15-Sep-2001 -- When I was young, my grandmother lived in the small town of
Bluff, Utah, about 35 miles west of the "Four Corners".
I spent many great summers exploring the area around her
house. I had visited the "Four Corners" area before so I
was aware of what the terrain was like. The 37N 109W
confluence was a natural for me.
I was returning home from a week long vacation at Lake
Powell and figured I would take the long way home.
My plan, from topo maps, was to park by the bridge on the
San Juan River (photo #2) and then walk along an old road
(photo #3) to the confluence. If that route wouldn't work
my next plan was to walk in from the highway on the north,
through a gravel pit. (photo #4) Notice Shiprock in the
Unfortunately, the area is on the Ute Mountain Indian
Reservation. It is fenced and posted with warning signs.
(photo #5) I did not care to trespass so I changed my plan
to return home to try to obtain the proper permission to
visit this confluence.
It looks like I was a little too late. Dale Stahlecker got
there first. I am glad to see that he visited the
confluence without doing something illegal.