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Top 100 Things To Do In The Four Corners

The Four Corners region of the western United States is the only place in the country where four states meet at a single point. We've collected our top one hundred picks for things to do on your next road trip through and around the Four Corners of Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Check out our map of all these locations for more information; you can also find it at the bottom of this page.

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1. Soaring Tree Top Adventures

La Plata County, CO

Rated best zipline in the US, Soaring Tree Top Adventures is the largest, longest zip line tour in the world, with 27 zip line spans. The unique experience includes a first class train ride to the remote alpine location where Sky Rangers will guide you through the skies on an adventure you won't soon forget.

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2. Ski Kachina Peak

Taos Ski Valley, NM

Before 2014, Taos Ski Valley's Kachina Peak (12,481 ft) was only accessible to skiiers and boarders via a tough 40 minute hike. Today you can ride 1,000 feet up to the summit in the fourth highest chair lift in North America. Called too rad to hate by Powder Magazine, the lift gives skiiers the opportunity to make multiple runs down Kachina in a day. But be warned: just because there is a lift now, doesn't mean this run is for everybody. Kachina Peak is not for noobs.

3. Canyons of the Ancients

Dolores, CO

About 50 miles west of Durango, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument contains a large number of archaeological sites representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures. It covers 176,056 acres with more than 6,000 unique, preserved sites of ancient ruins.

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4. Mexican Hat Rock

Mexican Hat, UT

You can find the Mexican Hat Rock on US 163, just 3 miles south of the junction with State Route 261 and northwest of the Four Corners. This 300 foot tall sombrero shaped rock was formed over 250 million years ago, and there are even two rock climbing routes ascending it. It sticks out like a sore thumb on the highway and is an easy photo op if you are on the way to or from Monument Valley.

5. Hike to Rainbow Hot Springs

Mineral County, CO

Along the banks of the San Juan River in the Weminuche Wilderness you will find the naturally heated waters of Rainbow Hot Springs. There are two separate pools that have been constructed and maintained by visitors. The only way to reach the springs is by a 4.5 mile hike, which is well worth the reward of a 105 degree relaxing soak. You can find the trailhead for this hike starting on West Fork Trail about 16 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs on US 160.

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6. Bisti Wilderness

San Juan County, NM

The Bisti Wilderness (also called De-Na-Zin) features steeply eroded badlands, which offers some of the most unusual scenery found in the Four Corners region. The Bisti Badlands are an amazingly scenic view with colorful ridges, mounds, and hoodoos - the mushroom-looking weathered sandstone rocks that appear in the form of spires, cap rocks, and pinnacles. The name De-Na-Zin comes from the Navajo word that means cranes.

7. Ute Mountain Tribal Park

Montezuma County, CO

The Ute Mountain Tribal Park offers an in-depth experience into the history and culture of the native Ute Tribe. It is one of the only nine places in the United States to receive recognition by the National Geographic Traveler as one of the 80 World Destinations for Travel in the 21st Century. The park is only open to the public via guided tours from tribal members who interpret the ancient culture, dwellings, ruins, pictographs, and artifacts of their ancestors.

8. Strater Hotel

Durango, CO

The Strater Hotel is one of Durango's most prominent landmarks. Built in 1887, this historic hotel features a large collection of American Victorian antiques and handcrafted woodwork. Other on-site amenities include the Diamond Belle Saloon and The Office, a lavish cocktail lounge.

Strater Hotel

9. Crow Canyon Archaelogical Center

Montezuma County, CO

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (northeast of the Four Corners) is a 170-acre experiential education research center for students and adults. Crow Canyon is a center for archaeological research, education, and preservation of the history of the Ancient Pueblo peoples, who lived on and in the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde more than seven centuries ago.

10. Vallecito Lake

Vallecito Lake, CO

Located northeast of the Four Corners near Silverton, Vallecito Lake is a great destination to include on your next trip to the Four Corners. Vallecito Lake offers breathtaking mountain views, clear fishing waters, and much more. The scenic body of water is more than 8,000 feet above sea level and covers 12 miles of shoreline.

Vallecito Lake

11. Hotel Luna Mystica

El Prado, NM

Hotel Luna Mystica calls its home in the Mesa of Taos one of the most mystical locations on the planet. This unique lodging experience mixes a little bit of glamping with a little bit of the hotel experience amongst the backdrop of mountainous desert. During your stay, you'll be set up in one of many refurbished, fully equipped trailers - each with its own personal style. They combine modern amenities with vintage style appropriate for each decade the trailers come from.

