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Author: Aarky
Date: 21 May 2005 3:48:20 AM
Activity: Not Specified
State: New Mexico (NM)
Distance: Unknown  (Change units)
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Jemez Springs, New Mexico
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Anasazi Hotel and Spa by darkstar52

Location: 35.821330, -106.629120
Another cache near the McCauley Warm Springs. As you walk around the area between the trail and the cache take a good look at the rocks around here. They didn’t get piled up like this by accident. Even the ancient ones knew a good place with a dependable water source. They even had enough sense (unlike some of today’s campers) to put their living quarters away from the water. Bring your swimsuit and towel and enjoy a soak before returning to either Jemez Falls or Battleship Rock. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=11508a51-4c86-4fa7-b2da-9ffe446e6583

B,C,G,L by Lana & Chase

Location: 35.871330, -106.669000
From the intersection of NM4 and NM126 head North towards Fenton Lake. At the intersection of Forrest Road 376 and NM126 turn left. Go about a mile or so where you will park next to a big tree leaning on a large rock. Go up the hill about 200' and between two large rocks a tree has fallen on them. Under the tree you will find a 1 gallon pickle jar with some old bullets, bracelets, socks, a screw, fly fishing leader. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=f3d28ec2-3a8d-43c8-aa49-bb1d4650bff7

Bales Canyon Cache by The Bice Brothers

Location: 35.826220, -106.816620
A short hike to a tupperware container, in the Santa Fe National Forest north of Jemez Pueblo. Cache elev. 8150 ft. Warning, this cache is located in a spot considered by some geo-cachers to be dangerous for small children. Please do not visit this cache if there are small children in your group. For all others, enjoy the hike and the views. Watch your footing as you approach the cache coordinates. Take Hwy. 550 to Hwy. 4 in San Ysidro. Go north to Hwy. 485 which becomes F.R. 376. Go through the tunnels & on up the gravel road. Just before the bridge crossing the Guadalupe River, F.R. 534 goes west. But first, visit PB&J Cache, located nearby! Then take 534 just over a mile. After crossing a creekbed, turn right on an unnamed road. The parking spot is just up the road at N 35 49.716 W 106 49.301 (continue up this same road to McMillan Canyon Cache). The hike to the cache is less than ½ mile, with about 200 feet of elevation gain. Original Contents: dinosaur, band-aids, domino game, safety pins,

Crossroads by Dragon Boy

Location: 35.834750, -106.679730
Easy cache using a flat cake tin, hidden in the Jemez Forest. I hid this while preparing for a 4x4 trip and campout with my Dad, that will take place on June 12th. Come on and hunt the cache, or show up between June 12 - 14th and maybe you'll meet my Mom & Dad, Captain Swoop & Pinkadelic. I will be away visiting relatives until August though, so you'll have to catch me some other time. This geocache is located near the crossing of 4 forest roads that all go past or to interesting places. 2 trails will bring you down to the cache from Holiday Mesa, past pretty meadows and cool rock formations. One road will take you up onto a narrow mesa that overlooks the Jemez River valley. And one road will take you to an abandoned logging camp. As you take one road down to the cache from Holiday Mesa (FR607), you'll pass a meadow where my parents will be camping in the middle of June with several friends to show them the 4x4 trails in this area and around Paliza Canyon. All of the roads in this area are a little rough,

Dark Side O' The Moon (new coords) by Captain Swoop

Location: 35.865330, -106.718030
From NM Hwy 4 and NM Hwy 485 intersection (near Jemez Springs) take NM485 until it becomes Forest Road 376 and continue on FR376 to bridge over creek at Porter's Landing. from Porter's Landing, follow FR376 NorthEast for approx 6mi, park at N35 51.870 W106 43.079, go uphill approx 200' to search for cache. This was cache #3 (of 4) planted this day by Cap'n Swoop, 1st Mate "Pink" (who has been known to friends by that nickname since way before the pop singer), and crewmates Alex and Stacy. See our website of http://www.pinkadelic.net/geo for details on all 4 caches together, plus hint pictures. Please use this if you have problems, as this cache involves a steep climb and is not easily spotted, judging from reports. Had a difficult time aquiring satellites at cache location, position data is cross between best average and topo map contour data. Original coords I took seem to have been off despite this, so coordinates now reflect those found by dplugge -thanx,dave-, until I can get an exact fix that's any

