Learn the basics
What is geocaching?
Geocaching is the world’s largest treasure hunting game. Over 3 million cleverly hidden containers called geocaches are hidden all over the world just waiting to be found.
What am I looking for?
Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes—geocache creativity is endless! Some will be large reusable containers, others will be micro canisters the size of your fingernail. Make sure to read the size in your app to get on the right path. (Geocaches never require digging).
Who hides geocaches?
People just like you! Geocaches are a labor of love. They are created by individuals in the global geocaching community.
When I find a geocache, do I get to keep it?
No, geocaches are meant to remain hidden so that others can find them. When you find a geocache, sign the log, then put it back where you found it. You can log your find online to let other geocachers know you were there!
What’s inside a geocache?
What’s inside depends on many things, especially the size of the geocache, but there should always be a log for you to sign. In larger geocaches, you can find trackables or items to trade. Trackables are meant to move from geocache to geocache. If you take something meant to be traded, make sure to leave something of equal or greater value!
Is it safe to go geocaching during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Geocaching is primarily an outdoor recreational activity. It can be played in a safe, socially-distant way that adheres to your local laws and health guidance for outdoor activities. Geocaching can even improve mental fatigue from spending too much time indoors. Learn about Geocaching HQ’s response to COVID-19 and review the best practices to geocache responsibly before your next geocaching outing. Your health and safety are the top priority.