Nice views of Mount Morrison and the Red Rocks Amphitheater to the west and the Denver Basin to the east from the cache site.
Dinosaur Ridge (also called Dakota Ridge and the Dakota Hogback) is composed of Cretaceous-age Dakota Formation sandstones which are resistant to erosion and dip to the east, they overlie Jurassic-age Morrison Formation shales which also host nearby brontosaurus fossils. To the west is the Pennsylvanian-Permian-age Fountain Formation sandstones which form the Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Also here's a nice link (with correct geological ages and nice aerial photos) to the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge website: hyperlink: Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison, Colorado, … URL: http://www.dinoridge.org/
We hope you enjoy our Dinosaur Ridge geocache site; several goodies include a Mac/Windows Atlas CD; MP3 CD, stuffed animal, labyrinth/puzzle/, globe-paper-weight, AAA-metal flashlight, Phoenix knife, and a "How to Shit in the Woods" paperback book. Geocache Log Book and Log Camera are also included.
We look forward to hearing from all geocachers who find and log our Dinosaur Ridge Geocache Site.
Note: A National Geodetic Survey benchmark (e.g., PID# KK1850, a 3-inch bronze disk cemented to rock outcrop) labeled JCMD-001-1977 is within 100 feet SE of the Dinosaur Ridge Geocache Site. If you wish to check the accuracy of your GPS unit here are the NGS benchmark's WGS84 coordinates N39° 40.44201' W105° 11.55784', and the benchmark's elevation is 6226 feet or 1897.8 meters above Mean Sea Level. (Within 2 meters east of the benchmark are several fossilized tube-worm burrows.) See images below.
Finally here's a link to the PHOTO ALBUMS of geocachers who have taken pictures of themselves at the "Dino-Stash".
HONORS: A special thank you to all the geocachers, journalists, TV reporters, etc. who have written such nice reviews about our Dinosaur Ridge Colorado Geocache. We were informed during October-2001 that our geocache was determined to be the most popular geocache site on www.geocaching.com.
If you haven't logged it yet, please do so soon, as we plan to archive/retire the site on 31-Dec-2001, 1 year and 1 day after it was established. The site has earned a rest.
An informal archiving ceremony from noon-to-1pm, 31-Dec will be held near the site. All interested are invited; I'll have champagne for adults and root beer for the children, & you can autograph your picture in the Photo Album. Please RSVP to my Email address by 26-Dec, so I'll know how many champagne bottles/flutes to bring. Best Regards, T.