El Conquistador by helodriver

Location: 35.778500, -106.683430
I was hiking recently by an ancient ruin in the Jemez Mtns. and found a leather book with parchment pages, apparently from 1540! The pages tell an incredible tale, which I post. Sorry for the length, but to leave out detail would be wrong! For the readers of the tale adventure awaits. He who wrote this had his share of trials and tribulations, may those who follow him have better luck! The text is posted as I found it with no changes, save for notes where it becomes illegible. To follow this, some homework is required, finding the treasure of the conquistador is sure to be a mental as well as physical challenge. The coordinates posted at the top of the cache page are where the book was located under some rocks, and are not linked to the story, but are posted to give the geocacher an idea of where this story takes place. The Expedition Log of Don Diego Hildalgo Cruz October 2 1539, Today I depart aboard the Nuestra de Moriella from Seville for the New World, where I know I am to find my fortune. I have

Guadalupe Box Overlook by mouser

Location: 35.735880, -106.763250
Located on the rocks above the Gillman Tunnels along the road less traveled. Hwy 44 to San Ysidro (infamous speed trap) north on 4 past Jemez Pueblo. Turn west onto Hwy 485 (N35° 40.089; W106° 44.580). Park off the road at N35° 43.843; W106° 45.554. To the west is the Guadalupe Box and the Gilman tunnels. Look to the North and East and you will see a road going up along the East side of the river. Cross over the Guadalupe river and follow what is left of this old logging road. This is definitely a road less traveled, you will not meet any vehicles or people on this bypass around the Guadalupe Box. After a few washouts you will get up to the ridge above the box, turn right at the power line pole. Follow the road and the ridge out to the cache. Look for gypsum crystals in the badlands. After visiting the cache go back to the power pole. You may not wish to go down the "road" you came up. Relax, there is an easier way. Go north along the road and you will bypass the tunnels. After a short while you get back to t

HEAR THE WIND BLOW! by TEAM PINZGAUER

Location: 35.773680, -106.715300
Solitude! Rest on the many nature made benches and "HEAR THE WIND BLOW!" Diffuculty ratings are for a 4WD required, and consideration of rain or snow. You will have to hike in a short distance after the 4WD is parked at the hint location. The parking location is also a clue to the cache location, as is the short description. The coordinates are accurate to 27'. If stumped stop and rest, and hear the wind blow. Very peaceful here, but 80-100 years ago alive with activitity. Hiking in a circle, along the trail will get you to another spot similar to the parking spot. Please remember this is local history here, so leave no trash, and tread lightly. Caution should be exercised as well, because of cliffs in the area, but what a view! This is TEAM PINZGAUER's first hidden cache, and it has some signature items in it, as well as other goodies, that young and old will like. Small ammo can. In the Sante Fe National Forest, FR376 to FR604 then FR607, will help you reach the parking spot. And last but not least there

Igloo by GhostPirateS accompanied by GOnTO

Location: 35.722720, -106.726550
This is a no trail hike to a 7100 ft mesa from the Jemez valley ending with fantastic views of the area. Start at the northern end of Vista Linda campground and follow the coordinates listed for cache. Bring plenty of water and plan on spending some extra time exploring the top of the mesa. This cache is located in the Santa Fe National Forest south of Jemez Springs. It is a steep climb (rising nearly 1400 ft in about .66 mi) and will take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours at a good pace. A good starting place is Vista Linda campground which is about 4 mi north of Hwy 485 on Hwy 4. If you don't want to pay the day use fee, there is plenty of parking along Hwy 4 in the general area. Be careful, Hwy 4 is a very busy road with plenty of speeders. You will also have to cross the Jemez river (which has no bridge nearby or rocks to hop your way across) prior to commencing your hike. If you can't find a way to cross the stream, there is a bent tree bridge at N 35 42.664 and W 106 43.434 which is easy to walk across,

