Driving on to Colorado or New Mexico: The Four Corners Meet
It seems like a supremely silly reason to drive miles out of your way, but lots of people feel they just have to visit the Four Corners Monument (tel. 928/871-6647; www.navajonationparks.org/htm/fourcorners.htm). Why? So they can stand in four states -- Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico -- at once and get their photo taken. Located north of Teec Nos Pos in the very northeast corner of the state, this park is the only place in the United States where the corners of four states come together. The scenery is not exactly the most dramatic in the region, and the exact point is just a cement pad surrounded by flags and vendor stalls. The park also has a few picnic tables and a snack bar serving, among other things, Navajo fry bread. The park is open daily from 8am to 7pm, and admission is $3.
More Big Rocks
Monument Valley isn't the only place in this region with impressive rocks. Just north of Kayenta, on the road to Monument Valley, you'll pass by El Capitan (also called Agathla), a huge plug of volcanic rock that rises from the desert floor. Of course, when you pull over to take a picture, you can also shop for cheap jewelry at Navajo vendors' stalls. East of Kayenta on U.S. 160, watch for the red sandstone cliffs known as Baby Rocks. East of Tuba City, also on U.S. 160, watch for the two sandstone towers known as Elephant Feet.