From US 169 at Teec Nos Pos we turned north toward the line on a confusing web of dirt roads that crossed recently-flooded washes– one or two of them were still damp; we checked them to make sure the soft damp soil would support the car. We followed County Road C474 steeply up onto a mesa that looked like a lunar quarry. We passed one house a half mile south of the line. On the state line there was a sign announcing the edge of Apache County (Utah). We got out and walked west to a nearby ridge. No evidence of human presence was visible except the dirt road behind us. The rough landscape, in the gray late light, was dry and inhospitable, a stage set for Diné endurance or Bilagáana* desperation. Location: N 360 59.9818′ W 1090 7.2666′, elev 5057 ft., about 4 1/4 miles west of 4 Corners, as the surveyor chains.
Above: looking west.
Below: looking east, toward Four Corners.
Location on the state line where the images above were recorded; the Navajo Nation lies both north and south of the line.
*Diné: Navajo for the people
Bilagáana: Navajo for European Americans