One Place NOT To Go On Vacation…

Today, we’re going to do something a little different. I’m going to describe one “vacation spot”, and why you shouldn’t stop there. It’s a tourist trap of epic proportions.

I saw a thing on YouTube before my vacation that actually listed the “Four Corners Monument” as one of the worst tourist sites in the country. Why? Well, let’s examine it. My granddaughter and wife wanted to go to it. That’s the place in northeastern Arizona where four states come together. Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah all merge. And they’ve built this little area signifying where they all come together. It’s not run by the federal government, like you’d think. It’s run by the Navajo Nation because it’s on their reservation. And be prepared to pay if you go.

First of all, something on their reservation, a WAYS on their reservation takes a LONG while just to get to. You’re three hours northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, and about two and a half hours northwest of Gallup, New Mexico. It’s all two lane roads. There is no cell phone coverage. The speed limit drops to 45 miles per hour every time you go through a “town” which is more like a few trailers huddled together. And you are in for a long, boring drive…though I will say, the scenery is pretty nice.

OK, when you get there, there isn’t much parking. There is a $5 per person charge to get in, which isn’t bad until you consider that it covers basically taking a few snapshots on your phone after you wait in line for 45 minutes. And it can get hot. Bring an umbrella and plenty of water. There are souvenir booths ringing the actual “four corners”. They’ve done a nice job with elevated picture taking platforms, and there is some seating, but it’s out in the sun. There’s no shade there. Once you get to the “spot” you stand, smile, and get your picture taken by some member in your party. The Navajo’s could have made an extra few bucks if THEY took the pictures, but that went over their head apparently. Meanwhile, you are treated to Native American music being played off to one side. There is a guy there that gets on the microphone to welcome you and thank you for “supporting what we Navajo’s believe in”, which I’m still wondering what that meant.

In the end, you spend about six hours getting to and from this place, waiting in line for 45 minutes for a couple of pictures. Now, my granddaughter and wife almost passed out from the heat, but they loved the two pictures I took of them standing in the spot where four states come together. Was it worth it? Well, of course, to make my wife and granddaughter happy, I’d walk on hot coals barefoot, but frankly, I thought the experience was almost as painful. Do yourself a favor. Go online, download a picture of the monument and Photoshop yourself into it.

You’ll thank me later….trust me!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!


9 thoughts on “One Place NOT To Go On Vacation…

  1. But now you can say you’ve been there. You don’t have to go back! What would be cool is if the natives had put a casino on the spot of the Four Corners. That they could cash in on. I don’t know if casinos are allowed in that area, and you’d have to have approval from all four states; are maybe being on a reservation they don’t need approval from the states. They have their own government. I agree, with that unique spot they could do better. Their attitude is probably preserve the land, but just mark this spot.

  2. I have a place not to go to on vacation as well. Tunica, Mississippi! We went there with some friends a few weeks ago, its dead. We stayed at the Hollywood Casino and Hotel. There were more employee cars in the parking lot than visitors. Our room window faced the casino floor; one evening before leaving for dinner (at different casino) I literally counted how many people were on the floor gambling. There was about 10, one person at the bar, playing video poker. Oh, the casino we went to dinner (and do some gambling) wasn’t much better. Probably less than 100 people in the joint. The food was great, Jo Ann won $3,100.00; so it was a worthwhile trip; for her! I questioned why we went to Tunica to gamble, when we have 2 casinos within a 10 minute drive from our house. Answer, to just get away! We stopped in Memphis, spent the night and had a great time. Note: Memphis bar-b-que is good, but I don’t think better than Kansas City BBQ. K.C. BBQ the best.

    • When we were golfing every state, we stayed in Biloxi…the casino was a lot more crowded than Tunica (which surprises me because I thought Tunica was a MUCH bigger gambling mecca!). And we didn’t win…though the golf course was pretty. It was a Nicklaus design in a wildlife preserve.

  3. Well Desert, it looks like both of us are back and loaded for bear, except in my case I am literally loaded for bear due to a collection of artillery that will make your unwashed masses wet their pants. Thanks bro, what am I going to with all of this, guess go out and Trump voters and conservatives I believe are a clear and present danger. Enough of that half a Second Amendment crap.

    You know what doesn’t surprise me, how really clueless white people are. Your blog and Lutrell’s inane post shows that no matter how much time had passed, no matter how badly whites have treated the Native Americans, white people still believe they know best.

    You go to Canada or Mexico or Europe, you accept their culture, language, more’s and territory. Visit the Rez in the Four Corners area and you turn into #whinny little bitches. Personally, I don’t get it. Apparently, if they don’t have a Hilton casino complex, a four lane highway with a speed limit of 75 and a Vegas style revue with covered seating, It’s a waste of time. As for the souvenir stands, my experience had been that the items for sale arehandmade. Have you ever.

  4. Sorry, doing this from a lousy Samsung phone that is possessed.
    My point was have you ever talked with the people who made these items? I learned a lot about turquoise mines, watched a man create an arrowhead while discussing where he secured his obsidian and the technique involved and spoke with an 80 year old woman who learned spinning of wool, plants for natural dyes and weaving from her grandmother and great grandmother. True, I do have a degree in U. S. History, but that aside, my fascination with Native Americans started when I was 8 and our first family driving West. We attended a hoop dance given by a band of Ogallala Sioux and I was hooked. Still learning about Native Americans where ever I travel. There is much we can learn from them and their old ways. Best conversation I ever had was with a Code Talker about nine years ago. Quite the person.

    Don’t judge them and their ways, after all it is their land and culture.

    • Oh, don’t get me wrong. The handmade jewelry from Native Americans is really good quality stuff. I’m not trying to jump on that. What I am saying is quite simply there is a time and place for it. And frankly, going to what probably should have been a “national monument” and seeing 80 souvenir booths isn’t what I was expecting to see. T-shirts and Four Corners don’t really go together if you catch my drift…but I do agree that Native American jewelry is really neat!

    • Oh…and just so you’re clear…they certainly have the right to their “ways and their culture” as you put it…just as I have a right to express my opinion on visiting their land…good, bad, or indifferent. You don’t have to like everything these folks do, and you’re not being mean spirited or “un-American” if you don’t like it. Just sayin’!

  5. I guess those tacky gift shops at the Grand Canyon and the other national parks are more to your liking. I know you to be a good person but your post just hit me as a touch discriminatory. I could have said a touch racist but I know you don’t run with that herd.

    Even thought of owning a vintage Soviet assault rifle? Doubles as a sniper rifle, no kidding, think the movie Enemy At The Gates.

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