Beautiful Mountain

Beautiful Mountain (Navajo: Dziłkʼi Hózhóonii) is part of the Chuska Mountains and its summit is the highest point in San Juan County, New Mexico. The mountain is about 26 miles (42 km) southwest of the community of Shiprock in the Four Corners region. It is on the Navajo Nation and plays a significant role in Navajo mythology.

Beautiful Mountain
Beautiful Mountain
Highest point
Elevation9,392 ft (2,863 m)[1]
Prominence1,508 ft (460 m)[1]
ListingSan Juan County high point
Coordinates36°29′20″N 108°59′21″W[2]
LocationSan Juan County, New Mexico, U.S.
Topo mapUSGS Sanostee West


Navajo legend includes "Beautiful Mountain" as the feet of a large mythic male figure, with the Chuska Mountains comprising the body, Chuska Peak as the head and the Carrizo Mountains as the legs. Shiprock is said to be either a medicine pouch or a bow carried by the figure.[3]


  1. "Beautiful Mountain, New Mexico". Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  2. "Beautiful Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  3. Linford, Laurance D. (2000). "Navajo Places: History, Legend, Landscape". Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. pp. 264–265. ISBN 0-87480-623-2. Missing or empty |url= (help)
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