Birds-Eye View of Shiprock

This breathtaking image captured by New Mexico based photographer Derek Flodman is a MUST SEE. Continue reading to hear the story behind the image.


I remember the first time seeing this place. I drove 7 hours on a whim in hopes to catch Shiprock at sunset. I could see this monadnock jutting from the earth from MILES away. I was blasting music with the windows down, yelling and wooing as I got closer. New Mexico is so vast, and there are so many unique formations that bring so much joy to the heart and soul. It was at this moment that I realized I wanted to spend the rest of my life in the Land of Enchantment.

We posted this image to our Facebook, and this was some of your responses.


“I was nearly speechless the first time I saw Shiprock. It was just how Tony Hillerman described in his books. I had to see it in person based on his description alone.”


I flew a small plane from Durango to Flagstaff. There were clouds below. Sticking up through the clouds was Shiprock. The clouds were moving across the ground and Shiprock cut through the clouds like a Ship leaving a wake through the waves. It was a once in a life time thing as the area is seldom covered with low cloud.


First time I saw it was from 30,000 feet flying from Chicago to Los Angeles around 1980. I didn’t know what it was until the internet and I heard the name Shiprock. I looked it up and finally knew what it was that I had seen. I saw it in person in 2005.


“I am in love with Shiprock. I’ve visited twice. Last time was almost a year ago and we stayed past sunset. I am so drawn to this place, and when I’m in its presence, I don’t want to leave. I even have a tattoo of it! It has my heart for sure. ?

Rhonda Pate

I get to see it everyday from Farmington ?

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  1. Thanks for great information. What trips can you recommend in 2024? Astro tourism, eco diving, home swapping, train stations are the new food destinations,sports tourism, coolcationing, gig tripping, private group travel?

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