Driving west from Mesa Verde Country® takes you into John Wayne country and the majestic and mysterious rock formations of Monument Valley. The geology of the area is fascinating and so is the culture of the Navajo people. There are two routes to Monument Valley and both have exciting side trips. The Four Corners Monument, on the main route to Monument Valley, is the only place in the United States where four states meet and where on hands and knees you can be in all four states at one time. Why not go one way and take the other way back to Mesa Verde Country®?
POINTS OF INTEREST:
Valley of the Gods, Goosenecks, and Muley Point from Utah Highway 163, Four Corners Monument from Highway 160 out of Cortez. Goulding's Trading Post at Monument Valley.
DISTANCE FROM CORTEZ: 145 miles each way. DAY TRIPPIN' TIME: All day. ACCESS: Car, entrance fees. SERVICES: All towns along the route.