Mount Taylor

If you find yourself wanting to go on an epic adventure in New Mexico, you may want to point your wagon towards Mount Taylor in Cibola County, not far off of Route 66 and visible at many points throughout Northwestern New Mexico.

Mount Taylor is said to be the head of a giant killed by the Twin War Gods, according to old Navajo lore. The lava that flows through the mountain is of course the giant’s blood. The mountain also holds special significance for the Acoma, Laguna and Zuni Nations.

The wild life here is incredible. Expect to see mountain lions, great blue herons, elk, and black bears among many other animals. Bring your camera, because you’re going to need it.

If you’re the athletic type, then you may want to consider the Mount Taylor Quadrathalon. Running, skiing, bicycling, and snowshoeing are all a part of this intense challenge. Don’t expect to make the run on your first try without some serious training under your belt.

Beyond the athletic events, the mountain also offers plenty of paths for hiking, biking, backpacking, or just taking an easy afternoon stroll and spotting some rare wildlife. Stick around until the evening if you like the sound of clear desert skies for some breathtaking stargazing.

It looks like the mountain will remain a pristine source of adventure into the future as it will be a protected site. It has been a popular place for uranium mining in the past, but it looks like its days as a profit point are over.

At its highest, the mountain may have been anywhere from 15,000 to 25,000 feet tall. No wonder they thought it was a giant’s head.

If you’re looking for a week long adventure or a quiet evening in the forest, Mount Taylor is one of the most beautiful attractions in New Mexico. Need a new rig to go explore Mount Taylor? Come see us at Leisure Time RV to explore our inventory of new and used RVs!

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