Hermit's Peak near Las Vegas, NM. Once known as Tecalote Peak or Solitario. It is around its foothills that I set the fictional town of Celestial in my book "Into the Shadowlands." I can see this peak clearly from Shadowlands Ranch... it is stunning and very distinctive. Once refuge to an Italian hermit back in the mid-1800s, that is how it became known as Hermit's Peak.
If all goes to plan with my Santa Fe Trail ride this fall I will be visiting key places from my book "Into the Shadowlands" in order to help promote it and bring it to life for any Shadowlands followers. Since most of the wagon ruts of the trail are now on private land, it will be impossible to just follow the ruts and so I will have to make do with mostly riding along highways, zig-zagging my way to places I feature in both Shadowlands and its sequel (which is in the works) "Whispers across the Plane." (Yes, the spelling of plane is deliberate!)