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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 5:34 pm | Updated: 12:39 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

 Four Corners National Monument is the only place in the United States where you can be in four states at one time. It’s a picturesque moment standing in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado all at once, so bring your camera and favorite road trip companion to document all of the natural beauty of the snow-covered, high-desert region of northeastern Arizona.

 Four Corners National Monument is the only place in the United States where you can be in four states at one time.

It’s a picturesque moment standing in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado all at once, so bring your camera and favorite road trip companion to document all of the natural beauty of the snow-covered, high-desert region of northeastern Arizona.

For those of us who want to see Four Corners without driving the whole way to Monument Valley, now you can. Instead of six hours to Four Corners by car from the East Valley, you can now make it by tour operation from Tuba City, cutting your drive by almost half.

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Beginning in the new year, one can book an unforgettable Monument Valley tour from the convenience of the Quality Inn Navajo Nation in Tuba City. Tuba City is situated nicely between the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell, and Monument Valley.

Here is how your Four Corners weekend could go:

Relax and arrive in Tuba City on Friday. Check in and enjoy a wonderful tour of the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum. A one-stop cultural experience, it is an extraordinary look at the Navajo people, its society, its accomplishments and its historic contributions. The museum was created with the help of leading Navajo scholars, museum personnel and the Navajo artistic community to provide a vibrant experience for people of all ages and all nations. The premiere of this cultural exhibit was at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The showcase marked the first time the Navajo Nation, in its own words, told its story to the world. Come view this exquisite glimpse into a world and culture like no other.

After a hearty dinner at the Hogan Family Restaurant, slip into the Hogan Espresso & More coffee shop for a nice warm cup of coffee on the patio and enjoy the Southwest sunset. Slowly relax into a meditation that gets you prepared for the journey the next day.

Arise the next morning and order your choice of complimentary hot breakfast. From sausage biscuit to French toast, there is something to enjoy. Someone from Harold Simpson’s Trailhandler Tours meets you after breakfast for a quick rundown of the day’s itinerary. You begin your route to Monument Valley aboard one of Simpson’s vans. Along the way, you’ll see several historical sites and modern homes to contrast. Navajoland has so much to offer. Stories and myths dated from many years before bring clarity to this country within a country.

Arrive in Monument Valley and explore for a couple of hours. Have local guides tell you the stories that were handed down to them from previous generations. Listen to songs and music while searching for the serene moment you realize a connection. After the final group photo is taken, Simpson’s Trailhandlers brings you back to Tuba City.

Enjoy dinner and kick off your shoes in your room. Review digital photos and make a couple of last notes. Place stamps on your postcards and call it a day.

You have enjoyed an amazing weekend, and now it’s time to head home. Enjoy yourself on this Arizona trip, which you can bring up around the campfire the next time someone asks where you have traveled recently.

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