El Capitan, also known as Agathla Peak is a sheer volcanic pinnacle, 1,500 feet in height, and an elevation of 6,890 feet. El Capitan is a landmark commanding a view of the entire Kayenta - Monument Valley region. Agathla is derived from the Navajo Indian word 'ag ha la' meaning 'much wool', apparently for the fur of antelope and deer accumulating on the rock. It is considered sacred by the Navajo. El Capitan is an eroded volcanic plug consisting of volcanic breccia cut by dikes of an unusual igneous rock called minette. It is one of many such volcanic diatremes that are found in Navajo country of northeast Arizona and northwest New Mexico. El Capitan and Shiprock in New Mexico are the most prominent. These rocks are part of the Navajo Volcanic Field, in the southern Colorado Plateau. Ages of these minettes and associated more unusual igneous rocks cluster near 25 million years.
The light was flat and overcast So I shot this image with Dave showing what photographers do "to get the shot". Watch out for the barbed wire!