New Mexico’s Nature Reserves – The Pecos Wilderness

The Pecos Wilderness

Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil, an attorney practicing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, enjoys experiencing his state’s rich natural heritage. Geoffrey Scovil especially enjoys hiking in the Pecos Wilderness, a federally protected area.

The Pecos Wilderness is part of the Santa Fe National Forest, and crosses in the north into the Carson National Forest. The region is divided almost in half by the Pecos River, which is a popular fishing destination during the summer.

It also offers hikers an extensive trail system for short excursions and longer-term backpacking expeditions. During these trips, visitors can take in Pecos’ stunning mountain vistas and observe its wildlife, including deer and big-horn sheep.

Visitors can access the Pecos Wilderness via several campgrounds, such as Jack’s Creek, Iron Gate, and Panchuela. Many of the campgrounds are located close to the Pecos River.

The Pecos Wilderness’ history as a protected area began in the early 1890s, when it was established as the Pecos River Forest Reserve. In the early 20th century, the reserve was organized together with a neighboring protected area to become the Santa Fe National Forest

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Celebrates Five Years

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks

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.

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.

Top Attractions in Morocco

Meknes pic

Geoffrey (Geoff) Scovil has been practicing habeas corpus law through his solo practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for nearly two decades. In this capacity, his raises legal challenges to trial cases based on errors that violate his clients’ constitutional rights. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling away from Albuquerque to such destinations as Morocco.

Featuring everything from sunny coasts and relaxed countrysides to awe-inspiring mountains, Morocco is a popular tourist destination. Below are just a few of the country’s top attractions:

Meknes: one of Morocco’s four imperial cities, Meknes was a former capital of the country and it houses several major attractions of historical interest, including the Dar Jamai Museum and Bab Mansour. The city consists of a 9th-century medina nestled inside a 21st-century city and features numerous examples of Spanish-Moorish-style architecture.

Todra Gorge: found on the east side of the High Atlas Mountains, Todra Gorge is a breathtaking sight for many visitors. It was carved out of the mountains with the help of the Dades River and is perhaps most spectacular along its final 650 yards. This stretch of the gorge features smooth rock walls reaching up to 525 feet high and a flat track that shrinks down to just 33 feet wide.

Ouarzazate: serving as the shooting site of numerous Hollywood classics, Ouarzazate has hosted film crews from Cleopatra, Sahara, and Kingdom of Heaven over the years. Directors have been using the city and its surrounding desert for movies since the 1960s, and visitors can tour the locales and still-surviving sets from some of their favorite blockbusters.

Lesser-Known Attractions in Hong Kong

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Lantau Island

Attorney at law Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has a private law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When he’s not busy trying cases or writing petitions to the state supreme court, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling outside of Albuquerque. Over the years, he has visited such places as Hong Kong.

Featuring a unique blend of numerous cultures and influences, Hong Kong is home to an array of major and lesser-known attractions. Following are just a few of Hong Kong’s hidden tourist attractions:

Lantau Island – As Hong Kong’s largest island, Lantau Island provides visitors with a calming escape from the city. The island’s historic and natural heritage has been preserved over the years, and tourists can enjoy everything from clean beaches and countryside to small fishing villages. There are a few big attractions on the island, meaning the preserved natural and cultural areas are often overlooked.

Kowloon Walled City Park – Originally the home of 3.3 million people, Kowloon was built as a military base. It was later occupied by immigrants and eventually became a relatively lawless area filled with drugs, gangs, and unlicensed businesses in the 1950s and 1960s. Although much of the city was demolished, the remnants are open to the public.

Ping Shan Heritage Trail – Appropriate for tourists who love history, the Ping Shan Heritage Trail takes visitors to some of Hong Kong’s most interesting historic sites. Many of these sites are found in the New Territories and include everything from monuments and monasteries to temples and Hakka villages.

Remote Places to See in Hong Kong

Dragon’s Back pic
Dragon’s Back

As a proponent of constitutional rights, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is also committed to defending people who are indigent in criminal cases. An attorney at law since 1998, he is currently working as a solo practitioner in Albuquerque. When not focusing on his work, Geoffrey Scovil leaves Albuquerque for periods to travel to different parts of the world. One of the places he has visited is Hong Kong, China.

About 236 islands make up the archipelago of Hong Kong, a large number of which are local and tourist favorites. Some of these islands are iconic, while others are lesser known. The most popular tourist spots tend to become crowded, especially during the peak season, so tourists may want to consider the following remote yet striking spots in Hong Kong.

1. Dragon’s Back – Its ridge-top path, looking much like the spine of a dragon, is considered a stunning hiking trail in Shek O Country Park.

2. Sai Wan Swimming Shed – This last surviving swimming shed on the westernmost part of the island has become quite popular with Instagram users.

3. Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse – Built in 1875 on the southeastern tip of the island, the Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse is one of five surviving prewar lighthouses, and the oldest in Hong Kong.

The Best Time for Visiting San Francisco

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San Francisco

Geoffrey Scovil practices habeas corpus law in Albuquerque as a contractor for the New Mexico Public Defender Department and a solo practitioner at his legal office. Outside of work, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling outside of Albuquerque to such domestic and international locations as Hong Kong, Italy, and San Francisco.

Visiting San Francisco involves a number of considerations when trying to find the right balance between weather, costs, and crowds. Typically, the weather in the city ranges from the mid-50s to the low 70s throughout the year. Temperatures are warmest from August to November, and precipitation is high starting in November and continuing through March. However, the weather in San Francisco often changes suddenly.

In terms of crowds, summer is the peak tourist time in San Francisco. From June to August, the city is bustling with various street fairs and special events. Booking accommodations requires several weeks of advanced planning, and prices are at their highest. Between March and May, crowds are smaller. Temperatures are still in the mid-60s during these months, and hotel prices have not started rising. Winter brings similar respites when it comes to prices and crowds, but weather between December and February is coldest and characterized by near-constant fog.

Visiting between September and November is often the best option on all fronts. Hotel rates start dropping due to the decreasing crowds and weather is still warm. Many years, temperatures during these months are actually warmer than during summer. A variety of events continue during this time as well.