You may want to start your journey at The Nations of the Four Corners by following Native tradition. Climb the Tower and get the lay of the land staring east, where you can see Sleeping Ute Mountain, a warrior who rests in his headdress with arms folded across his chest. Legend says that in a time of great trouble for the Ute people, he will arise and help them.
Turning in a little to the south, look for what is called Shiprock or, by the Navajos, “Tse bitah,” meaning “the rock’s wing.” Moving your gaze to the southwest, you may be able to spot Eagle Mesa and other mesas in Monument Valley. To the west, atop Elk Ridge, you can see the twin peaks called “Bear’s Ears.” This was a winter camp and farmland for the Utes. To the north, look for Blue Mountain, also known as the Abajo Peaks.
Plants & Animals
We have many animals that call this area home. Cottontail rabbits, many varieties of lizards, crows and ravens, Mule deer, coyotes, red tail hawks, and many others. We also have a large variety of plants and wildflowers. Come in late may to enjoy the blossoming prickly-pear cacti.
Please be respectful to the plants and animals that call this area home. Thank you!
Download A Map
We have a free map available to our visitors so you can prepare before you visit. To see all the features and get the full experience, please plan on a full day of exploring.