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
- Using Advanced Search you can customize your geocache search. Click on “Add Filters” to see advanced search options. Under “Geocache Types”, select EarthCache only.
- Premium Members can now search for EarthCaches using the Geocaching® app.
- Navigate to the posted coordinates of the EarthCache site. Bring a camera (most EarthCaches encourage selfies).
- 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 use the Message Center on Geocaching.com or in the free Geocaching app 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. And remember: between July 31 and September 2, you can earn one of the Geocaching Road Trip ’15 souvenirs for finding an EarthCache or attending a CITO event.
1. GC111XM in Pamukkale, Turkey
2. GC20010 at Lake Baikal, Russia
3. GC14W63 in Namib Desert, Namibia
4. GC25643 at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland
5. GC11A56 at Jellyfish Lake, Ongeim’l Tketau, in Palau
6. GC2PFGZ at Iguazu Falls, Argentina
7. GC4CNMG in Western Australia
8. GC13D90 near Monsanto, Portugal
9. GCPCPX in Northern Ireland
10. GC23HNZ near Darvaza, Turkmenistan
11. GC1JY47 at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming
What EarthCaches are on your bucket list?