How to start


Go on a scavenger hunt any time or anywhere.

Step 1

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Players navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then try to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Step 2

Create an account online or through the Geocaching app to view a map of geocaches near you.

Step 3

Use the app to navigate to a geocache nearby. Don’t forget to bring a pen! Geocaches come in different sizes, shapes, and difficulties.

Step 4

Once you find the geocache, sign and date the logbook, and maybe exchange nicknacks.

Step 5

Place the geocache back where you found it, log your experience online, and continue on to the next one.

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Exploration Ideas

  • Start a geocaching group with friends

    Geocaching can be even more fun with friends. You can either hunt together, or split into two groups, and see who can find it first!

What to Bring

  • Plenty of water, even for short hikes — a gallon per person per day is a good guide
  • Snacks such as fruit or trail mix and empty bags to collect any garbage
  • Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Lightweight rain jacket


Safety Tips

  • Before you get on the trail make sure you have the local Forest Service Ranger District’s or Supervisor’s Office phone number with you. If someone gets hurt this should be the first number you call.
  • Always let someone know where you're going and what time you expect to be back.
  • Avoid going if a thunderstorm is in the forecast. Seek shelter in a car or house if you’re caught in a thunderstorm. If you're caught outside, the safest place to be is crouching in a cluster of trees — not in a clearing, out on water, or next to a lone tree.
  • Be mindful of the sun. Use sunscreen, seek shade, and drink plenty of water — even in the winter.
  • Animals have their own natural food supply so please don’t feed them.
  • Fruits and mushrooms can look tasty, but some are poisonous. To be safe, do not eat anything you find growing in the forest.
  • Railroad tracks are for trains only. Keep to the side and stay off the tracks.
  • Remember to be mindful of cars when you’re in a park near a road. Wear bright colors for extra visibility.
  • Set a turnaround time when heading out that gives you plenty of time to get back before it gets dark. Expect to spend at least the same amount of time hiking back as you did hiking out.
  • Bring a small flashlight or another source of light with you if you'll be out close to sunset.