12. Mesa Verde National Park

Montezuma County, CO

Mesa Verde National Park is located in Southwestern Colorado and most famous for its ancient cliff dwellings, ancient structures built beneath overhanging cliffs that provided protection for the Ancestral Puebloans. The Mesa Verde Park entrance is 1.5 hour drive from Durango, Colorado in the Four Corners area.

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13. Durango Blues Train

Durango, CO

All aboard! For two consecutive nights in the Four Corners, the Blues Train takes over the railway. Six artists come together and perform on their own vintage coach while the steam-powered train makes its way through the canyons of the San Juan National Forest. Guests will enjoy live music, spectacular views, and local craft brews.

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14. Shiprock

San Juan County, NM

The Shiprock formation (7,177 ft) appears to be a giant rock protruding directly out of the ground. Believe it or not, Shiprock is actually the ruins of an ancient volcano that originally formed around 2,500 to 3,000 feet beneath the earth's surface. The peak plays a significant role in Navajo culture and tradition. The Navajo word for Shiprock is Tsé Bitʼaʼí meaning "rock with wings," referring to the legend of a great bird that brought the Navajo to their present land.

15. Purgatory Resort

Durango, CO

This list wouldn't be complete with out this top-notch Colorado ski resort. Purgatory Resort is only 30 minutes from Durango, and offers some of the best skiing in Colorado. In the summer time, Purgatory becomes the ultimate mountain biking destination. No matter what time of year you visit the four corners, Purgatory has its doors open!

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16. Monument Valley

Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ

When you imagine the American West, odds are you'll have an image of Monument Valley in your mind. This iconic section of U.S. Highway 163 is located on the Arizona-Utah state line west of the Four Corners. The park is accessed by the looping, 17-mile Valley Drive. The famous, steeply sloped Mittens buttes can be viewed from the road or from overlooks such as John Ford’s Point.

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17. Grand Canyon

Arizona

While the Grand Canyon is a bit of a drive, it's hard not to include here. One of the natural wonders of the world, the 277 mile long chasm is bigger than the state of Rhode Island and can be seen from space. The canyon carved over 6 million years ago by the Colorado River tends to be a popular bucket list item for all kinds of adventurers worldwide, and with its stunning deep rust-red colors and visible layers of ancient sediment - it's not hard to see why.

18. Standin' On The Corner Festival

Winslow, AZ

This one is quite the drive from the Four Corners, but worth mentioning. Eagles fans will enjoy the opportunity to take it easy at the famous Standin' on the Corner Festival in Winslow, Arizona. This festival features all kinds of family entertainment, food, craft booths, a beer garden, and of course, music. When you're there, be sure to take a picture with the famous flat-bed Ford.

19. San Juan Skyway

Colorado

Sometimes the best way to see a new area is to take a drive. What better way to see the sights than hopping on one of America's most scenic routes? The San Juan Skyway is a 236 mile byway that takes about 7 hours to drive. You'll see wildlife, national landmarks, and incredible vistas throughout its entirety.

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20. Treasure Falls

Pagosa Springs, CO

Treasure Falls is an easy to access waterfall just 15 miles east of Pagosa Springs, Colorado on Highway 160. The waterfall is visible from the parking area, but there is a short uphill hike to reach the base. This is a great stop for anyone headed to the Four Corners if you've been stuck in the car for too long and need a good stretch and a change of scenery.

21. Four Corners Monument

San Juan County, NM

Of course if you're anywhere near the meeting point defining this article, it's worth the stop at the Four Corners Monument for a photo op. This unique location marks the quadripoint where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet and is the only place in the United States shared by four states. You can find the visitor center's hours and policies on the Navajo Nation's website.

22. Trail of the Ancients

Colorado

Travel through the majestic sandstone landscapes carved by the elements into every different shape imaginable on this do-it-yourself driving tour of the American Southwest's archaeological heartland. This unique byway can be the cornerstone to a trip focused on seeing some of the best sites in the area.

Trail Of The Ancients

23. Durango Hot Springs

Durango, CO

Open to the public year round, Durango Hot Springs is the perfect place to kick back and relax. This breathtaking facility features hot geothermal springs, spa services and lodging. Durango Hot Springs offers two therapeutic hot springs pools and more. This is a family-friendly destination, with something for everyone to enjoy.

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24. Taos Pueblo

Taos, NM

Named one of National Geographic's World's Best Places To Visit In 2021, the ancient archicture in Taos Pueblo is the only Native American site designated as both a US National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage site. What truly makes this location special is that it remains inhabited, and has been for more than a thousand years. You'll find it east and slightly south of the Four Corners.

