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Agathla Peak

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Agathla Peak (, ) is a peak south of Monument Valley, Arizona, which rises over 1500 feet (457 meters) above the surrounding terrain. It is north of Kayenta and is visible from U.S. Route 163. The English designation Agathla is derived from the Navajo name ' meaning 'much wool', apparently for the fur of antelope and deer accumulating on the rock. The mountain is considered sacred by the Navajo. Agathla Peak 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. Agathla Peak 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 Navajo Volcanic Field with Aglatha Peak Aerial view of Agathla peak with the road to Monument Valley (163) in the foreground

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mzjenn84

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May 28, 2021
Rated 3.0

5/26/21 We missed the turn (the turn looks like a persons driveway not a site to visit), so we didn't get close but you don't have to pull over to see it. It stands out plenty. Grabbed some pictures as we drove by.

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StephanieIEng

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April 23, 2021

Worth the stop for a few pics if you’re in that area anyways! It’s hard to miss — definitely a lot bigger in person than you’d think. :)

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Agathla Peak

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