Agathla Peak is a peak south of Monument Valley, Arizona, which rises over 1500 feet above the surrounding terrain. It is 7 miles north of Kayenta and is visible from U.S. Route 163. The English designation Agathla is derived from the Navajo name aghaałą́ meaning ‘much wool’, apparently for the fur of antelope and deer accumulating on the rock. The mountain is considered sacred by the Navajo, and is part of the Navajo Volcanic Field in the southern Colorado Plateau. Agathla Peak is an eroded volcanic plug consisting of an usual igneous rock called minette aging approximately 25 million years.
Stephen Masker is a commercial photographer based in Dallas, Texas. He received dual B.A. degrees from the University of North Texas where he studied photojournalism and political science before starting a career as a freelance photojournalist in 2008. After several years of editorial freelancing across Texas, he returned to Dallas where he established his own photography business in early 2012. In addition to editorial assignments with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Tyler Morning Telegraph, and The Dallas Observer, Stephen also trained under UNT alum and staff Getty Images photographer Chip Somodevilla based in Washington, D.C. and assisted staff National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita as a photo editor where he processed, archived, and prepared work for publication in National Geographic magazine. Mr. Masker currently resides in the North Texas area and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.