- 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:
- PEFO – Pioneers of Paleontology
- PEFO – Giant Logs
- PEFO – Painted Desert Oasis
- HistoricAZ66: The Painted Desert
- HistoricAZ66: Painted Desert Inn
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.
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