Photographer's Note

This incredible place is one of the most iconic in the world. It's located on the Arizona-Utah border, near the Four Corners area, within the territory of the Navajo Nation. The most famous aspect of this site is the plethora of sandstone buttes, the largest of which reaches about a thousand feet above the valley floor. It's a part of the Colorado Plateau formation, which is comprised of siltstone sand deposits rich in iron oxide, which explains the rich red color of the sand and stone. The buttes are stratified, comprised of three main layers. Erosion of the softer shale over a period of some 25 million years has left these buttes of vertically joined sandstone formations, comprised of rock in some cases more than 200 million years old. It is thought that these buttes were created by natural forces such as wind and water: because the cap rock is more resistant than the layers below, it remains, while the softer stone weathers away, leaving these tall towers jutting magically out of the landscape. A butte is just an eroded mesa, which can become extreme, leaving little more than spires, towers and pinnacles which become thin, almost needle-like structures.

It's nice that this road is fairly well maintained, but it's still just packed earth. If it starts raining, as it did on us, if only briefly, you will be washing red mud off your car for months!

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1146] (2026)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2018-05-00
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2020-09-27 13:44
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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1146] (2026)
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