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PREMIERE GEOCACHING

According to Blog of lifestyle and travel, “Golden, Colorado is one of the premiere geocaching locations in Colorado, not merely because of its more than 1,400 logged caches, but because of the variety of locations in which you can find them. Golden is known for its small town charm and being the home of  Coors Brewery. Also in Golden, is the Dinosaur Ridge Trail, a 1.5-mile trail featuring hundreds of fossilized dinosaur tracks. As if walking that trail wasn’t already fun, there are several caches hidden along it, making for an exciting treasure hunt filled with prehistoric artifacts.”

WHAT IS GEOCACHING?

Geocaching is an outdoor recreation activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches,” anywhere in the world. Letterboxing is another form of treasure hunting in which clues are used from one location to the next to find the letterbox. Sometimes a compass is needed. Participants use a personalized, rubber stamp to mark in the log book.

LIST OF LOCATIONS

Below is a list of state parks near Golden with caches, although there are likely many more places that have not been officially documented.

Barr Lake State Park (80603)

Golden Gate Canyon State Park (80403)

GETTING STARTED

Here are some steps to get you started on your geocaching adventure from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department:

You can find geocache locations by visiting sites such as www.geocaching.com or www.geocachingcolo.com.

  • Once you locate a cache, you would like to find, write down the coordinates of the cache location and also enter them into your GPS.
  • Before you leave on your hunt, make sure you have extra batteries, appropriate clothing, and food. Also, bring a map and compass and check the geocaching terrain for difficulty ratings.
  • When you arrive at the park, use your GPS to find the cache. Before you start mark your car as a waypoint to ensure your safe return.
  • Once you reach the coordinates, search the area for a cache. GPS accuracy will be limited to a 30-foot area. Remember that distances can be deceiving—a geocache can take longer to find depending on trails, rivers, and other obstacles.
  • When you find the cache, take something from the container and leave something you’ve brought with you. Sign the log book and return the container to its hiding spot for the next finder.
  • Tread lightly. Geocachers are encouraged to practice minimum impact behavior at all times.