Jabberwocky by Pinkadelic

Location: 35.754500, -106.788430
From the intersection of Highways NM4 and NM485 near Jemez Springs, take NM485 until it turns into Forest Road 376. Follow 376 past the Gilman Tunnels for approx 2 miles. Turn right or park near 4x4 road going down the slope to the north. This was cache #2 (of 4) planted this day by me - "Pink" -(I've has been known to my friends by that nickname since waaaaaaaaaaay before the pop singer), my hubby (Cap'n Swoop) and kids Alex and Stacy. See our website of http://www.pinkadelic.net/geo for details on all 4 caches together, plus hint pictures. Website should be up after Aug 11, 2002 The cache is in a plastic peanutbutter jar and labeled with the cache name on it. Original Contents of Pink's Jabberwocky cache are: a squirting monkey (a rude squirt, to be more exact) 2 AA batteries for the hungry GPS units a tiny gold unicorn (my personal mascot) antique brass lock (small, no key) 2 silver fairies "Is there anybody out there?" button small deck of playing cards 1 hair band (scrunchy type) This cache also

Jemez Valley Overlook by Captain Swoop and the AWX Gang

Location: 35.813900, -106.698820
Located in a plastic jar, atop the cliffs overlooking the Jemez River Valley. Cachers with children along please note there are drops over 200 ft along some sections of this cliff, please hold onto your kids. The cache is located a few yards away from the cliffside so there is no actual danger in hunting the cache, but a wandering tot (or pet for that matter) could become a statistic if you don't watch them carefully. The cache is pretty easy to locate, once you get to the top! It is located at one of the best overlook spots along the cliff on Virgin Mesa, to the west of Jemez Springs. You can see virtually the entire valley from this spot, as well as spectacular views of the tent rocks formations along the cliffs from this spot, one of the few not blocked by lots of trees (bring your camera!). The roads to this spot will take you thru the area burned in last summer's Virgin Mesa fire. A 4x4 is recommended for these trails, but a 2WD pickup or similar clearanced vehicle will do ok too. Take Forest Roads 376

Logging Camp Cache by TroutScouts

Location: 35.800300, -106.765000
Deep in the Jemez Mountains past a long forgotten logging camp is where you’ll find this one. Begin your trek by turning south on FR376 from Hwy 126. You’ll need a 4WD if the weather is bad, but a pickup could make it in good weather. You can drive most of the way, but when you reach the berm just past the logging camp, you’ll have to go the rest of the way on foot. It’s about .27 mile walk. Watch for the ancient tree roots with fingers pointing the way to the cache when you get close. Original contents of this cache are: football dart, army men, chapstick, Vienna sausages, flute, silly straws, calculator, shoelaces, hair scrunchie, child ID kit, sidewalk chalk http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=7616bb58-16a6-4b51-87af-de1f83490de8

McMillan Canyon Cache by The Bice Brothers

Location: 35.841570, -106.816870
A short hike to a tupperware container, in the Santa Fe National Forest north of Jemez Pueblo. Cache elev. 8160 ft. Take Hwy. 550 to Hwy. 4 in San Ysidro. Go north to Hwy. 485 which becomes F.R. 376. Go through the tunnels & on up the gravel road. Just before the bridge crossing the Guadalupe River, F.R. 534 goes west. But first, visit PB&J Cache, located nearby! Then take 534 just over a mile. After crossing a creekbed, turn right on an unnamed road. Go just over 1 mi. (past the parking spot for Bales Canyon Cache, be sure to stop!) to N35 50.326 W106 49.358, a large clearing and a good place to park. Most vehicles should be able to make it this far, and a 4WD/high clearance vehicle can get even closer. Take the left fork and go north on the same road, slightly past the cache, then cut back southeast to avoid a small canyon. Go up the hill and look for the clearing. After signing the log, hike east a short distance to a ridge with some nice views of Redondo Peak and the Jemez Mountains. Original content

PB&J by Phyl & Mike

Location: 35.816900, -106.786030
Nice Picnic/Fishing Spot on the Guadalupe River in the Jemez. Can drive all the way, short walk from the parking area. Great for kids. Travel about 12 miles up Forest Rd. 376 (via 485) from St. Road 4 North of Jemez Pueblo. Cache is in a Peanut Butter Jar with a red lid. Original contents were a Backpacker's First Aid Kit and a bottle of Body Shampoo. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=198e5138-e907-49be-92bf-e944cd6a52a8

