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“Nice from afar....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shiprock rock formation

Shiprock rock formation
San Juan County, Shiprock, NM
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Shiprock, New Mexico
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“Nice from afar....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

It looks nice from afar but getting closer there's litter of empty alcoholic beverages and alot of graffiti on the boulder rocks at the bottom on the east side base of the rock. Sad...

Visited November 2013
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“Impressive Rock Formation, Difficult to Access”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

You can see this impressive rock formation from miles and miles away (especially if you're coming from the north). The problem is access to it for travelers.

I came with a friend, and we accessed it via Indian Service Route 13 off of 491. You'll see a row of small mountains that sort of leads right up to Ship Rock. There's a gated "road" leading towards the structure just to the east of this row of mountains, but it's dicey to drive without 4-wheel drive. We unfortunately had a little sedan that we safely maneuvered about 1 mile towards the structure before we decided to pull over and hike the rest of the way.

As you drive (or walk) towards Ship Rock, you'll see a number of well-traveled dirt roads with beer cans and liquor bottles (seriously ... shameful littering) along the side of the road.

We didn't actually hike all the way up the rock formation, but there's a great photo vantage point about 3/4 of the way towards the rock from Indian Service Route 13 that really captures the beauty of the structure. There's a couple of hills between the dirt road and the row of mountains, and if you stand at the top of one of the hills (we chose the one with darker rocks), Ship Rock is directly behind you in all its glory. We took pictures in the afternoon, and the light shines off the west face of the rock and illuminates it just right.

I don't think it really looks like a ship (remember, it means winged bird in Native American). It looks more like a castle to me. That being said, I think it's definitely worth a stop if you're passing by.

Visited November 2013
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“Quite a Site ... If you are driving through the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Quite a site to see at sunset ... it would be great to see from a scenic pullover or two from the highway. It would also be better if visitors had easier access, but it is understandable to respect native american custom and beliefs.

Visited October 2013
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Tularosa, New Mexico
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“Shiprock mountain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

You have got to see it to believe it! Truly looks like an old time sailing ship cutting through the desert. Just one of the sites to experience in the four corners region. I was so impressed with the area's beauty I know I will return to experience many more of the area's delights. The near by Navajo city of Shiprock has food and lodging available; but do not expect anything fancy; you are in the true 'wild west' and people are laid back and friendly.

Visited September 2013
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“Truly looked like a ship in a harbor from afar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

When we left the Four Corners Monument (see that review) we decided to drive to Holbrook, AZ via Hwy 64/US 491 in New Mexico. We thought it would be nice to see some of New Mexico even if only by road. I spotted Shiprock almost immediately.

It was early evening and I wondered if it was a landmark. I saw the name of the town and it rang a bell. I remembered reading about it when planning our vacation. We hadn't driven this way specifically to see Shiprock. It was a nice surprise.

It looked like there was a mist about it and really looked like a ship coming into harbor on a foggy evening. It looked so majestic standing tall admits otherwise flat land. If we had time, we would have liked to drive closer to it. We were just passing through...like two ships in the night.

Visited August 2013
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