Cornered AgainOn the Road Again, Day 14: Durango, CO to Kayenta, AZ
Traveling from Durango west to northern Arizona on US-160 today took us into the Navajo Nation as we crossed the Four Corners intersection. Occupying parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, the Navajo Nation is a semi-autonomous Native American-governed territory covering some 27,000 square miles (slightly bigger than West Virginia). The Four Corners monument is located on Navajo land and operated by the tribe.
|Four Corners Monument|
As we drove through the Four Corners area today, we learned a new term—diatreme. In fact, we saw numerous examples of diatremes today. Though a geologist would define it very differently, in simple terms, a diatreme is a rock-filled volcanic vent that, over millions of years, breaches the earth's surface as the terrain around it erodes. Though Monument Valley is undoubtedly the best known collection of diatremes in the Navajo Volcanic Field, many others pop into view for those driving in this area.
|Chimney Rock near Towaoc, CO|
|Church Rock near Kayenta AZ|
More Photos from Today
|Where four states meet|
|Another view of Church Rock|
|CO-124 north of Mancos, where we searched for letterboxes this morning|