Some years ago I got a job with a Santa Fe-based company, and I drove from Alaska to New Mexico, where I stopped for onboarding on my way to work in their Washington, DC office. The four corners area is truly sublime, and over the next year I had ample opportunity to return to Santa Fe and explore the four corners area by car.
I loved every minute of it, but I can tell you if this guide had been available I would have loved it even more. Roadtrip America: Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by Rick Quinn is a fantastic guidebook. It's comprehensive, up-to-date and the format is perfect: every route in the books starts and ends on the Interstate system, but takes you far beyond to the places that are most interesting.
Rick clearly put in the miles to make this great book. Reading through it I kept thinking, "I can't believe I missed that!" From Billy the Kid's haunts and hideouts to abandoned architectural experiments to Indian cliff dwellings to beautifully raw landscapes, Rick's book covers it all.
The format matches the high quality of the content. Four color-coded sections are filled with gorgeous photography and clear maps that invite exploration. Callouts highlight attractions both natural and human-made, as well as local legends and history. We really can't say enough good things about this book; if you're driving through the area, or even just thinking about it, just get it. Now where is the Utah and Colorado edition to complete the four corners tour?