San Miguel Vista by TroutScouts

Location: 35.865800, -106.865500
Multiple rewards for finding this one! This cache is in a clear plastic jug with a screw top lid. The original contents are a photo snow globe, silly straws, hair scrunchie, army men, flute, mini chip clip, and Karma Chamelion, the blue lizard of happiness travel bug. We originally chose this location for its scenic value. The view is really quite beautiful from here. Read on to see what else can be found here. In addition to this cache, you can also find an unlisted cache at this location. We happened on it quite by accident. It is in a pint size mason jar and contains only a pencil and paper with a handful of names and dates on it. According to the paper inside, it was placed in this location in May of 2000. Apparently one of the very first geocaches placed. Also in this same area, are two benchmarks from 1958. And, if you’re a rock hound, you’ll find some excellent good sized specimens here of several different kinds of beautiful rocks. Also, on your way here, you’ll drive right past the Thun

Thunderstruck! by Captain Swoop

Location: 35.850770, -106.857330
From the intersection of Highways NM4 and NM485 near Jemez Springs, take NM485 until it turns into Forest Road 376. Follow FR376 to FR534, turn west (left) onto FR534. Approx. 6.6 miles along NM 534 (it will be going north at this point), turn west (left) onto road going up meadow, follow for approx .2 miles This was cache #4 (of 4) planted this day by Cap'n Swoop, 1st Mate "Pink" (who has been known to friends by that nickname since way before the pop singer), and crewmates Alex and Stacy. See our website of http://www.pinkadelic.net/geo for details on all 4 caches together, plus hint pictures. Website should be up after Aug 11, 2002 The cache is in a plastic tire chain box and lettered with the cache name on it. Original Contents of Cap'n Swoop's "Thunderstruck" cache are: 1 National Geographic Space Toy set (#4 of series) 1 small multi-tool knife 1 pr. needlenose pliers/wirecutters (handy for fishhook work at Porter's Landing) 1 postmarked stamp from the Vatican (Europe) 1 clip-on mini boot Knife 4 A

Walatowa Mesa View Cache by the Bice Brothers

Location: 35.701930, -106.717300
This cache is in the Jemez Mountains featuring some rugged terrain and steep elevation gains. It is just under 6300 feet elevation. This is an ammo box cache located along the southern edge of the Jemez Mountains in an area with several scenic canyons and mesas. There are no trails to the cache, and the hike from the parking spot should be 3/4 of a mile or more depending on the route taken (there are several possibilities). There will be an elevation gain of nearly 500 feet, which is very steep at times with loose footing - so be careful. The parking spot is located along HWY 4 between San Ysidro and Jemez Springs at N 35 42.339' W 106 43.684' From the parking area, cross the road and begin at the entrance to a small canyon with a dry stream bed. Take plenty of water, and hiking boots are highly recommended. The original contents of the Walatowa Mesa View Cache: log book and pencil, American Flag decal, walrus, pocket knife, sunglasses, super ball, polished rock, sewing kit, band aids, safety pi

Warm Springs Cache by Phyl & Mike

Location: 35.822870, -106.627330
Near McCauley Natural Warm Spring. Half way between Jemez Falls Trailhead and Battleship Rock Picnic Grounds. The Cache is located near the Warm Springs. Bring your bathing Suit and towel.. And water shoes. From either end the hike is about 1.2 miles. It's even better if you can park a car at Battlship Rock and hike from Jemez Falls one way to Battleship Rock. The elevation change over all is about 1200 feet. Jemez Falls Parking is at 35deg 48.959N 106deg 36.403W Battleship Rock trailhead is 35deg 49.682N 106deg 38.636W Another tenth of a mile away is: Battleship Free parking at 35deg 49.758N 106deg 38.624W. The original contents of the cache include: Vertical Horizon CD Rubber Crocodile TY Teeny Beany Rooster Crocodile Hunter Toy Disney X-mas ornament Plastic Soap Bottle Business Card Magnet Toy Car Clyde the Travel Bug http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=10b465be-97e5-4026-b0dd-e15e4df1bd81


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