Three of the Top-Rated Trails in New Mexico’s Pecos Wilderness

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, attorney Geoffrey Scovil has more than two decades of legal experience. He runs a private practice, protecting clients’ constitutional rights and representing them in criminal defenses cases. Beyond his professional endeavors, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys hiking in many of the state’s outdoor areas. His favorite destination is the Pecos Wilderness, which offers numerous trails of varying levels of difficulty.

The following are some of the highest-rated ventures:

1. Lake Katherine Trail
Arguably the most popular trail in the Pecos Wilderness, it culminates in picturesque Lake Katherine and takes hikers deep into the midst of the Santa Fe National Forest. The trail is dog-friendly and widely used for backpacking, hiking, and horseback riding with peak visitation during the summer season. Although the route itself is only 1.3 miles long, getting there can prove difficult, as the trailhead begins at Windsor Trail #254, which is moderately challenging.

2. Stewart Lake Trail
The 10- to-13-mile Stewart Lake Trail provides some of the most breathtaking views of the New Mexico mountain wilderness, encompassing over 200,000 acres of wildflower meadows, high peaks, and alpine lakes. Visitors can also expect to catch a glimpse of the area’s abundant wildlife. Appropriate for novice and veteran hikers, the route permits leashed dogs and is best traversed in the summer through early fall.

3. Cave Creek Trail
Cave Creek Trail is a roughly 6-mile trek that begins at the Panchuela Campground for hikers and the Cowles Trailhead for horseback riders. Rated as an easy-to-moderate hike, it features streams, wildflowers, and views of 13,000-foot glacier-sculpted mountain peaks. Dogs are welcome on leash, and the trail is open from late May to early November.

NMWA Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Campaign

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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

An attorney in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. An active member of the larger Albuquerque community, Geoffrey Scovil has supported nonprofit groups and associations such as the New Mexico Wilderness Association (NMWA).

Founded in 1997, NMWA is a grassroots nonprofit organization that brings together an alliance of diverse stakeholders to protect and restore New Mexico’s unique ecosystem and wilderness areas. Over the years, NMWA has been successful in obtaining federal protection for key regions of the New Mexico’s endangered landscape, including the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region.

Located in Doña Ana County in New Mexico, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region is highlighted by a number of mountain ranges surrounding the Mesilla Valley. The most iconic of these, the Organ Mountains, serves as a popular recreational area for New Mexicans and tourists as well as a critical habitat for numerous native species. In addition to the Organ Mountains, other ranges include the Potrillo, Robledo, and Sierra de Las Uvas Mountains.

Though conservation efforts in the region began in the early 1970s, NMWA got heavily involved in protecting the area in 2006 when it formed a community coalition to fight for federal protection. After seven more years of activism, New Mexico’s US Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced a bill in 2013 that would provide federal protection for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area. One year later, President Barack Obama designated the region as the Organ Monuments-Desert Peaks National Monument.

Indians Trade Slugger Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle Mariners

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Edwin Encarnacion

Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is an experienced Albuquerque, New Mexico attorney who specializes in criminal defense and habeas corpus law and has handled cases ranging from minor misdemeanor charges to conspiracy and murder. Beyond his professional pursuits, Geoffrey Scovil of Albuquerque is a passionate sports fan who counts the Cleveland Indians as his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

On the heels of winning its third consecutive American League Central Division title, the Indians opted to shake things up by bringing in a familiar face. The team dealt veteran first baseman and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to the Seattle Mariners this past December in a three-team trade that also involved the Tampa Bay Rays. In return, the Indians received 32-year-old Carlos Santana, who spent the first eight years of his career in Cleveland. The Indians also received Jake Bauers from the Rays, while Tampa Bay received infielder Yandy Diaz and right-handed pitching prospect Cole Sulser.

A three-time All-Star, Encarnacion recorded 70 home runs and 214 runs batted in (RBI) through two seasons with the Indians. The 14-year veteran now has 380 career home runs and 1,156 RBI. Santana, meanwhile, played only one season with the Philadelphia Phillies after signing a three-year, $60 million contract with the team prior to last season. He managed a relatively productive 24 home runs and 86 RBI, but was dealt to the Mariners 10 days before being flipped back to the Indians.

