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Shiprock rock formation

San Juan County, Shiprock, NM
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Shiprock
Type: Geologic Formations
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

You can see Shiprock from thirty miles away and it is absolutely spectacular. Not sure you need to go out of your way to see this, but if you're passing through the area on your way to Monument Valley or South into New Mexico, you can't miss it. Our issue was, we were trying to find a way to get... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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116 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

By itself, it's a monster. But, once you start heading into Utah and Monument Valley, it's not that impressive in comparison. But, it was was pretty cool seeing it out there as a prelude of things to come. Heading west out of town, there is some great opportunities for some pics because there wasn't any traffic on that lonely road.... More

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Seattle, Washington
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30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Well Shiprock is HUGE. In fact, we could see it all the way from Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado! It has an interesting shape and obviously stands out in New Mexicos' desert landscape. However, it didn't look like anything much is being done to keep the surrounding areas clean, which is a real pity. In my opinion, it is... More

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Amarillo, Texas
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16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have always wanted to see Shiprock with my own eyes and last week I was able to fulfill this desire of mine. The rock formation is massive, pictures just don't do it justice. There are many locations where you can stop and view it but that was not good enough for me, I had to drive out to it... More

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Denver, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Shiprock is an amazing site rising out of the desert floor. I was limited in time so did not venture all the way to the rock. I found the best way to get some pictures was to head south on Hwy 491 out of Shiprock, NM. You'll see the formation on your right. Stop at the first pull off for... More

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Santo Tomas
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107 reviews 107 reviews
40 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Superb view of Shiprock formation to your south as you travel through the heart of Indian ountry. Near the 4 Corners monument and Canyon de Chelle park.

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Saint Petersburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The path used after leaving the road is full of holes, rocks, trenches but worth the bouncing around to get there. Can climb to base of volcano but no higher. It is steep and has loose gravel. But the views are wonderful. And to know at sometime this was an active volcano and you are next to it is incredible.... More

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Valrico, Florida
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The site is off the beaten path so if you want a close look as we did, you will need to navigate the various gravel paths out to the formation. Not recommended for low sitting vehicles and you really should have a 4x4. It is an impressive formation as it is visible even from Wetheral Mesa in the Mesa Verde... More

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Black Hawk, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

If you spend enough time in the desert Southwest, you might become jaded, wondering if your allotted number of "oohs" and "aahs" might be exhausted. One monolith after another in spectacular progression. Yet I chose to view another in the early morning, having left Farmington on the way to Canyon de Chelly. As dawn's early light shown through, I headed... More

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Searcy, Arkansas, USA
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Visible for miles in all directions. You can get close enough to take a look, but not to close (sacred Native American land) Highways in the area are terrible.

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