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Shiprock Rock Formation

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Address: San Juan County, Shiprock, NM

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 dirt/rocky road. Good photographs can be made from the turnoff before heading down the road.

Thank Sassamatt
Riverton, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank esthichick
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 of a very large volcano ) are quite a sight. We drove up interstate 481... More 

5 Thank W285JUluiss
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Not only is it peaceful but amazing. The rock formation secluded then there is two rock formation leading away from it. When we went there was horses running around and you could almost picture yourself back in time.

4 Thank Marilyn N
Albuquerque, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Impressive rock formation and photo opportunity. No park or admission fees. Very worth taking a 11 mile detour off the main Highway 491 to see. Just respect the place and keep it clean. If you keep heading west you'll end up in Red Valley, AZ. If you choose to go over Buffalo Pass, it's a very scenic and pretty drive.

4 Thank Matthew T
Roseburg, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

After hours of quiet desertscape rolling by the sunset was catching the formation as I arrived a few miles from the monolith. I was on a reservation and there were Indian hogans in the distance as well. Set up the tripod and camera along a tiny dirt road and still had to pause and take in the silence and beauty... More 

4 Thank jim a
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is quite a spectacular rock that sits ona desert plain some ten miles from the township of shiprock.It is on private property and access is via a very bad road. there is very little signage at the entrance. Apart form the access it is definitely worth a visit

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We passed this beauty on our way from Farmington to four corners and on the way back through decided to try to get closer. Turned on the dirt road that you pass as you're passing the field from where you can see the rock and just followed it down until we couldn't go any further. No one stopped us and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Went out and found this beautiful rock. Being able to drive out by the rock made for a unforgettable experience. I was lucky to catch the sunset and to really soak in New Mexico great. To drive out by the rock you have to go off road a little bit but if you have a vehicle that can handle it,... More 

1 Thank erin p
Tustin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Shiprock, the petrified throat of a long-lost volcano, is an amazing thing to see up close. Accessing it is not very difficult and is not particularly problematic. In fact, there's a sign up on one of the open access roads that even says something like "Welcome to shiprock. Drive safely and help keep it sacred." I was hesitant to access... More 

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