The Work of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

An attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil has operated his own practice for more than two decades. Outside of his work, Geoffrey (Geoff) Scovil has supported a range of nonprofit organizations that protect wilderness areas around Albuquerque and elsewhere in New Mexico.

One of his favorite organizations is New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (“NMWA”). NMWA has fought to protect and restore New Mexico’s wilderness areas for more than twenty years. The organization brings together a group of diverse stakeholders, such as ranchers, tribal groups, scientists, teachers, and community leaders, who work to protect the state’s natural resources through education, government advocacy, and volunteer projects. Over the years, NMWA efforts have led to federal protection of multiple endangered regions of New Mexico, including the Rio Grande del Norte.

Located near the New Mexico-Colorado border, the Rio Grande del Norte comprises geologic features such as cliffs, gorges, and sagebrush mesas that provide homes to a diverse array of wildlife, including eagles, pronghorn, and elk. Beginning in 2007, NWMA and other local activists began a campaign to protect the Rio Grande del Norte that included lobbying in state and federal government offices, generating support in the press, and obtaining cooperation from local businesses.

In 2013, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that made the area a federally protected national monument. Today, the area attracts campers, rafters, and birdwatchers, thanks in part to the efforts of the NMWA to obtain federal protection for the region.

Browns Trade Running Back Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville

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Carlos Hyde

With more than two decades of experience practicing criminal law, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has turned his focus to post conviction cases. He investigates cases after a defendant has been found guilty and often after sentencing. Where citizens have been wrongfully convicted or illegally sentenced, he files habeas corpus challenges on their behalves. He is formerly a contractor for the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department. Although Albuquerque, New Mexico is his home, Geoffrey Scovil grew up and will always be a fan of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).

On October 19, the Browns traded running back Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. From Jacksonville’s perspective, acquiring Hyde gives the team short-term depth while star running back Leonard Fournette continues to nurse a hamstring injury. Despite the fact that Hyde was the Browns’ leading rusher, the team felt it was necessary to trade him to make room for 2018 second-round pick Nick Chubb, who accumulated 173 yards and two touchdowns on only 16 carries this season.

Through the first six games of the season, Chubb’s average of 10.8 yards per carry far exceeded that of Hyde’s 3.4. Chubb recorded most of those yards on three carries for a combined 105 yards during Cleveland’s Week 4 game against the Oakland Raiders. The Browns now have eight picks in the first five rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Browns Win First Game in More than 600 Days


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Drawing upon more than 20 years of experience, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based attorney who is regarded as a leading habeas corpus practitioner. Prior to moving to Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil earned a juris doctor from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, near where his parents and ancestors were raised. He is an avid fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) Cleveland Browns.

The Browns have been among the worst teams in the NFL in recent history, but took a step in the right direction in Week 3 of the 2018 season against the New York Jets. Trailing by 14 points late in the second quarter, the Browns’ offense took the field with Baker Mayfield at quarterback in place of Tyrod Taylor, who suffered a concussion. Mayfield, the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, led the Browns to its first win in 635 days. He led a successful two-minute drill in his first series that resulted in a Browns field goal to bring the score to 14-3 at halftime. Cleveland ended up winning the game 21-17.

Prior to leaving the game, Taylor registered only 19 yards passing. Mayfield, meanwhile, completed 17 of 23 pass attempts for 201 yards. In doing so, he became the first quarterback to make his NFL debut mid-game, throw for more than 200 yards, and lead his team to a win since Fran Tarkenton did so with the Minnesota Vikings back in 1961.

The Training Program of Emerge New Mexico

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Emerge New Mexico

An attorney who operates his own law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey (Geoff) Scovil concentrates on habeas corpus law and general criminal defense. Along with his wife, Geoffrey Scovil supports multiple progressive nonprofit organizations including Emerge New Mexico.

Founded on the belief that New Mexico has simply not elected enough female candidates to public office, Emerge New Mexico seeks to increase the number of Democratic women in government and the number of quality government policies that are responsive to all Americans. Over the past 13 years, Emerge has expanded into 22 states and supported more than 2,500 potential leaders.

Emerge trains women of all ages for success in the public sphere. The organization also stresses the importance of diversity. In fact, more than 50 percent of Emerge graduates are women of color. By elucidating the campaigning and election processes and providing essential resources to motivated women, the organization has an overall public office win rate of over 70 percent.