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Shiprock Rock Formation

San Juan County, Shiprock, NM
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A close up view of the Shiprock leaves one feeling a sense of awe, which never grows old, even... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edmond, Oklahoma
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Big rock

This formation is out in the middle of nowhere. It is about 1 hour from Cortez Colorado. I didn't... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mark D
Houston, Texas
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“four corners” (9 reviews)
“dirt road” (12 reviews)
San Juan County, Shiprock, NM
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A close up view of the Shiprock leaves one feeling a sense of awe, which never grows old, even after repeated viewings. To get close, I would recommend an SUV, pick up, etc., as the dirt road is rutted and very-slow going in places.

Thank morhoades
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This formation is out in the middle of nowhere. It is about 1 hour from Cortez Colorado. I didn't get to go to the base of it but from a distance it is impressive. Even saw it from atop Mesa Verde NP.

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Passed Shiprock on the way to Monument Valley. It's a pity you cannot get closer but it is still an impressive sight to see. We managed to find several point along the highway to get some pictures.

Thank Paulellwood
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Shiprock is sacred to several tribes, and it is a marvel to see - it rises out of the desert floor and is visible for all directions.

Thank monighan
Reviewed 26 April 2017

I wish I could have found a route that got us closer to it, but even the road we took was very bumpy and was glad we were in a 4x4 truck.

Thank dmbmonkey311
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

This isn't something you go out of your way to visit, but if you're in the area, it's worth the little bit of a drive. This is a beautiful rock formation that isn't swarmed with people climbing all over it, and carving stupid stuff into...More

5  Thank Shutterbug027
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We saw this for quite a bit on our drive north towards the 4 corners. It is a really beautiful formation standing in the middle of flatness. I wouldn't say it's worth a detour (read: not THAT amazing) but if you're traveling that direction, it's...More

1  Thank Layla W
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Shiprock rises up over 7000 feet from the plateau. It is fractured volcanic breccia flanked by dykes of igneous rock. To get close to it (rock climbing is strictly prohibited as it is both dangerous and a sacred Navajo space), there is a half mile...More

3  Thank Sassamatt
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Breathtakingly beautiful rock formation. It was absolutely picturesque as the early February sun was dipping low in the west and all the pastel shades of pink, lavender and blues surrounded this natural wonder. A remarkable sunset I won't soon forget.

2  Thank esthichick
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I first learned of shiprock from a colleague at work. He brought it up on google earth. Incredible how large this formation is ( nearly 1600 ft tall). The lava flows ( now walls ) that lead to the shaft ( shiprock is the remnant...More

7  Thank W285JUluiss
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Donald P
What would be the easiest way to get to Shiprock from the town of Shiprock. My wife and I want to go there this coming weekend. Thank you.
26 November 2016|
Response from NavC130 | Reviewed this property |
Drive south from the town of Shiprock on US 491 for a little more than four miles. Turn right on Indian Service Route 13 and there's a pull off place about 5.5 miles from 491. There's a dirt track there that will get you... More