Descending 5,000 Feet off Mount Taylor in Grants, New Mexico

As I pored over topo maps of New Mexico, a large, mysterious mass called Mount Taylor seemed to randomly rise from the surrounding desert. Mount Taylor, at 11,301 feet above sea level, rises 5,000 feet above the nearby town of Grants, and the surrounding wilderness is intersected by the Continental Divide Trail (CDT.) Naturally, this made the spot seem …