Four Corners National Parks

Introduction and Map The Four Corners region has the richest array of ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) sites as well as some of the most memorable scenery in this country. Hoovenweep National Monument includes six prehistoric Anasazi villages spread over a 20-mile area of desert, mesas and canyons. Multistoried towers sit on balanced boulders and canyon rims.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Chaco Canyon contains the densest and most exceptional concentration of large Anasazi pueblos or villages to be found anywhere. Mexican Hat is a tiny, off beat stop for tired tourists going to Moab or on down 163. For us it was a destination while visiting the Valley of the Gods  and Monument Valley.
Shiprock is the dominant natural landmark in the Four Corners region and a revered site in Navajo religious beliefs. When pollution from the local power plants permit, it can be seen for 40 miles. Valley of the Gods has been called, "Monument Valley Lite." But it is also less traveled, which makes it more personally accessible. There are few tourists and no guides to direct or hurry you along.
Bandelier National Monument's best-known archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon were inhabited from the 1100s into the mid-1500s. Earlier groups had used the area for thousands of years Monument Valley is at once an alien landscape and the most universally recognized image of the American West. Like an Ansel Adams, Monument Valley is uniquely American.
Mesa Verdi National Parks archeological sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. The Park offers a spectacular look into the lives of the ancient Anasazi people. Canyon de Chelly National Park combines spectacular geological formations and the mysteries of the ancient Anasazi culture in one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America.