Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63

11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find them

Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63
Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63

EarthCaching is the magical combination of geocaching and geological discovery.

EarthCaches are meant to teach geocachers about particular (and typically jaw-dropping) geological features. EarthCaches do not contain physical containers like most geocaches. They do, however, carry a piece of geological history that can date back millions and millions of years… which is certainly a treasure of sorts.

How to Find an EarthCache

  • Customize your geocache search. Select Filters to see advanced search options. Under Geocache Types, select EarthCache only.
  • Premium Members can search for EarthCaches using the Geocaching® app.
  • Navigate to the posted coordinates of the EarthCache site. Bring a camera since EarthCaches tend to be photogenic!
  • Once at the EarthCache site, take in the scenery, the geological marvels or oddities, and read the cache description. The cache owner will likely ask you to answer some questions about the site. You can email the cache owner or use the Message Center to send answers to the required questions.

Now that you know how to find an EarthCache, check out these 11 stunning EarthCache locations to add to your geocaching bucket list. 

 1. GC111XM in Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey GC111XM
Pamukkale, Turkey GC111XM

 

2. GC20010 at Lake Baikal, Russia

Lake Baikal, Russia GC20010
Lake Baikal, Russia GC20010

 

3. GC14W63 in Namib Desert, Namibia

Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63
Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63

 

4.  GC25643 at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Bláa lónið - Blue lagoon - Blaue Lagunem, Iceland GC25643
Bláa lónið – Blue lagoon – Blaue Lagunem, Iceland GC25643

 

5. GC11A56 at Jellyfish Lake, Ongeim’l Tketau, in Palau

Jellyfish Lake - Ongeim'l Tketau, Palau GC11A56
Jellyfish Lake – Ongeim’l Tketau, Palau GC11A56

 

6. GC2PFGZ at Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Fallas do Iguaçu / IGUAZU Fault, Argentina GC2PFGZ
Fallas do Iguaçu / IGUAZU Fault, Argentina GC2PFGZ

 

7. GC4CNMG in Western Australia

Kooling off in Karijini, Australia GC4CNMG
Kooling off in Karijini, Australia GC4CNMG

 

8. GC13D90 near Monsanto, Portugal

Cruziana [Penha Garcia], Portugal GC13D90
Cruziana [Penha Garcia], Portugal GC13D90

9. GCPCPX in Northern Ireland

The Giant's Causeway Earthcache, Ireland GCPCPX
The Giant’s Causeway Earthcache, Ireland GCPCPX

 

10. GC23HNZ near Darvaza, Turkmenistan

The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan, GC23HNZ
The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan, GC23HNZ

 

11. GC1JY47 at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming

Rainbow's End: Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, GC1JY47
Rainbow’s End: Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, GC1JY47

 

Which EarthCaches are on your bucket list?

 

Alex
Alex is a Community Volunteer Support Coordinator at Geocaching HQ. When things get crazy, she sends in the big puns.