Rock on the Side of the Road (Monument Valley)

The Monument Valley is not part of the National Park System. It is a part of Navajo Tribal Park and as a result, it is less developed and not as well maintained as most of National Parks.
I came across this rock on the side of the road while driving the dirt roads of Monument Valley 17 miles loop. When I tried to find any information about this beautiful rock and if there was an interesting story behind it, I could not find anything, not even a name.

If somebody knows more about this spot, please let me know.

Rock on the Side of the Road (Monument Valley) 1
Arizona. Monument Valley
Loc: 36.953205, -110.060534


It was a simple and uncomplicated shot. I used a tripod and took 3 bracketed shots.

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony-16-70
Focal Length: 24mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 100
Aperture: F10
Shutter Speed: 1/250s
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D


It was a single RAW file editing.

I used the Natural preset from my Landscape Collection first and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural (9, 13, 16, 32, 34)

Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning. I used the Stamp Tool to clean up foreground.

Photoshop Plugins: 

Rock on the Side of the Road (Monument Valley) 2
Rock on the Side of the Road (Monument Valley) 3
by Viktor Elizarov
I am a travel photographer and educator from Montreal, Canada, and a founder of PhotoTraces. I travel around the world and share my experiences here. Feel free to check my Travel Portfolio and download Free Lightroom Presets.

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