Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Celebrates Five Years

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks
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A respected lawyer in Albuquerque, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil provides legal defense in the areas of criminal law and habeas corpus / constitutional rights. Albuquerque attorney Geoffrey Scovil supports organizations that seeks to protect New Mexico’s ecologically valuable wildlands.

One of the landmark achievements of the past decade has been grassroots efforts that led to President Barack Obama creating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks (OMDP) National Monument in 2014.

Encompassing public lands spanning a half million acres east of Las Cruces, the monument has witnessed a significant increase in visitors since it received national designation. With 177,400 visitors in the year prior to the monument’s establishment, OMDP received 415,690 visitors in 2018.

One welcome addition for those wishing to explore the area is Monumental Loop, a trail in the shape of a figure eight that provides hikers and cyclists with a sense of the monument’s breadth and scope. Other popular OMDP destinations include hot spring areas such as Aguirre Spring and Dripping Springs, each of which provides an easy entry point to the area’s abundant natural beauty.

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