The town is named after the Shiprock rock formation located to the southwest of the town.
- The runs west towards Kayenta, Arizona (via the ) and east to Farmington.
- The runs south to Gallup and northwest towards Cortez, Colorado and Moab, Utah (the latter city via the and Monticello).
|Cities|| Alamogordo - Albuquerque - Artesia - Carlsbad - Clovis - Farmington - Gallup - Hobbs - Las Cruces - Raton - Roswell - Santa Fe - Socorro - Tucumcari
Scenery Towns: Bloomfield - Carrizozo - Corona - Cuba - Deming - Eagle Nest - Elida - Fort Sumner - High Rolls - Lordsburg - Newcomb - Omega - Pastura - Quemado - Santa Rosa - Shiprock - Tierra Amarilla - Vaughn - Yeso
|Highways|| Interstate 10 - Interstate 25 - Interstate 40|
US 54 - US 60 - US 62 - US 64 - US 70 - US 82 - US 84 - US 180 - US 285 - US 380 - US 491 - US 550
NM 529 - NM 599