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Red Rocks & Hot Air Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 12/04/2005
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

I believe this is the first cache to be planted directly from a Hot Air Balloon.

This cache was hidden during the 25th Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally in Gallup, NM. The rally is held the first weekend in December each year. This is the second largest annual balloon rally in the world with over 200 balloons participating. This is a unique area for balloon flights with the great scenery and variable wind currents that can take the balloon up and down the canyons and over the red rock cliffs.

We carried the cache container (a 50 cal ammo box) with us on our flight and landed on top of a rock "finger". We then dropped the cache off and flew away. After "playing' among the rocks for another hour, we landed, packed up the balloon and then hiked back to the hiding place. We wanted to assure that it could be accessed by foot and to set the difficulty rating.

The route we used was to start north up the Church Rock trail and just south of the first rock cairn, head west across the arroyo and up the slope. There is a well defined trail up to the top and back south.

The cache is fairly close to the trail. Please replace and hide it as well or better than you found it.

Caution, the trail follows a narrow ridge that can be slick and unstable. I have seen children and dogs up there but please use caution.

Red Rocks State Park is open year round and has camping sites for tents, trailers, campers and RVs.

Trade equal, trade up, or just sign the log. And always CITO. This is beautiful area with breathtaking views. Take only pictures, Leave only footprints. If you visit here during the Red Rock Balloon Festival please look me up. I will most likely be there somewhere. Email me through Geocaching or just ask the other balloonist where Don Boyer is.

Up close and personal to a BIG ROCK!


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