25. Tico Time River RV Resort

Aztec, NM

One of the most unique spots in the Four Corners region, Tico Time River RV Resort is a 74 acre playground where the mountains meet the beach. Enjoy some laid back recreation like SUP or disc golf, or kick it into high gear with bungee jumping, ziplining, or the Tarzan swing. The activities are endless and the event calendar is jam packed.

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26. San Juan Jeep Tour

Durango, CO

One of the best ways to experience the beauty of southwest Colorado is a a guided, open-air jeep tour. You'll get to see waterfalls, mines, mountain views, and wildlife all the while being educated by the knowledgable guides. Jeep tours are especially great for reaching those difficult or little known spots that you wouldn't get to see otherwise. You can even package the tour with rafting and other outdoor activities.

Jeep Tours

27. Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

Gallup, NM

For a century, Native Americans have gathered in Gallup, New Mexico every August for a celebration of art, food, and tradition. The Four Corners event strives to be the most culturally aware and respectful in the country by preserving and perpetuating the culture of these native tribes. The longest running event in New Mexico features parades, dances, rodeos, pageants, vendors, and more.

28. Tour Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon, NM

One of the best spots to see and learn about Ancestral Puebloan organizational and engineering abilities is the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a location that contains the largest collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico. The ancient Chacoans built sandstone blocks and brought in timber to assemble major complexes, which were the largest buildings in North America until the 19th century. This is also the site of the sun dagger petroglyph.

29. Sunrise Tour at Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock, CO

The 360 degree vantage point atop the Chacoan Great House at Chimney Rock National Monument (northeast of the Four Corners) is an incredible location to watch the sun rise, but especially during the summer solstice and fall equinox. You just have to get up before the crack of dawn and hike a quarter mile uphill in the dark.

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30. Arches National Park

Moab, UT

The geologic wonder of Arches National Park is parallel to few other locations in North America. Step into this natural canvas of sandstone that began forming nearly 65 million years ago to create the "rock sculptures of the future" that we see today. These arches were standing when the Egyptians built pyramids and when the Roman empire collapsed. It's a must-see for any national park hopping in the area.

31. Museum of Northern Arizona

Flagstaff, AZ

The Museum of Northern Arizona, established in 1928, has a mission to inspire the responsibility to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the Colorado Plateau through collecting and studying its artifacts. At the museum you can learn about history, art, anthropology, geology, paleontology, and so much more. It's a great place for all ages and all interests to enjoy.

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32. Mountain Bike Slickrock

Grand County, UT

Moab, Utah is host to what is probably the most popular bike trail in the world. The 12 mile mountain bike trail at Slickrock brings in over a hundred thousand visitors per year and is certainly not for beginners. There is a 2.3 mile practice loop that first timers are encouraged to try before committing to the exasperating and incredible full route. One of the coolest bike rides in the country, Slickrock is totally unique in its thrilling landscape.

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33. Natural Bridges National Monument

San Juan County, UT

Utah's first national monument is home to the darkest skies in the country and three fascinating ancient natural bridges. The area offers multiple ways to experience these wonders, including hiking, camping, and observing the night sky through them. The bridges are named after the ancestral Puebloans who lived here long ago: Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu. You can read more about this International Dark Sky Park on the NPS website.

34. Raft the Animas River

Durango, CO

Rafting the Animas River in Durango offers thrilling excitement that only charging through the wild waters of Coloroado can provide. Swept down from the snow-capped peaks of the mountains, the rushing waters of the Animas and its tributaries make rafting and kayaking in Durango an experience like no other.

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35. Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Durango, CO

The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is Colorado’s largest, oldest and most renowned cycling event. The 50-mile road race covers some of the most beautiful and challenging scenery of the Southwest, following historic railroad lines between Durango and Silverton. Riders will climb 6,700 feet and enjoy breathtaking views as they pedal onward and upward.

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36. The Vaporcave

Ouray, CO

The Wiesbaden Spa offers multiple therapeutic relaxation opportunities amongst the gorgeous backdrop of the San Juan Mountains of Western Colorado, northeast of the Four Corners. There are several soaking facilities fed by pure underground waters, one of which is the Vaporcave, located beneath the main lodge area. You can relax in the Vaporcave's 18 inch soaking pool ranging in temperature from 107 to 109 degrees.

37. Offroad RZR Rental

Silverton, CO

Take the road less traveled and rent a RZR or ATV to experience all of the San Juan mountains, the Mesa Verde National Park and beyond. you can expect to experience nature in a fun, adventurous way. So, reserve a RZR rental, load up, and head out on your next Durango adventure!

