Four Iconic Destinations To Stay and Play Right Now
More than a quirky point on a Rand McNally roadmap, the Four Corners is a vast regional representation of Native American culture, mind-bending landscapes, geological treasures, centuries-old villages, Old West Americana and some of the most astonishing outdoor recreation available.
Looking for a memorable spring getaway? Here are four proven Four Corners’ destinations that will take you directly to the iconic wonders of our own back yard:
1. Durango, CO: Founded in 1880, Durango is ranked among the West’s most desirable places to live, work and play. Bisected by a free-flowing river that beckons with whitewater rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding and Gold Medal fly fishing, it also offers top-shelf golf (Glacier Club; Dalton Ranch; Hillcrest GC), world-class tourism (Mesa Verde National Park; Durango & Silverton Railroad; Strater Hotel), heart-pounding road and mountain biking, Zagat-rated restaurants, and dynamic special events and celebrations. Bonus tip: Don’t miss the Durango Wine Experience on April 23-25.
Pictured: Mesa Verde National Park
2. Moab, UT: Sited among some the most stunning red-rock landscapes on earth, Moab is a don’t-miss bucket list experience. Tour Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Dead Horse State Park, raft the Colorado River, and challenge the region’s jaw-dropping single-track trails on a motorcycle or mountain bike. Other stuff to enjoy: golf, hiking, climbing, ballooning, backpacking, sky diving and four-wheel driving. Bonus tip: Don’t miss the Moab April Action Car Show on April 24-26.
Pictured: Arches National Park
Pictured: A car at the Moab April Action Car Show
3. Page, AZ: Page offers base-camp proximity to magnificent Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon, Colorado River-fed Lake Powell, Canyon de Chelly National Monument and the stunning sandstone spires of sprawling Monument Valley. Stuff to do includes fishing, houseboating, river rafting, hiking, slot canyon touring, skydiving and more. Bonus tip: Test your golf swing—and concentration—at Lake Powell National, sited on the rim of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Pictured: A boat on Lake Powell
Pictured: Monument Valley
4. Aztec, NM: For outdoor recreationalists, small-town Aztec is big-ticket fun. Attractions include world-famous fly fishing on the San Juan River’s Quality Waters, the World Heritage Sites of Aztec Ruins National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Navajo Lake State Park, Bisti Wilderness, hundreds of hidden natural sandstone arches, mountain biking and golf (Hidden Valley GC and nationally ranked Piñon Hills in nearby Farmington). Bonus tip: America’s national parks will offer a fee-free weekend on April 18-19.
Pictured: Mountain Biking in Aztec
Chris Duthie is a contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. It publishes eight issues annually and proudly delivers daily content via www.coloradoavidgolfer.com.