dolores River ascends along the daunting San Juan Mountains which is at the southern array of the Rockies. Amongst the 14 serrated peaks with altitude of over 14000 feet, Mount Wilson is just a left glance away. Hundreds of years ago, this place was a mining center of gold and silver. Now, people come here for sheer pleasure of hiking, skiing, and other soft adventures.

A ride to minute Telluride

The cul-de-sac of route 145 brings you at the town known for its skiing adventures, telluride. This very small town is snuggled somewhere in the canyon at the height of 8750 feet. I called it a very small town because it is just six blocks in width and 12 blocks in length leaving no place to drive. But do not be concerned about your vehicle and just walk around the town because the free parking zone is available at Carhenge. Although this place is crammed full, the ambience here is very soothing. There is also a huge variety of stores here, as it’s a famous tourist destination. However, every other store in the market is a candy store. Even in the scorching months of summer, the pinnacles of the peaks are always swathed with snow. Adding one more adventure in your basket is the free transportation system available for public 275 days in a year, ski gondola.

The Panorama of Mountain Village

Relax in the glass-enclosed chalet that whips you up towards the slope facing beautiful mini town of Telluride. From me, while I was hanging on the cables, it was an unsurpassed view of the apexes of over 13,000 feet. Tucked at the foot hills is the place of Mountain Village which is underprovided with the fascination and Victorian-aged history like that of Telluride. However, the astounding sights alone seem to be the sole reason of your two-day drive.

Trip Tips

If you are traveling to this place in the seasons other than early fall, spring, and summer, don’t forget to check the weather on weather.com.

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