RZR Rentals

38. Animas Forks

Silverton, CO

The abandoned mining town of Animas Forks has been uninhabited for over a hundred years. After gold and silver were discovered in the town in the 1870s, the town began booming with business. Even after a fire destroyed many buildings in the late 1800s, Animas Forks lasted as a community until the silver market crashed. Now it is one of the most well preserved ghost towns in the country.

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39. Canyon de Chelly

Apache County, AZ

Canyon de Chelly is located in northeast Arizona, making it a convenient Four Corners destination. This National Monument was established in 1931, and is the only park that is entirely owned by the Navajo Nation. About 40 families live in the park! There are two rim drives with nine overlooks, two campgrounds, and canyon tours.

40. Million Dollar Highway

Bernalillo, NM - Montrose, CO

The winding US highway 550 is also known as The Million Dollar Highway, running all the way from New Mexico to Colorado. Part of the San Juan Skyway, this highway was built in the late 1880's, and it is one of the most spectacular drives in the USA. The Million Dollar Highway section connects Ouray and Silverton and is lined with many small adventure towns and ghost mining villages.

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41. Newspaper Rock

Monticello, UT

Newspaper Rock is a Utah monument that features one of the largest known collections of petroglyphs. This monument is on the national register of historic places, and features hundreds of well preserved Native American drawings of different animals, human figures, and symbols. If you're fascinated by ancient civilizations and the remnants of their existance, Newspaper Rock is a must-see.

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42. Antelope Canyon

AZ

One of the most picturesque spots in the Four Corners region is Antelope Canyon. Photographers, sightseers, and tourists alike come to see the amazing slot canyons. To visit, make sure to get up a guided tour as that is the only way you can visit. This area is prone to flash flooding, and guided tours help ensure everyone's safety.

43. Twin Rocks Trading Post

Bluff, UT

Twin Rocks Trading Post, located beneath the unique Navajo Twins formation in Bluff, Utah, has been a staple of the area since 1989. They offer an extensive selection of Native American and Southwest art including baskets, jewelry, turquoise cabochons, handcrafted Navajo rugs, folk art, pottery, and much more. It's a great place to stop for some shopping, but the folks on site also offer extensive knowledge about Southwestern art forms and Navajo culture.

44. True Western Roundup

Durango, CO

True Western Roundup, formerly known as True West Rodeo, is an annual event held at La Plata County Fairgrounds that celebrates western heritage eight seconds at a time. It's a good ol' fashioned rodeo with bull riding, saddle and ranch broncs, bareback, breakaway, barrel racing and more. You can catch it any Wednesday night during the summer.

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45. Fox Fire Vineyard Picnic Concert Series

Pagosa Springs, CO

Fox Fire Farms is a cold climate vineyard that specializes in a carefully handcrafted wine selection that represents our region. In the warmer months, they host a free picnic concert series where guests can enjoy local music and local wine. Pack your own picnic on a Saturday and stop by. No reservations required, and leashed pets are permitted.

46. Old Hundred Gold Mine

Silverton, CO

The Old Hundred Golf Mine is a unique tour that takes you through the hear of the Galena mountains. The secret world of a gold miner is a unique experience that can only be seen through this guided tour. Reservations are not needed, so you can just show up and take a tour! The whole family can enjoy riding a mine train, panning for gold, and more.

Old Hundred Gold Mine

47. Telluride Via Feratta

Telluride, CO

The Italian word via ferrata means a mountain route equipped with fixed ladders, cables, and bridges in order to be accessible to climbers and walkers. But you don't have to travel to Europe to try this adrenaline-pumping kind of adventure. Telluride's very own Via Ferrata was designed by mountaineer Chuck Kroger for no useful purpose other than a great time. Be warned: this activity is clearly only for experienced climbers.

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48. Sky Ute Casino

Ignacio, CO

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has put together a 45,000 square foot gaming floor at the Sky Ute Casino, just west of the Four Corners. This casino has it all including slots, poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, and bingo. There is also a luxurious hotel on site with a day spa and salon, swimming pool and sun deck. There are plenty of dining options and even a family friendly bowling alley.

49. Marijuana Dispensaries

Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona

You can purchase legal marijuana from dispensaries 3 of the 4 states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona) that make up the Four Corners. If you've never tried it before, you'll have plenty of opportunities to do so while you're in the area. First time users might like to try edibles, while veteran users will know exactly what to look for. Check out our dispensaries in Durango, CO.

