It’s hard to miss the unique sight of Shiprock with its huge 7,177 foot peak. Located in North West New Mexico you’ll find Shiprock about an hour from Four Corners. The rock formation is a result of volcanic activity and the spire itself is an example of a volcanic neck.
Be respectful when visiting Shiprock, the land is sacred to the Navajo people. It’s recommended to stay on Indian Service Route 13 and stay off the dirt roads around Shiprock. I found the best view off of Route 13 at the Shiprock dike. There are a few pull offs to the east of the dike but you’ll have to use the small shoulder on the side of Route 13 to be at the base. You can read more about the rules of Shiprock on the Navajo nation website.Shiprock on Google Maps
Here are photos of Shiprock in New Mexico including aerial photos from my DJI Air 2s.
Recommended photography gear: Since it’s disrespectful to get near Shiprock and drive on the ground I recommend bringing a telephoto lens to capture Shiprock. By far my favorite angles were using my drone to capture the dike and Shiprock. I made sure not to fly over the terrain around Shiprock.
Shiprock Movie Appearances
Shiprock has been featured in quite a few movies over the decades. Here are some notable movies Shiprock has made an appearance in.
- My Darling Clementine (1946)
- Baraka (1992)
- Natural Born Killers (1994)
- Transformers (2007)
- John Carter (2012)
- The Host (2013)
- The Lone Ranger (2013)
- Beyond the Reach (2014)
- Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
A visit to Shiprock in New Mexico promises an inspiring experience. With its stunning geological formation and rich cultural significance, this iconic landmark offers a unique opportunity to connect with the natural beauty and spiritual history of the Navajo Nation. This majestic rock formation will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on your senses.
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