The Valley of the Gods is often called mini Monument Valley. But I find it to be a much friendlier photography destination.
First of all, there are no tribal restrictions in the Valley of the Gods and you are free to explore it any way you want. Second, it is located on a public land, and it means you can choose the most scenic location and camp there, without any permits or fees. And finally, there is no crowds and no tourist buses. It is always empty.
And since it is only 50km from the Monument Valley you still can see the famous buttes and mesas in the distance.
It was difficult to take a wide shot of the valley from the side of the road. I had to climb to a small hill and set up my tripod on top. The views in every direction were absolutely breathtaking.
First, I used the Crop Overlay tool to improve the composition, making it a bit tighter but without changing the aspect ratio.
The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (9, 13, 16, 32)
Total Time: 10min