Durango Dispensaries

50. Backcountry Skiing

Silverton, CO

Backcountry skiing involves skiing in rural, ungroomed or unmarked snowy terrain. Some of the most popular places in the Four Corners region to explore the backcountry are the Weminuche Wilderness, Molas Pass, La Plata Canyon, Coal Bank Pass, the Needle Mountains, and the Chicago Basin. Make sure to research the terrain beforehand!

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51. Red Rock Balloon Rally

Gallup, NM

This 40 year old festival in Gallup, New Mexico (south of the Four Corners) has grown into the second largest hot air balloon rally in North America - second only to Albuquerque's October Balloon Fiesta. Watch the colorful ascension of 200 balloons over the vast desert terrain in Red Rock Park and its backdrop of sandstone bluffs and canyons. The weekend long festival offers free admission with the exception of a $5.00 parking fee.

52. Mount Sneffels

San Juan Mountains, CO

One of Colorado's 14ers, Mount Sneffels in the Uncompahgre National Forest is known as the Queen of the San Juan Mountains, and it can be seen across the Dallas Divide. Its characteristicly pointed summit is hard to miss. While it might look like quite the trek to reach the top, the two most common hiking routes are only 3 and 6.5 miles one way.

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53. Bookcase and Barber

Durango, CO

Not your average barbershop, The Bookcase & Barber in Durango, CO is one of the best kept secrets in the Four Corners. Just a short walk off Main Avenue and onto 2nd Street will reveal the entrance to this literary-themed speakeasy. You can make an appointment for a haircut, or just pop by in the evening for a Hunter S. Thompson themed Old Fashioned... if you know the password. Here's a hint: check out the cover photo on their Facebook page.

54. 11th Street Station

Durango, CO

On the corner of Main Avenue and 11th Street in Durango is a historic location that was home to a locally owned auto repair shop and fuel station through the middle of the 20th century. Today 11th Street Station pays homage to the famous spot with a bar inside the original service station and several robust food truck options encircling the premesis.

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55. San Juan Brewfest

Durango, CO

The San Juan Brewfest is the largest beer tasting festival in the region. Over 50 breweries with at least two beers for you to taste attend each year. Grab your ticket in advance and enjoy live music, brews, and good times with friends. The festival meets annually at Buckley Park in Historic Downtown Durango, CO.

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56. Meow Wolf Sante Fe

Santa Fe, NM

What began in 2008 as an informal do-it-yourself collective of artists from Santa Fe has now become the foundation for a uniquely immersive collection of standalone exhibitions. Meow Wolf is the company behind the House of Eternal Return: an explorable art experience featuring mind-bending, interactive exhibits meant to inspire creativity and imagination. Meow Wolf's art installations throughout the exhibit are made of all kinds of multimedia with a mysterious narrative backbone.

57. Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Durango, CO

The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering features poets and musicians from all across the West to celebrate poems and songs that capture the spirit of the American West. Poems and musicians perform spoken word poems and songs that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the traditions of the cowboy lifestyle.

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58. San Juan Hut System

Durango, CO - Moab, UT

Mountain bike from Durango to Moab for a week long bikepacking adventure through the San Juan's most majestic alpine peaks and all the way to the famous Slickrock, and take advantage of the San Juan Hut System. Each evening you'll have a cozy hut to spend the night, creekchairs, wood stoves, custom maps and GPS tracks, and turn by turn directions. The 215 miles route is designed for intermediate to advanced single-track riders.

59. Colorado Trails Dude Ranch

Durango, CO

Visiting a Colorado dude ranch is about more than fulfilling your deepest John Wayne western fantasy: It’s about enriching your body, mind and spirit. Colorado Trails Ranch, located just 12-miles northeast of Durango, offers ample opportunity for the entire family to experience authentic western wonder

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60. Snowshoe Molas Pass

San Juan County, CO

At 10,910 feet, Molas Pass is located in the San Juan Mountains between Durango and Silverton, northeast of the Four Corners. This is also where a segment of the Colorado Trail crosses making it a top destination for snowshoeing. You'll see stunning views, snowy meadows and Little Molas Lake. Ample parking and restrooms available at the Molas Pass Overlook.

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61. Canyonlands National Park

Utah

With over 330,000 acres, Canyonlands National Park is located in southeast Utah near Moab National Park. Canyonlands is known for its dramatic desert landscapes and well-known sites like the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the Native American rock paintings in Horseshoe Canyon. With its rugged trails divided by the Colorado and Green River, Canyonlands is the perfect destination for hiking, mountain biking, and rafting.

62. Durango Bluegrass Meltdown

Durango, CO

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is a festival that brings traditional bluegrass music to downtown Durango each spring. Attendees will enjoy a variety of musical performances at local venues around Durango, and even have a chance to jam in public spaces if they would like.

