In New Mexico, United States
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A virtual cache on a National Park Service Recreation Area near Carlsbad Caverns.
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"Fire Information" at: SW Wildfire Management
NOTICE TO "ARMCHAIR" CACHERS - DO NOT CLAIM THIS CACHE UNLESS YOU PHYSICALLY VISITED THE SPOT AND FOUND THE ANSWER TO THE CLAIM QUESTION! SUSPICIOUS LOGS ARE RESEARCHED AND WILL BE DELETED IF IT APPEARS TO NOT INVOLVE A PHYSICAL VISIT.
01-26-2012 UPDATE: The NPS removed the device that had the answer to the old claim question. Made a run over today and got a new claim question/answer. If you got the answer to the original but didn't post until after the change, email me and we'll see about a claimed find. KK
In the desert, water is precious. Plants, animals and humans all are drawn to water. As you drive down US 62 south of Carlsbad, NM, most of what you see is the open plains of the Chihuahuan desert and the Guadalupe mountains. Occasionally, water flowing down from the mountains through the porous limestone rocks bubbles to the surface in springs. This is one of those places.
Hidden away in a valley at the base of the mountains and out of view of the highway traffic, the springs create a beautiful microclime of cottonwood trees and marshlands. This is an ideal birding area where everything passing through the area seems to stop for a cool drink.
The National Park Service maintains this area as a remote site of Carlsbad Caverns. It is accessible by paved road and does not require an entry fee. There are a number of picnic spots beneath majestic Cottonwoods.
If you want a fairly easy virtual cache and a wonderful place to have a nice quiet lunch, this is your spot. We were there on the Saturday after the 4th of July and the only other folks there were an NPS lady doing a bird survey, a very nice and helpful NPS Park Ranger and a flock of wild turkeys passing by.
To claim this cache, you must email us the answer to the following question BEFORE you post you claim log. Any claims not preceded by the right answer will be deleted. Do not post you answer on this page!!!
Claim Question: Stand at the coordinates given (stay dry) and and locate something that lists a number of local residents. Reading east to west (generally) what is the name of the second resident?
Please note: If we answer your claim email and receive a automated return requiring verification of our email address, we do not respond to those as a matter of course. Some of those services are nothing but address harvesters and we choose not reply to them.
Enjoy your visit!!!
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- Team ZiaCache at the cacheKeath, Josh, Jake and Ed of ZiaCache. If you stand right there, you can find the answer to the cache question.
Last Updated: on 5/6/2017 2:56:32 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:56 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum