How to conquer a puzzle lovers heart

Mystery Caches come in many different styles – but today we want to hone in on a classic: the Puzzle Cache. The posted coordinates for a Puzzle Cache are usually bogus coordinates. Geocachers must solve a puzzle on the cache page to learn the actual location of the geocache.

If you love solving Puzzle Caches, you might have thought to create your own. Puzzled on how to get started? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are four ways to inspire you to create a Puzzle Cache to adore.

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Ten tips to help you maintain your geocaching streak

Ten tips to help maintain your geocaching streak

  1. Ten tips to help you maintain your geocaching streak
      Ten tips to help you maintain your geocaching streak

Let’s talk about geocaching streaks. A streak is when you log a geocache or attend an Event Cache every day for an extended period of time. Some geocachers have maintained them for a month, a year, or even longer — several streak freaks have even maintained them for YEARS.

You can track your streak on your profile statistics. But what if the weather is terrible? What about that thing called “your life?” What if you just want to binge watch movies from your couch with your four cats and a pint of ice cream?

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A geocaching crew goes for 13 different icons in one day

Geocache Icon Run: find the most cache types in one day

A geocaching crew goes for 13 different icons in one day
A geocaching crew goes for 13 different icons in one day

This blog post was written by geocaching superwoman and Geocaching HQ employee, Annie Love.

If you are an obsessed geocacher, then you probably like to build your Geocaching profile stats such as “Most caches found in a single day”, “Highest altitude geocache”, or “Farthest away from home”. One statistic that can be trickier is an “Icon Run”, which is logging as many different cache types in one day as possible. But most geocachers, with a just little guidance and a full tank of gas, can bulk up their icon stats. Here’s how!

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Puzzle Cache Geocaching

How to solve Mystery Caches (also known as Puzzle Caches)

Puzzle Cache Geocaching
Keep calm and go Puzzle (Mystery) Caching

This article was written by Geocaching superstar and Geocaching HQ employee, Cathy (Prying Pandora).

Do you look at Mystery Caches, also known as Puzzle Caches, and have no idea where to start? You’re not the only one. Many geocachers feel overwhelmed by Mystery/Puzzle Caches, but they’re not as scary as they appear. You just need to begin collecting your own “puzzling bag of tricks” to help you solve them.

What should you keep in your puzzling bag of tricks? Think of the “tricks” as what you learn from each puzzle you solve. Many puzzles use the same ideas, so if you solve one, you can often pull that same trick out again and solve another similar puzzle. The more tricks you put in your bag, the easier Mystery/Puzzle Caches will be to solve. You will never stop finding new tricks to put in your bag, no matter how long you’ve been solving puzzles.

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What is Geocaching?





Join the world’s largest treasure hunting community!

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor adventure that is happening all the time, all around the world. To play, participants use the Geocaching app and/or a GPS device to navigate to cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. There are millions of geocaches in 190 countries waiting to be discovered—there are probably even some near you right now.


Geocaching started in early 2000. When the website launched, only 75 geocaches had been hidden. Today, there are over 3 million geocaches and millions of active geocachers playing the game. Geocaches come in all different shapes, sizes, and difficulties and are hidden in both rural and urban settings.

Geocaching offers something for everyone, from families with children to retirees. Some geocachers play the game to see how many total “finds” they can get, while others play to see how many new states or countries they can visit. Geocaching is a great way to find remarkable destinations that you would not have otherwise discovered. It is also an excellent education tool and an excuse to get off the couch.


Go play. To get started, create a free basic account and use or the free Geocaching® app to search for geocaches near your location. Whether you are off to find your first geocache or your ten-thousandth, the Geocaching® app is your ultimate geocaching toolbox.

Once you find a geocache, open it up and sign the logbook. You may discover some trade or swag items (small toys, keychains, trinkets) inside the geocache. The general rule of thumb is if you take something, leave something of equal or greater value. Then, place the container back exactly how you found it and share your experience online with the rest of the geocaching community. 

Connect. You can learn more about geocaching through the Geocaching BlogThe Geocaching Channel on YouTube, or the Geocaching Help CenterEducators can share ideas and lesson plans in the Forum section for education. You can also connect with the geocaching community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest.

Happy hunting!