Four Corners 100 — RWGPS Link — Permanent Populaire # 3199
100.0 km / 62.2 miles, + 2,930 ft. Low point of the ride is 4,515 ft. at Aneth and the high point is 5,210 ft. Typical season is either in the spring or fall, but on the right (cool) day, can be ridden during the summer months too. Allotted time for ride: 6:40.
Introduction This 100K out and back goes into the Four Corners Monument in the southwest USA, the only place in the United States where four states intersect. The route travels through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Please note that the monument is at mile six, so don’t start too early, or you may find them closed (they may not be punctual either). Their posted hours are 08:00–18:50, except on major holidays. There is a $5.00 admittance fee.
The Start Point is at the only c-store (or services) at Teec Nos Pos Arizona. It is, as they say “a wide 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 is this small town.
Checkpoint Note The first checkpoint after the start (the monument) is only six miles, and down hill from the start. You may arrive before the official “Open Time” which is 20 minutes. Don’t sweat this. You will not be DQed for arriving early. In fact, I think the open times are a silly French thing and are primarily in place so volunteers know when to have staffed checkpoint open.
Four Corners 200 — RWGPS Link — Permanent # 3206
204.9 km (127.3 miles) with 4,934 feet of gain. 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. Allotted time for ride: 13:36.
Introduction This 200K loop goes into the Four Corners Monument in the southwest USA, the only place in the United States where four states intersect. The route travels through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Their posted hours are 08:00–18:50, except on major holidays. There is a $5.00 admittance fee. 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 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
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 a 200K permanent that starts in Moab, Utah which visits both of these parks.