Friday, June 8, 2012

Four Corners Visitors Can Now use Map, Website

Few areas of the United States possess as many national parks and monuments, ancient American Indian sites and scenery as the Four Corners of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

Places such as Mesa Verde and Canyonlands national parks; Aztec, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, Canyon de Chelly and Chaco Canyon national monuments; and Monument Valley combine with the culture of the Navajo and Hopi tribes to make a visit to the area a fascinating journey.

The four states are launching a major four-state geotourism initiative Saturday at Aztec Ruins National Monument. Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics and the well being of residents. It’s a collaboration between National Geographic, the Utah/Colorado Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway, area nonprofit organizations and state, local and federal government agencies.

The event celebrates the release of two new products designed to promote the area.

National Geographic is releasing a full-color, waterproof, tear-resistant map called "The Four Corners Region —Trail of the Ancients." The map provides directions to historic structures and archeological sites, scenic landscapes, wildlife viewing areas, trails, outdoor recreation, local cuisine, festivals, artists and river guides.

The second product is the Four Corners Region — Trail of the Ancients" interactive website at This is also a National Geographic production. Salt Lake Tribune