Edit: Thanks to those that have posted with a yea or nea, but its starting to get a little out of hand. If the remainder of the comments could be a yes/no I would appreciate it.
I don't want to get caught up in the virtual argument right now, and if the polls were working I would utilize them to avoid the long winded arguments. With that said, would you visit this Virtual cache if you were in the area?
This site exists in a remote portion of the country with no paved roads for 25 miles and no geocaches within 30 miles. Imagine a vast, arid, high desert Plateau with few interesting features... Until you find this location. An oasis in the middle of no-where. A pool to soak your tired bones in... This is the location, right smack dab in the middle of the pool. "the reward for this cache is the location"!
As for "WOW" factor, its a clothing optional location(thanks Evil Rooster, I had not thought of that). But, please be respectful of others that may venture in and prefer swimwear.
Of course there will be questions to answer and historical facts to be learned.
Read below and it will explain why I choose to submit this as a virtual.
"Readers Digest" version of the guidelines that are met:
A virtual cache is a cache that exists in a form of a permanent object
at a location that was already there. Typically, the cache “hider”
creates a virtual cache at a location where physical caches are not
permitted. The reward for these caches is the location itself and
sharing information about your visit.
1) The site for my virtual cache exists in the form of a permanent object(hot springs).The BLM is currently conducting sensitivity studies in the area and while they dont mind people visiting the hot springs, camping, hiking, hunting or what ever, they would rather people dont leave things lying around.
Edit: I guess I need to clarify one issue. The area undergoing the study is an area that covers over 5 million acres, its not an easy task to place a physical cache a mile or two away.
Prior to considering a virtual cache, you must have given consideration
to the question “why couldn’t a microcache or multi-cache be placed
there?” Physical caches have priority, so please consider adding a
micro or making the location a step in an offset or multi-stage cache
with the physical cache placed in an area that is appropriate.
2) Why no physical, micro or multi cache? Due to the sensitivity study in the area.
A trail is a trail, a beach is a beach, a view is a view; but a
trail/beach/view is NOT a virtual cache. A cache has to be a specific
distinct GPS target - not something large like a mountain top or a park,
however special those locations are.
3)This is a very distinct GPS target. It is a 12 ft diameter natural hotsprings and if our GPS read the same, the coords should land you smackdab in the middle of the thing... Which is the point of the cache, to get in, test the water, report the temp or a picture of someone enjoying the experience.