Travel to the Four Corners Region in the American SouthWest – Episode 278

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith again about his trip to the Four Corners area in the American southwest. Four Corners is the spot where 4 U.S. states meet: Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. While the Four Corners spot itself is just a photo op (an probably at the wrong place), the area around it contains some amazing scenery and historic sites.

Erik gives us a state by state break down of the area. He tells us about National Parks nearby like:

  • Arches Canyonlands
  • Hovenweep
  • Moab
  • Canyon de Chelly
  • Rainbow Bridge
  • Mesa Verde
  • Chaco Culture
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison
  • Petrified Forest
  • Aztec Ruins

The area also boats the spectacular and iconic scenery of Monument Valley and a stretch of road known as the “Million Dollar Highway”. It has many Native American sites including those like Canyon de Chelly run jointly by the Navajo nation and the U.S.

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Show Notes

Four Corners
Four Corners Monument
Four Corners Monument –
Navajo Nation Parks – Four Corners
Arches National Park –
Canyonlands National Park –
Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Hovenweep National Monument –
Hovenweep National Monument
Gooseneck State Park –
Gooseneck State Park
Moab, Utah
Petrified Forest National Park –
Canyon de Chelly –
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Monument Valley Tribal Park
Rainbow Bridge National Monument –
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Moab Hot Air Balloon Rides
Black Canyon of the Gunnison –
Million Dollar Highway
Silverton, Colorado
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Mesa Verde National Park –
Mesa Verde National Park
New Mexico
Taos Pueblo
Acoma Pueblo
Chaco Culture National Historic Park –
Chaco Culture National Historic Park
Pueblo Bonito
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Amateur Traveler, Episode 121 – America’s National Parks
Amateur Traveler, Episode 183 – Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
Amateur Traveler, Episode 236 – Michigan
Amateur Traveler, Episode 15 – Antelope Canyon


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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

One Response to “Travel to the Four Corners Region in the American SouthWest – Episode 278”

Brad W


I’m a little behind in my AT episodes, I blame all the travel I’ve been so fortunate to be able to do this year. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, a quick comment about the latest Disneyland happenings. I agree that Disneyland hasn’t been massively overhauled, but there are plenty of tweaks to keep things interesting. Besides the few things you mentioned, there is also the Tom Sawyer Island Pirate’s Lair overlay, the very recent overhaul of Star Tours (aka Star Tours 2.0), plus some new entertainment (Soundsational parade, etc).

The big news is over at Disney California Adventure, where they’ve just opened a lot of new stuff (Toys Story Midway Mania, World of Color and Little Mermaid), and a huge new area dedicated to the Cars franchise is supposed to open in 2012. The hotel area is also getting a massive overhaul. 2012 would be a better time to go if you want everything open, but there’s still plenty of new stuff to see now.

There are lots of Disneyland podcasts where you can get more info. is pretty good for news, but it’s definitely a fan podcast where they often debate what could be done to make the parks better. Skip those sections if you just want quick news, but there’s a lot of gems they throw in those other sections. My favorite is, which isn’t as newsy, but they have a lot of background material and interviews with folks who built the various attractions.

Hope this helps.

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