Bluegrass Meltdown

63. Eat At Grassburger

Durango, CO & Albuquerque, NM

Grassburger is an award winning burger joint in Durango. They are well known for serving up classic American food and experience with a twist: Everything is clean and better for you and the environment. Not only that, but the burgers are just down right delicious.

Grassburger

64. Snowmobile Wolf Creek

Mineral County, CO

Whether you're a seasoned snowmobiler going alone or would like to try it for the first time on a guided tour, Wolf Creek Pass is the place to hop on your sled. Families or friend groups and individuals alike will enjoy the scenery on a fun ride through groomed trails, wooded terrain, and mountain meadows where you can really test out your skills.

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65. San Francisco Peaks

north of Flagstaff, AZ

The San Francisco Peaks are 6 of the highest peaks in the state of Arizona, but what's most interesting about them is that they make up an old volcanic mountain range. Explorers of all different experience levels have the opportunity to explore the area's nearly 30 hiking trails. One of the coolest options is the Lava River Cave, which tunnels through an actual hollow tube carved out by lava thousands of years ago.

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66. Geyser Spring Trail

San Juan National Forest

Take a hike to the only true geyser in the state of Colorado. The short 1.3 mile trail begins about 12 miles east of Dolores, Colorado and has a gentle elevation gain of around 500 feet. The pool at the end of the trail has a geyser at a temperature of aboutu 82 degrees that erupts every 30 to 40 minutes on average. Obviously, don't swim in the pool. This is carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide gas we're talking about.

67. Ska Brewing

Durango, CO

It takes characters to brew beer with character. That's the motto of this ecclectic Durango brewery. Ska was started in 1995 by a couple of guys who weren't old enough to buy beer, so they decided they'd brew their own. Today their unique outpost is a southwestern Colorado staple, and their beer selection ranges from lagers to IPAs and deliciously flavored ciders. The whole vibe of Ska is fun, laid back, and totally unique. You'll want to snag some merch on your next visit.

68. Chockecherry Canyon

Farmington, NM

The Glade Run Recreation Area (or "the Glade") near Farmington is a 19,000 acre playground of public land great for exploring in offroad vehicles, mountain bikes, and even offers some equestrian trails. Chokecherry Canyon is located in the southern end of the Glade within 3,800 acres designated for OHV use. It has been voted New Mexico's #1 off-road trail and offers everything from sandy washes to technical rock crawling.

69. The Mahr Building

Telluride, CO

While visiting Telluride, Colorado and walking around downtown, be sure to look out for this very particular building that you might otherwise miss. The Mahr Building doesn't exactly stand out amongst its rustic neighbors, but more than a hundred years ago (June 24, 1889) it was the site of Butch Cassidy's first robbery. The Telluride bank was taken for $20,000 - which is over half a million dollars today.

70. The Ouray Alchemist

Ouray, CO

The Ouray Alchemist Pharmacy Museum takes you back in time to the wild west days of pharmacological medicine. The museum is host to a collection more than 50 years old that includes over 700 hand blown pharmacy bottles (many containing the original drugs), the oldest prescription in Colorado, and plenty of small touches to recreate the full look of a frontier pharmacy. Call (970) 325-4003 to book.

71. House on Fire Ruin

Mule Canyon, UT

House on Fire Ruin, located in the south fork of Mule Canyon, is a well-known and often photographed ancestral Puebloan ruin in the Cedar Mesa area. Only a 1.5 mile hike to this extraordinary ruin, it is the first of many ruins on this hike. When the sun the ruin at retina times of da, it appears as if flames and smoke are coming out the top of of the house.

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72. Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness

San Juan County, NM

Right in the middle of several other locations in the Four Corners region with crazy looking rock formations (Chaco and Bisti) is the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness, featuring bizarre and colorful badlands with everything from dinosaur bones to sandstone hoodoos. The formations you'll find here are similar to those at its neighboring sites: eroded, pointed rocks made of mudstone and shale that were carved out by hundreds of years of moving water.

73. Navajo CodeTalkers Exhibit

Kayenta, AZ

Stop by the Burger King in Kayenta, AZ and you'll find more than chicken fries and Coca Cola. The fast food joint has "more Code Talker memorabilia than the Pentagon does." Navajo Code Talkers helped the US military during WWII by using their unique tonal language to send and recieve coded messages that Japanese cryptographers were completely unable to break. The son of a code talker opened this Burger King in 1986 and put his memoribilia collection on display there.

