Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game for global positioning system (GPS) users. Participating in a cache hunt is an activity designed to take advantage of the features and capability of a GPS unit while enjoying public lands. Individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a variety of awards. The visitor is asked to sign a logbook and to leave or replace items they find in the cache. The cache itself is a small waterproof box.
The general website for geocaching is www.geocaching.com
. When you enter this website you can type in your zip code and see all the cache sites in your area along with each site’s latitude, longitude, a narrative description of the site location, the contents of the cache, and sometimes a map.
Geocaching provides an opportunity to hone orienteering skills, provides the opportunity to get outdoors, and it can be a wholesome family activity. It can also be conducted with minimal impact to the environment when conscientious land use ethics are followed. Even though geocaching appears to be an acceptable activity on BLM managed land, it is an activity that would only be welcome in appropriate locations.
Obtaining Permission to Place a Geocache
Getting permission to place a geocache on BLM-managed lands in the St. George Field Office is simple. Here is the process:
- Send an e-mail to the Outdoor Recreation Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Write “Geocache Request” in the subject line.
- In the body of the e-mail, include the coordinates (either Lat-Long or UTM).
- Include a brief description of your geocache container.
BLM staff will review your proposed site using our Geographic Information System. We will overlay data to see if there are any conflicts with archaeological resources, sensitive wildlife habitat, and other authorized uses.
Typically, you will receive approval/denial for your geocache via e-mail within 48 hours.