Hardscrabble Southwestern Spartans
I’ll provide a link at the bottom of this article to the official website for the DPG which explains the CP point system in great detail. The DPG territory includes Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and a small portion of the part of California that's in the same neighborhood. The map image shown here delineates the DPG boundaries. On their site, you can use this Google Maps function to zoom in closer for cache locations.
One of the main points of the DPG is to encourage geocachers to go farther afield, as opposed to the easy ones right off the road or under a lamp post. For a quick rundown on the characteristics that make for a really demanding cache hunt, read The Most Physically Challenging Geocaching Sites. You’ll learn how to spot these sites on Geocaching.com using the star system, meaning five stars is the most difficult to find.
The DPG is responsible for tallying a lot of statistics about caches in the region. From the most found caches to the least found, the data is on their website. In fact, those statistics are used to determine the point value which has more points awarded for caches that are found less. In order to be rated on the DPG website, you must have at least 20 finds and 200 Challenge Points. So if you want to get involved and get yourself, or your team, on the leader board, you’ve got a lot of caching to do and the easy finds won’t bring in a lot of CPs. For all the details to help you become familiar with this unique twist on completive caching, visit the official Deepsouthwest Geocaching Project website.