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New to Geocaching?

Have you ever heard of geocaching?
Are you interested in trying this fun family adventure?

Before starting, please ensure you have a GPS or a smartphone. We recommend downloading the Geocaching® app and then signing up on Geocaching.com to gain access to various fun tools and maps to help you select and find your cache on the trails.

A photo of three girls attempting to solve a geocache puzzle. Photo by Geocaching.com | Used with permission.

Here are some tips to help you look for your first geocache.

  1. Utilize all your senses – use your eyes to observe, your hands to feel, and your geo-senses to sense the area.
  2. Look for something that doesn’t quite fit in.
  3. Geocaches are usually disguised as everyday objects or blended into the environment.
  4. Geocaches are often hidden in plain sight, so keep an eye out for anything that seems out of place.
  5. Approach the search like a detective
  6. Think creatively and thoroughly examine your surroundings.
  7. Never bury a geocache.
  8. A geocache should always be easily accessible and visible.
  9. Look high and low, and explore the area around you.
  10. Geocaches can be found anywhere, so keep an open mind and explore every nook and cranny.
  11. Respect your surroundings, do not damage or disturb the environment while you search.
  12. If you are having trouble finding the geocache, refer to the hint, it may provide a helpful clue or point you in the right direction.
  13. Check the latest activity on the geocache’s logbook, it may give you insight into recent finds or provide a helpful hint.
  14. Remember to be patient.
  15. Geocaching is all about the adventure and the challenge, so take your time and enjoy the journey.
  16. If the cache item no longer exists, please notify other participants by making a note in the geocaching logs.
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