Sunset, Shiprock, New Mexico. Shiprock, known in the Diné (Navajo) language as "Tsé Bit'a'í" (Rock With Wings) is the plug, or the solidified lava core, of a 40 million year old volcano. In the late 1800's white settlers believed the rock shape resembled a 19th century Clipper ship, and gave the peak it's english name.
Although the peak has been climbed in decades past, it is now illegal to climb as it is a sacred place to the Diné. From what I've read, their legend states that long ago, the Gods created Tsé Bit'a'í as a sanctuary for the Diné to live upon and protect them from their enemies.
After living on the peak for many years, a storm occurred while the men were tending crops in the fields below. Lightning struck and seared off the path that lead from the base to the top of the mountain, and being unable to escape, the women, children and old men stranded at the top starved to death over time. Because their remains were never removed according to this legend, it is considered sacrilegious to climb the mountain.
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