The night is full of caches

Shorter days and autumn weather might make you want to curl up on the couch and let caches be caches — but the shadows of the night can be the best time to seek some of the most exciting geocaches around: Night Caches.

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MEGAPHOBIA (GC5ENHV)

Night Caches are best searched for in the dark. Not for the easily spooked, these caches come in all types — Traditional, Multi, Mystery, Wherigo caches amongst others — and often feature scary tales.

Thriller! (GC5ENHQ) and Curse of the Pharaoh (GC4Q1K7)
Thriller! (GC5ENHQ) and Curse of the Pharaoh (GC4Q1K7)

If you’re intrigued to go on a ghostly geohunt at night, make sure to come prepared with a flashlight or headlamp, some extra batteries, and maybe even a glow-in-the-dark pen.

To find Night Caches, you often have to follow reflectors that guide you to the hide or glow-in-the-dark ink that can only be seen in the dark and requires a UV flashlight.

nightcache6Some geocache owners include ‘Night Cache’ in the cache’s title to make it clear that their cache is best found at night. Others can be identified through one or more of these attributes:

  • Night Cachenighcaching-attributes-1
  • Recommended at Night
  • Flashlight Required
  • UV Light Required

 

Bananaaaa Nightclub Nachtcache (GC5BW4D)

 

Another way to learn about the best Night Caches is to ask a fellow geocacher about their favorites. They can create a list with their recommendations and share it with you. We did so ourselves and created this list of some of the most favorited Night Caches and other haunted hides.

Which spooky Night Caches are on your list? Share in the comments or on social media using #hauntedhides.

Ready to go to the dark side? Browse Night Caching equipment in the Geocaching Shop or at International Retailers.

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Souvenirs, badges, and icons are all virtual pieces of art for your profile to discover, display, and collect on your geocaching profile page. But each serves a different purpose, and they’re located on different parts of your profile. Let’s break it down:

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Trails now in app.
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Trails map type now in Geocaching® app

Some of the best geocaches are found off the beaten path.

Like this one…

Table Mountain
On the path to Table Mountain (GCN5VD). Photo by Love.

…and this one….

Valley of Fire State Park
In the Valley of Fire State Park (GC3AQRC). Photo by Love.

…and definitely this one.

Mt. Rainier EarthCache
Summiting Mt. Rainier (GCPZBX). Photo by Love.

With our latest Geocaching® app update, we added the Trails map type to help you find these hard-to-reach geocaches and to find the caches hidden right in your neighborhood park. This feature uses open-source maps to show trails in cities, parks, and wild spaces.

Here’s a peek inside the app:

Select your preferred map type.

chose trail maps

Navigate to a geocache using Trails.

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Get the app.

Do you have tips for finding geocaches in rugged terrain? Tell us in the comments below!