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74. Lake Powell

Utah & Arizona

Lake Powell stretches from northern Arizona thru southern Utah and is part of the Colorado River. With approximately 2,000 miles of shoreline, Lake Powell is the ultimate playground for waterspouts - boating, skiing, fishing, paddle boarding and more. Access to this body of water is limited to developed marinas as the lake is surrounded by steep sandstone walls.

75. WholeExpo Durango

Durango, CO

Being healthy isn’t just about eating our vegetables and brushing our teeth – it’s about more than that. The organizers of the WholeExpo in Durango, Colorado believe that health is a holistic pursuit that involves mind, body and spirit. This event takes place in Durango on the weekend after Labor Day.

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76. The Yellow Carrot

Durango, CO

Inspiring, love, gratitude and joy to everyone who steps into The Yellow Carrot, this Durango eatery serves brunch, lunch and dinner and the magnificent assortment of cupcakes, cookies and desserts. Dine in their warm, sunny dining room, patio or take out, The Yellow Carrot is a must when visiting Durango.

The Yellow Carrot

77. Artifacts 302

Farmington, NM

In the heart of downtown Farmington, Arizona is a historic building that houses a unique collective of businesses featuring baked goods, art galleries, an espresso bar, and a very cool event venue. The building that hosts Artifacts 302 was originally home to the Farmington Lumber and Hardware Company, one of the earliest businesses in the area more than one hundred years ago. It's certainly worth a stop if you're staying in or around downtown Farmington.

78. Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Montrose County, CO

Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of the 4 national parks in Colorado, located about 3 hours from Durango. The canyon get's its name due to the gorge only receiving 33 minutes of sunlight a day. There are three campsites at this National Park, plenty of hiking trails, and some Instagramable overlooks.

National Parks In Colorado

79. Snowdown

Durango, CO

For more than 40 years, Snowdown Durango has been southwest Colorado's favorite annual cure for cabin fever. Every January the mountain town hosts a series of events at venues all over downtown and beyond to celebrate the winter season in it's own quirky, offbeat way. The 5 day festivity includes parades, big wheel races, joint rolling contests, a unique game of mini golf, and more.

Snowdown

80. Museum of the Mountain West

Montrose, CO

This history museum is located off U.S. Route 50 in Montrose, CO. It includes a collection of historic log cabins, Western town stores, and other historic buildings. If you visit, you'll learn all about the Old West through the historic buildings and 500,000 artifacts, preserved through the years.

81. Bikepack the Colorado Trail

Durango - Colorado Springs

Perhaps you've had your share of mountain biking excursions, long day hikes, and camping trips. But have you ever been bikepacking? The perfect place to try out this synthesis of cycling and backpacking is across the fabulous state of Colorado, from Durango all the way to Denver. The 485 mile Colorado Trail has fantastic views of the timberline along with all kinds of other gorgeous scenery.

Bikepacking

82. Fly Fishing on the San Juan

San Juan River, NM

Since 1983, Duranglers Flies & Supplies has been the leading guide service for the San Juan River tailwater below the Navajo Dam. Book a wade or float trip with the experts to learn about the unique temperament of these New Mexico waters. Whether you want to learn how to fly fish for the first time or are looking for a pro challenge, the San Juan River is a fantastic spot to cast a line.

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83. Blue Lake Ranch B&B

Hesperus, CO

Blue Lake Ranch is the perfect secluded getaway during your trip to the Four Corners region. This ranch offers breathtaking views of the La Plata Mountains, and gives guests 200 secluded acres to explore. They offer private casitas, cabins, cottages and rooms.

Blue Lake Ranch

84. Seventeen Room Ruin

Bluff, UT

The 17 Room Ruin is a 100-foot-deep alcove that sits above the San Juan River. Constructed sometime in the 1200s, Puebloan families called this alcove home. Before you go, make sure to ask a local how to get there and to make sure you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

85. Horsefly History Tours

Durango, CO

Learn about Durango’s Wild West history and the characters and events that have shaped this town since it was founded in 1880 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Listen to true tales of gunfights, ghosts, “soiled doves” and madams, outlaws, and the town’s one and only legal hanging. Durango has intriguing treasures to reveal... if only you know where to look.

Horsefly History Tours

86. Weminuche Woodfire Grill

Bayfield, CO

Located at the north end of Vallecito Lake, just 18 miles outside of Durango, the Weminuche Woodfire Grill is a beautifully renovated restaurant and bar with outstanding mountain views, spacious patios, quality food, and delicious libations.

Weminuche Grille

87. Notah-Dineh Trading Company

Cortez, CO

This shop is a great stop for Southwestern arts, crafts, and souveniers. They have everything from beautifully handcrafted pottery and jewelry, to Navajo rugs. They also have a museum that open to the public that displays historic American Indian art and artifacts.

