Four Corners 100K & 200K

My Permanents Intro Page including Regstration Info


Overview

These permanents go into the Four Corners Monument in the southwest USA, the only place in the United States where four states intersect. All three routes travel through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. There is a $5.00 admittance fee to the park. The services at the park are very limited. Their posted hours are 08:00–18:50, except on major holidays when they are closed.


Four Corners 100 — RWGPS Link — Permanent Populaire # 3199

100.0 km / 62.2 miles, + 2,935 ft.  This is an out and back route.
The allotted time for this permanent is 6:40.

Introduction
The low point of the ride is 4,515 ft. at Aneth at the turnaround. The high point is 5,210 ft. The typical season is either in the spring or fall, but on the right (cool) day, can be ridden during the summer months too.

The start point is at the only services in Teec Nos Pos Arizona on US-160, called Teec Nos Pos Trading Post, Junction Hwy, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86154. It is, as they say, just “a wide spot in the road.” They are open Mon-Sat 08:00-19:00 & Sundays til 18:00. There is plenty of parking. There is no motel here. Since they don’t open until only 8:00, if you wish for an earlier start (i.e. in the heat of the summer), consider the 125K route instead.

Please note that the monument is at mile six of this route, so don’t start too early, or you may find them closed (they may not be punctual in opening). Their posted hours are 08:00–18:50, except on major holidays. Also, since this checkpoint is only six miles in, and down hill from the start, you may arrive before the official Populaire “Open Time” which is 20 minutes after you start. Don’t sweat this. You will not be DQed for arriving too early.

Services The closest motel is in Bluff Utah, which is where the 200K starts (see motel notes below). Bluff is closer to the North Start than the South Start. Otherwise, there are motels in Farmington New Mexico or in Kayenta Arizona.


 

Four Corners 125 — RWGPS Link — Permanent Populaire # 3423

124.9 km / 77.6 miles / +3,463 ft. This is a loop route.
The allotted time for this permanent is 8:16.

Introduction
The low point of the ride is 4,463 ft. at the start. The high point is 5,210 ft. The typical season is either in the spring or fall, but on the right (cool) day, can be ridden during the summer months too.

The start point is at the only c-store (or services) in Montezuma Creek Utah, which is 17 miles east of Bluff. This c-store, Red Mesa Express, 516 Hwy 262, Montezuma, UT 84534, is open Mon-Sat 06:00-22:00, 7 days. There should be plenty of parking here or next door at the elementary school.

Services The closest motel is in Bluff Utah, which is where the 200K starts (see motel notes below). Bluff is closer to the 125K Start than the 100K Start. Otherwise, there are motels in Farmington New Mexico or in Kayenta Arizona.


 Four Corners 200 — RWGPS Link — Permanent # 3206

204.9 km /127.3 miles / +4,934 feet. This is a loop route.
The allotted time for this permanent is 13:36.

Introduction
The low point of the ride is 4,282 ft. and the high point is 5,505 ft. Typical season is either in the spring (from April or maybe March on) or fall (through October or maybe November), but on the right (cool) day, could be ridden during the summer months too. This route would typically be too cold to ride mid winter, especially if you do some of the riding at night. The monument is at mile 48 on the 200K route. At mile 84, this route passes through a small community called Mexican Water Arizona, which has a highly-recommended small restaurant for authentic Navajo and/or Mexican food. The c-store at this location is open from 06:00–22:00. The restaurant there may have similar hours.

The start point is any service in Bluff Utah. There is only c-store in town at the west end: Sinclair/K&C Trading Post, 161 US-191 (primitive outdoor toilets), tel 435-672-2221, store open approx. 06:00-22:00. I decided to make the start point for the 200K Bluff, instead of Teec Nos Pos Arizona, like the 100K, because there are overnight services in Bluff. Also, the prevailing afternoon winds are from the south or southwest, and with this route, it puts that wind to your back (hopefully) near the end of the ride.

Services in Bluff, Utah
Motels: There is the Kokopelli Inn or the Recapture Lodge, which are both right near to the Sinclair c-store. Desert Rose Inn is another. There are two RV parks in town too.
Food: Twin Rocks Cafe at 913 East, Navajo Twins Drive (east end of town) appears to be nice. Also, consider the San Juan River Kitchen at 281 E Main St, which is near the Sinclair c-store.
Bluff sits on the banks of the beautiful San Juan River. There are a number commercial river-running companies in town, so if are looking for pre- or post-ride activities, consider that. North of Bluff are two national parks (Arches and Canyonlands), also in Utah. I have 100K and 200K permanents that starts in Moab, Utah which visit these parks.

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