The Other Four Corners: High in the San Juan National Forest four counties meet

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The Other Four Corners: High in the San Juan National Forest four counties meet

Mark Ott sits in San Juan County with the La Plata County seat behind him. With Ott as a guide, author Andrew Gulliford went in search of The Other Four Corners and found the one spot where you can sit in four county “seats” next to each other. Volunteers constructed and placed this rare seating arrangement at the exact spot high in the San Juan National Forest where La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties meet.
A well-etched stone with the words SAN JUAN and LAPLATA on it mark the original boundary between San Juan and La Plata counties as does an historic tree, portions of which still stand.
The U.S. Forest Service has added to the authenticity of this rare historic site by marking a bearing tree with a new yellow metal sign dated July 27, 2018.
Having missed The Other Four Corners site off the Colorado Trail, we walked down a nearby ridge line. From a distance, the author saw with binoculars this stump with red rocks on it and assumed the site was close, which it was.
The original marker tree for San Juan County, as distinct from La Plata County, remains wired to a modern wooden post. Hard to read on the blackened stump is the word LINE.
The La Plata County seat sits vacant here at the one spot where all four southwestern Colorado county seats come together. Volunteers constructed this seating arrangement and installed it on Sept. 9, 2001.
The original marked and etched pine tree proving the La Plata County/San Juan County line has died. The log segment with the historic carving and an 1880 date is under this small shed roof. Note the green metal cylinder that is water proof and contains the history of the site and the names of volunteers working on the Colorado Trail who helped to locate The Other Four Corners.
High in the San Juan National Forest, northwest of the Purgatory Resort, there is one spot where La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties all come together. It is very close to this segment of the Colorado Trail.

The Other Four Corners: High in the San Juan National Forest four counties meet

Mark Ott sits in San Juan County with the La Plata County seat behind him. With Ott as a guide, author Andrew Gulliford went in search of The Other Four Corners and found the one spot where you can sit in four county “seats” next to each other. Volunteers constructed and placed this rare seating arrangement at the exact spot high in the San Juan National Forest where La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties meet.
A well-etched stone with the words SAN JUAN and LAPLATA on it mark the original boundary between San Juan and La Plata counties as does an historic tree, portions of which still stand.
The U.S. Forest Service has added to the authenticity of this rare historic site by marking a bearing tree with a new yellow metal sign dated July 27, 2018.
Having missed The Other Four Corners site off the Colorado Trail, we walked down a nearby ridge line. From a distance, the author saw with binoculars this stump with red rocks on it and assumed the site was close, which it was.
The original marker tree for San Juan County, as distinct from La Plata County, remains wired to a modern wooden post. Hard to read on the blackened stump is the word LINE.
The La Plata County seat sits vacant here at the one spot where all four southwestern Colorado county seats come together. Volunteers constructed this seating arrangement and installed it on Sept. 9, 2001.
The original marked and etched pine tree proving the La Plata County/San Juan County line has died. The log segment with the historic carving and an 1880 date is under this small shed roof. Note the green metal cylinder that is water proof and contains the history of the site and the names of volunteers working on the Colorado Trail who helped to locate The Other Four Corners.
High in the San Juan National Forest, northwest of the Purgatory Resort, there is one spot where La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties all come together. It is very close to this segment of the Colorado Trail.
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