For an entire day and night the bird flew south, finally settling at sundown where ‘Shiprock’ now stands.
According to geologists, the rock was formed 12 million years ago during the Pliocene. It’s the exposed throat or neck of a long-vanished volcano that erupted over 30 million years ago.
From ancient times to the more recent past, ‘Tse Bi dahi’ was a pilgrimage place of major importance. The rock was climbed in 1939. Since 1970, ‘Shiprock’ has been off limits to climbers. The peak and surrounding land are of great religious and historical significance to the Navajo people.
Climbing Shiprock has not been permitted officially since the early 1970s, though this may still be possible if permission is obtained.