I'll be in New Mexico next month to photograph Ship Rock among other things. Th e topographic maps show a number of dirt roads in the vicinity of the peak. I'm particularly interested in the one that goes west around the east-west dike, an d the one that heads roughly north on the east side of the mountain.
What is the condition of these roads - is a 4x4 required or is a normal 2-wheel drive vehicle adequate? I realize that all bets may be off in the event of rain . I'm talking about normal, dry conditions.
This land is part of the Navajo reservation, and the mountain itself is sacred t o the Navajo people. Is it legal and acceptable to the local people to approach the mountain on these roads, or is a Navajo guide required? I don't intend to climb on the mountain.
Is camping allowed in this area along these or other dirt roads?
Thanks for your help.