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Petrified Forest- Route 66—Geocache of the Week

by PEFO Ranger
Petrified Forest National Park, United States
N 35° 03.067 W 109° 48.319

Today is the US National Park Service’s 100th Birthday! In addition to the NPS offering free entry into all National Parks this weekend, Geocaching HQ has created a Find Your Park GeoTour where you can explore geocaches placed by the National Park Service and their partners.


We want to highlight a fun, car-themed geocache that was hidden by a Ranger in Petrified Forest National Park. Besides, what’s more American than a road trip on Route 66?

Made popular by the Nat King Cole Trio song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the 1960’s TV Series, Route 66, the road spans from Santa Monica, California to Chicago, Illinois. Along Route 66, you can visit Petrified Forest National Park, which was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Petrified Forest National Park was created to protect large deposits of petrified wood and other fossils from the Triassic Period, which makes this park Dino-Mite! Over 10,000 years of human history can be found in the park, including over 800 archeological and historical sites.

Things to know about the geocache:

  • There is an old car sitting in the roadbed of the previous road.
  • This place is a popular spot to visit, so watch out for muggles taking pictures!
  • This is a “TNLN” geocache, which means “Take Nothing; Leave Nothing”. Bring a pen, sign the log, and save your cool swag and trackables for a different geocaching experience.
  • Please respect the rules and regulations of the park and the resources it was established to protect.

While you’re in Petrified National Forest, check out other caches the PEFO Ranger has hidden:

Thanks PEFO Ranger for hiding some super fun and informative caches and also for serving our National Park Service.

And I’ll leave you with a seemingly relevant dinosaur joke:

What do you call it when a dinosaur has a car accident?

A Tyrannosaurus wreck!

Make sure to share your experience with the community by using the hashtags #FindYourPark and #Geocaching while on your National Parks adventure this weekend.

Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.
Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.


Geocaching with the Smithsonian

The mailman recently delivered a nice surprise to me. It’s a beautiful trackable geocoin from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) GeoTour. I had completed the GeoTour last year, and in the process earned a digital badge for my profile. Little did I know that the NMNH was working on a geocoin that would eventually take a place of honor in my collection.

National Museum of Natural History Geocoin

The National Museum of Natural History is a truly spectacular place. Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., it’s the most visited natural history museum in the world. The NMNH GeoTour debuted in 2013 with several Mystery caches, a Traditional cache and three EarthCaches.

Inside the National Museum of Natural History

All but one of the caches’ posted coordinates are at the museum, with one outlier located about a two-hour drive north, in Pennsylvania’s Michaux State Forest. (The NMNH also owns a Letterbox Hybrid with posted coords on the museum grounds. It is not an official part of the GeoTour.)

Get up close with nature during the GeoTour

My wife and I started the GeoTour during a trip to D.C. in November 2013, when we were able to stamp our passport for all but two of the caches. I was back in that part of the country for the GeoWoodstock Mega-Event last year, and jumped at the opportunity to complete the tour and earn my digital badge. The NMNH GeoTour is a really fun way to enjoy the museum from a new perspective, and to continue exploring outside the Smithsonian walls. I had visited the NMNH a time or two in the past, but this GeoTour encouraged me to dig into subjects that had escaped my attention on previous trips. Plus, it led me to a few beautiful sites outside of D.C.

See colossal things while caching!

So how can you qualify for a digital badge and one of these super-cool geocoins? The requirements are listed on all of the NMNH’s GeoTour cache pages. If you’re looking for a way to enhance your next visit to the U.S. capital, I highly recommend making this GeoTour part of your trip!


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What’s your dream vacation? Sandy beaches? Adventure and intrigue? Incredible geocaches? These epic GeoTours — curated collections of geocaches designed to introduce you to new locations — have all of the above.

GeoTour Azores (Azores Islands, Portugal): These 9 islands of volcanic origin represent a true getaway from the city life and a real connection with nature.

Sicily GeoTour (Sicily, Italy): Discover crystal-clear waters, heavenly beaches, majestic mountains and volcanoes, ancient traditions and unique cuisine.

Passport pour le Nord GeoTour (New Caledonia, South Pacific): Explore the ancient forests, stunning waterfalls and beaches of this South Pacific island.

Bermuda Conservation GeoTour (Bermuda, North Atlantic): Uncover Bermuda’s hidden island treasures by exploring the beaches, coastline and forested areas of this unique natural environment.

Looking for something closer to home? Good news: There are now 60+ GeoTours around the world, and each comes with its own story-worthy locations you’ll want to write home about. Learn more about GeoTours on the Geocaching Blog.

Pack your bags for these new GeoTours coming soon:

  • The Heart of Sweden GeoTour in Örebro, Sweden
  • Route 66 White Mountain GeoTour in Arizona, USA
  • Kyle Texas GeoTour in Texas, USA.

Follow @GeoToursHQ on Twitter to get all the latest GeoTour news.

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Hast Du Urlaubspläne? Lass Dich von diesen legendären GeoTouren inspirieren.

Was ist Dein Traumurlaub? Sandige Strände? Abenteuer und Spannung? Unglaubliche Geocaches? Diese legendären GeoTouren – erlesene Geocache-Sammlungen, die Dir neue Orte näherbringen sollen – haben all das.

Du suchst nach etwas, das näher liegt? Gute Neuigkeiten: Es gibt jetzt mehr als 60 GeoTouren rund um die Welt und jede von ihnen hat ihren eigenen tollen Ort, der etwas ganz Besonderes ist. Mehr Informationen über GeoTouren erhälst Du im Geocaching Blog.

Packe schon mal Deine Koffer für diese neuen GeoTouren, die bald herauskommen:

  • The Heart of Sweden GeoTour in Örebro, Schweden
  • Route 66 White Mountain GeoTour in Arizona, USA
  • Kyle Texas GeoTour in Texas, USA.

Folge @GeoToursHQ auf Twitter, um die neuesten GeoTour-Neuigkeiten zu erfahren.

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¿Tienes algún plan de vacaciones? Inspírate con estos GeoTours épicos.

¿En qué consisten las vacaciones de tus sueños? ¿Playas de fina arena? ¿Aventura e intriga? ¿Geocachés increíbles? Estos GeoTours épicos — cuidadas colecciones de geocachés diseñadas para enseñarte nuevos lugares — tienen todo lo anterior.

¿Buscas algo más cercano a tu casa? Buenas noticias: Actualmente hay más de 60 GeoTours por todo el mundo, cada cual con sus propios lugares que merecen la pena, y desde los cuales querrás escribir a casa para contar cómo son. Obtén más información en el Blog de Geocaching.

Haz las maletas para estos nuevos GeoTours que están en el horno:

  • The Heart of Sweden GeoTour en Örebro, Suecia
  • Route 66 White Mountain GeoTour en Arizona, EEUU
  • Kyle Texas GeoTour en Texas, EEUU

Sigue la cuenta de @GeoToursHQ en Twitter para recibir las últimas noticias de GeoTours.

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