Shiprock is the largest Navajo community on the Navajo Nation and is located in the Northwest section of New Mexico commonly referred to as the Four Corners region of America; where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet. More than 97% of the population of Shiprock is AI/AN.
Shiprock Peak is the remains of a dormant 40 million year old volcanic pinnacle. The peak is a sacred place to the Navajo, who know it as Tsé Bit' A'í, 'the rock with wings'. A legend tells of a time when the mountain moved like a bird, transporting the Navajo away from a distant land where they were under attack, to their present home in this part of the Southwest. The peak’s elevation is 7,178 feet above sea level.
Recreation opportunities exist such as fishing, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and alpine skiing. Telluride, Durango, Canyonlands, Grand Gulch, the Colorado River, the San Juan River, several large lakes, and the Colorado Wilderness areas are just short drives away.