Southwest Travel Report

The Four Corners Region

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In this travel report, you will find lists of recommended places to visit on your next trip to the region. There are also links to park websites and valuable information to help you determine a destination in the region and plan an itinerary.

The report covers a relatively broad region, so we have included links to stories about specific places we hope you will consider visiting.

The places we recommend are worthwhile destinations, with amazing scenery, hiking opportunities and educational exhibits. Many are culturally and historically significant. When you visit, we hope you will consider independent local businesses for dining or lodging, to help support the local economy and maintain the distinctive character of the area.

We will continue to add to the information provided here and improve the organization of the material. Additionally, you will find updated links to more specific information as it becomes available.

Once you are preparing to travel, see the packing list, warnings and photography tips.

Recent Travel, Greatest Adventures

Great Day Hikes, Best Overlooked Sites, Best Archeological Sites
Best Landscapes to Photograph, Best Volcanic Areas, Best Scenic Routes

Places to Visit
Historic Sites, Museums, Historic Hotels
Tourist Towns, Campgrounds, Native American Powwows

Armchair Tourism
Recommended Reading, Recommended Viewing
Movies Filmed in the Southwest, Adventure Books

Links, Motel Towns, Motels, Restaurants
Travel Plans, Photo Equipment, Good Guides

Adventures | Recommendations | Places to Visit | Armchair Tourism | Preparations

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Recent Travel Upcoming Travel
  • See Itinerary
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Sunset Crater, Wupatki
  • Water Holes Canyon See Images
  • Glen Canyon, Escalante-Grand Staircase
  • Zion
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Capitol Reef
  • Petrified Forest
  • Homol'ovi See Images
Greatest Adventures

Adventures | Recommendations | Places to Visit | Armchair Tourism | Preparations

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Great Day Hikes Best Overlooked Sites Best Archeological Sites Archaeological Links Best Landscapes to Photograph Best Volcanic Areas Best Scenic Routes
  • UT 12 from its origin near Panguitch and the Sevier River to Torrey, then UT 24 to Hanksville
  • Southwest Colorado Loop: CO 145 Cortez to Placerville (cross Lizard Head Pass 10,222'), CO 62 to Ridgeway, US 550 to Durango (cross Red Mountain Pass 11,008' and Molas Divide 10,910'), US 160 to Cortez
  • Texas 160, River Road from Big Bend to Presidio, through Big Bend Ranch State Park
  • US 191, Coronado Trail from Morenci to St. Johns, through the Apache National Forest, then US 180 to Petrified Forest National Park
  • New Mexico 14 from Cedar Crest to Sante Fe, through Madrid and Cerrillos
  • NM 12 from Junction with US 180 in the San Fancisco and Tularosa Mountains, then US 60 to Socorro, NM, through the Plains of San Agustin
  • New Mexico 55 North of Carrizozo through the Manzano Mountains, then NM 337 to Albuquerque
  • US 82 Artesia, NM to Alamogordo, NM (Hope to High Rolls is scenic and is best driven westward)
  • NM 4 from White Rock to Jemez Pueblo
  • US 84 from Espanola, NM to Chama, CO
  • US 87 from Phoenix, AZ to Winslow, AZ, across Mogollon Rim
  • CO 149 from South Fork, CO to Gunnison, CO, along the Rio Grande

Adventures | Recommendations | Places to Visit | Armchair Tourism | Preparations

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Historic Sites Museums Historic Hotels
  • Copper Queen, Bisbee, AZ
  • La Posada, Winslow, AZ
  • Cameron Hotel, Cameron, AZ
  • The Gage Hotel, Marathon, TX
  • Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas, NM
Tourist Towns
  • Silverton, CO
  • Tombstone/Bisbee, AZ
  • Chimayo, NM
  • Acoma, NM (Sky City)
  • Sedona, AZ
  • Creede, CO
  • Cloudcroft, NM
  • Lajitas/Terlingua, TX
  • Old Town Albuquerque, NM
  • Madrid/Cerrillos, NM
  • Central City, CO
Campgrounds Native American Powwows
  • United Tribes International, Bismarck, ND
    First weekend after Labor Day in September
  • Navajo Nation Fair, Shiprock, NM
    First weekend in October
  • Gathering of Nations, Albuquerque, NM

Adventures | Recommendations | Places to Visit | Armchair Tourism | Preparations

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Recommended Reading
  • Some Strange Corners of Our Country, by Charles F. Lummis
  • The Rocky Mountain Wonderland, by Enos A. Mills
  • Vanished Arizona, by Martha Summerhayes
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown
  • I Fought With Geronimo, by Jason Betzinez
Recommended Viewing
  • The Spirit of Crazy Horse, PBS Documentary
  • Incident at Oglala, directed by Robert Redford
  • Surviving Columbus: The Story of the Pueblo People, PBS
  • Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation, directed by Godfrey Reggio
  • Where the Green Ants Dream, directed by Werner Herzog
Movies Filmed in the Southwest
  • Milagro Beanfield War
  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • Gas Food Lodging
  • Lone Star
  • The Powwow Highway
  • The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
  • Fools Rush In
Adventure Books
  • The Travels of Marco Polo (the Venitian), by Manuel Komroff
  • The Great Taos Bank Robbery, by Tony Hillerman
  • Blue Highways, by William Least Heat-Moon
  • Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer
  • Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer

Adventures | Recommendations | Places to Visit | Armchair Tourism | Preparations

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Links Motel Towns
  • Alamogordo, NM
  • Socorro, NM
  • Panguitch, UT
  • Willcox, AZ
  • Holbrook, AZ
  • Mexican Hat, UT
  • Kanab, UT
  • Grants, NM
  • Bashful Bob's Motel, Page, AZ
  • Rio Grande Motel, Socorro, NM
  • Wild Bill's New Bryce Motel, Hatch, UT
  • Harold's Place Restaurant, Bryce Junction, UT
  • Uranium Cafe, Grants, NM
  • Joe and Aggie's Cafe, Holbrook, AZ
Travel Plans Photo Equipment Good Guides
  • The Roads of New Mexico, Shearer Publishing, Fredericksburg, TX
  • New Mexico Road and Recreation Atlas, Benchmark Maps
  • Road Conditions in New Mexico, 1-800-432-4269
  • The Roads of Texas, Shearer Publishing, Fredericksburg, TX
  • Texas State Travel Guide (free), call 1-800-452-9292
  • Colorado Atlas and Gazette, DeLorme Mapping, Freeport, ME
  • Utah Travel Council Map: Southeastern Utah
  • Utah Travel Council Map: Southwestern Utah
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