If America is not on your bucket list, it should be.
On the road for a 2,400 mile Colorado Road Trip, the scenery that is Arizona and the Four Corners region is awe-inspiring.
This annual trip is something to share, and I’ll be doing that over the next 19 days.
There are two ways to see the vast expanse of the Navajo Nation in northeast Arizona. Bigger than a couple New England states, the Rez sprawls across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah from Flagstaff to Farmington, New Mexico, and Bluff, Utah, to Winslow.
The charm of the road trip is watching the sun paint the colors of the rocks as it races west and the car is heading east. Add in gunmetal clouds and stabs of lightning, and the landscape of the Colorado Plateau becomes a mesmerizing
mix of hues and shadows.
Any road trip needs a stop at a tourist trap, and an experience to share is Four Corners Monument Navajo Tribal Park. It’s a ridiculous $5 per person to enter, but one of those need to do once experiences — standing in four states at the same time.
There’s nothing like a group hug so everyone has a foot in one of the quartet states.
This is the only place in the world where four states or borders come together at a single point.
The large brass plate and photo-shoot overlooks provide an opportunity to put the family in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona at the same time.
With the photo shoot out of the way, the monument is surrounding by kiosks of Navajo-made jewelry, clothing and pottery, tshirts, Navajo tacos and food for the road.
The admission price is a little silly, but this is a vacation and it’s not a place likely to be visited a second time. Pull out the wallet and give the family and yourself a genuine tourist-trap experience. There is no place else in the world where you can do this.
From the Four Corners Monument, the road is open to Mesa Verde National Park, Navajo National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, Monument Valley Tribal Park and Canyon de Chelly National Monument. It’s a stop on the byways of family memories.