I have reached another destination on my Virtual Hike. Last night I put in enough miles on my walk to finally reach the Four Corners Monument.
You may remember from your school days that the Four Corners Monument is where the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet. It is the only place in the United States where four states touch.
As I approached the Four Corners area the landscape started to flatten out, but there were still some nice views. This view from Google Street View is where the trail I was on crossed a highway in Utah.
The trail I was following on the Virtual Hike did not have images, but this is from where I left the trail and joined US-160 in Arizona for the last little stretch of the segment to the Four Corners Monument. Here it is very flat and arid.
I followed US-160 into New Mexico which is where the entrance to the monument is located. You can only easily approach the monument from one direction. There is another route through Utah, but it is a narrow winding road from nowhere.
As I swung the image around on Google Maps to show the highway to the entrance the view changed to one from a different date. I was treated with a view of the area in winter time with snow on the ground.
You can see here that New Mexico 597 is an open range road. Can you see the cattle guard?
This is someplace I would like to visit someday, but it is not near the top of my bucket list. My little sister and her family visited the monument just this last year, so I would not be the first from my family 🙂
Now on to the next destination of my Virtual Hike. I have not yet picked the exact location of the next goal, but it will be somewhere in Colorado. I will be headed toward the Spanish Peaks, but they are too far away for the next goal. I need something much closer for motivation. Perhaps Chimney Rock, but I have not decided for sure.
Who can tell me why Spanish Peaks is on the route?