The Shiprock, rising 1,583 above the high-desert plain on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico is the remnant of an explosive volcanic eruption that occurred around 30 million years ago.
It is a sacred site for the Navajo, whose mythology says the rock was once a giant bird that brought their ancestors to the area. The Navajo call it Tse Bitai, or "rock with wings."
Shiprock is one of the most prominent landmarks in northwestern New Mexico. Some say it looks like a ship on a desert sea when viewed from a distance.
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