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Rising at an elevation of 1,583 feet, Shiprock towers above the high desert plain on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.

The mountain plays an important role in the religion, mythology and tradition of the Navajo people. According to Navajo legend, Shiprock peak was the agent that led the Navajo people to the Southwest. According to one legend, the Navajos lived on the monolith until one day, the peak was struck by lightning, obliterating the trail and leaving only a sheer cliff, and stranding the women and children on top to starve.

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