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Shiprock Rock Formation

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Address: San Juan County, Shiprock, NM

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Interesting sight

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.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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
San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 it, like you find at Arches NP a few hours away. If you do visit,... More 

2 Thank Shutterbug027
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 a beautiful sight to see! I'm not sure if there's much to do if you... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 dirt/rocky road. Good photographs can be made from the turnoff before heading down the road.

1 Thank Sassamatt
Riverton, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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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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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Reviewed 12 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.

5 Thank Matthew T
Roseburg, Oregon
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Reviewed 26 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 

5 Thank jim a
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 6 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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