88. Grandma's Frybread Shack

Teec Nos Pos, NM

In a tiny little shack near the Four Corners Monument in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona you'll find the opportunity to taste some authentic Navajo frybread, a flat fried dough that can be eaten alone or with various toppings. Grandma's Frybread Shack is a neat little spot serving up snow cones, hot dogs, and Navajo tacos, and it's a great place to grab some grub after standing in all four states.

89. Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant

Cortez, CO

Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant makes for a great pit-stop for the hungry traveler near the Four Corners. Gustavo's is known for fantastic Tex-Mex style food, phenomonal service, and great prices. If you're near Cortez, Colorado, try Gustavo's for your next meal.

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90. Bears Ears National Monument

San Juan County, UT

This monument is named Bears Ears for a pair of buttes that rise to elevations of 9,000 feet. The monument was established as recently as December 2016 by President Barack Obama. The area surrounding the monument is largely undeveloped, but contains a wide array of historic, cultural, and natural resources.

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91. Ice Lakes Trail

San Juan County, CO

A hike on Ice Lakes Trail takes you through the San Juan National Forest near Silverton, Colorado. This hike features outstanding views, wildflower meadows, and ice blue colored water at the Lower Ice Lakes basin. The hike is 7.4 miles round trip and is rated as a strenuous, gaining 2,430 feet in elevation.

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92. Grand Staircase National Monument

Kanab, UT

Located about 3 hours from the Four Corners monument, the Grand Staircase National Monument stretches south from Bryce Canyon National Park, through Zion National Park, and in to the Grand Canyon National Park. This monument is a geologic treasure, with unique things to see at every turn.

93. Music in the Mountains

Durango, CO

For the last three decades the Music in the Mountains Festival has brought the sounds of classical music to the scenic town of Durango, Colorado. Each summer, this musical event features orchestra, chamber, and conservatory performances of classical and world music.

Music in the Mountains
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94. Forrest Gump Point

Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ

Just past Monument Valley on Highway 163 at mile marker 13 is the iconic spot where Forrest Gump ended his run in the 1994 film. With views of monuments in the distance, Forrest Gump Point is certainly one of the most recognizable photo spots in the Southwest. But take care not to crowd up the location for the perfect photo op; just enjoy the surrounding vista on your drive and have a passenger take pictures.

95. Breaking Bad RV Tours

Albuquerque, NM

Fans of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and Saul Goodman should consider making the drive to Albuquerque and booking a 3 hour tour of the film location for Breaking Bad. You can ride in the RV, see the homes of the characters, visit Los Pollos Hermanos, the superlab, junkyard, and even Walt and Skylar's car wash. They also offer a virtual tour option.

96. San Miguel Chapel

Sante Fe, NM

New Mexico is home to at least four of the oldest buildings in the country - many of which are still in use today. One of these is the San Miguel Mission. Built somewhere between 1610 and 1625, the 400 year old adobe building is the oldest Catholic church in the United States.

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97. Lowell Observatory

Flagstaff, AZ

Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona is sometimes referred to as "the home of Pluto" because that's where the recently downgraded dwarf planet was initially discovered in the year 1930. Established in 1894, Loewell is actually one of the oldest observatories in the US. They offer tours as well as premium access stargazing with experts that will guide you through the cosmos Infinite wonder awaits at this very special location.

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98. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Coconino County, AZ

This remote national monument in Arizona takes up 280,000 acres of unspoiled land and is three times the size of Las Vegas. Filled with buttes, canyons, cliffs, and other geological treasures, a visit to the monument is more than just a photo op. The Vermilion Cliffs area is host to some spectacular hiking and backpacking trails. If you're planning on a visit, make sure you bring along a vehicle with four-wheel drive.

99. Bike Alien Run

Aztec, NM

The Four Corners region is host to an incredible amount of unique mountain biking trails, one of which is named after a rumored UFO crash site. The Alien Run trail system offers several different kinds of biking for various ranges of experience. It has plenty of slickrock as well as high elevation rocky terrain for more skilled bikers, and also includes a fun, flowing single track with a few exposed sections.

100. Durango Art Galleries

Durango, CO

The great thing about Durango art galleries is that there is so much to see within walking distance of tons of great spots in downtown Durango. Take a stroll and discover pieces by local, national, and international artists of all cultures and styles. Start at Studio & Gallery for an ecclectic range of art and even a live performance in their listening room. Then check our map for your next stop.

Durango Art Galleries

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