Year of 2017

Shiprock in the Navajo Nation of New Mexico

Millions of years ago, a mountain shrouded Shiprock from view. The volcanic plug—a hardened magma plug that stops up a volcano—formed and after millions of years of erosion, the mountain washed away, leaving Shiprock exposed. The Navajo people call it the ‘winged rock,’ as their creation myth includes the tale of giant supernatural birds, one of which landed atop Shiprock. Europeans called it Shiprock because of the rock’s resemblance to a 19th-century clipper ship. That natural stone wall leading to Shiprock is the volcanic ‘throat’ that once channeled molten rock to the crater.

Shiprock is a monadnock rising nearly 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain of the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet above sea level. It lies about 10.75 miles southwest of the town of Shiprock, which is named for the peak.
Elevation: 7,177 feet (2,188 m)
First ascent: 1939
Prominence: 1,581 feet (482 m)
First ascenders: David Brower · Bestor Robinson · John Dyer · Raffi Bedayn