Summer in the Mountains: Geocaching

Gorgeous scenery, crisp mountain air and a treasure hunt. Can you think of a better way to spend a summer day? That’s exactly what a day of Geocaching in the mountains is like.

Geocaching is basically a high tech treasure hunt. Participants use a mobile app and the GPS function on their phones to track down treasures, or “caches”, around the globe. These caches can be found in beautiful, unusual and remote places, or perhaps right around the corner from your house. When you find a cache, you sign a log book to let future treasure-hunters know who’s been there before, select a treasure from the cache, and leave something in its place for future hunters. Here’s a video demonstrating how it works:

This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, perfect your navigation skills and just have fun in the mountains.

The Geocaching website has a map which notes the location of all the caches worldwide. It’s no surprise that the Colorado mountains are a popular spot for Geocaching. In fact, within 50 miles of Breckenridge you can find 3,463 caches. There are 7,304 caches located within 50 miles of Winter Park, three dozen of which are at the Winter Park resort itself. That’s a lot of treasure!

Winter Park has decided to help new treasure-hunters orient to the game by providing an Introduction to Geocaching class every Wednesday morning from June 26 through August 28. This is a great way to figure out how the game works before heading off to a remote corner of the mountains. And heck, Winter Park is so beautiful, you may decide to just stay there and find all three dozen of the caches!

Here are a few Geocaching tips to make your adventure a great experience.

  • Be sure your phone or GPS is charged. 🙂
  • Bring a snack and water.
  • Wear sunscreen!
  • Bring a pen to sign the log book.
  • Bring a handful of little trinkets to contribute to the caches and add a little bit of your personality to the game.

Have fun! If you try Geocaching this summer, please share your experience and photos with Ski Daddy on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear about it!

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