Proceed south from the town of Shiprock on New Mexico Hwy 491 and "The Shiprock" is visible for many miles.
4wd or high clearance required to access roads to the site.
Shiprock Peak is the "neck", or remains of a solidified lava core, of a dormant 40 million year old volcanic pinnacle. It is shaped somewhat like a 19th century Clipper Ship with high trap-dykes running north from Utah and south from the main spire and rising about 1,800 feet above the four-corners New Mexican plain. It's elevation is 7,178 feet above sea level