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What is geocaching?

Geocaching is a family-friendly worldwide game of seeking treasure. A geocacher can locate a geocache anywhere in the world with the help of a GPS or GPS-enabled mobile device and GPS coordinates that are listed at

GeocacheWhat do geocaches look like?
Most caches are typically small containers, which could be plastic or metal. Some may be old ammunition cans or film canisters. Some could also be disguised as something else (a rock for instance). In its simplest form, a cache always contains a logbook or log sheet. The logbook contains information from the owner of the cache and notes from visitors. When geocachers return from their adventure, they can log their finds on an online cache page. Larger caches may also contain any number of more or less valuable items. These items turn the cache into a true treasure hunt.

What are the rules of geocaching?

  1. Geocache CoinsIf you take something from the cache, leave something of equal or greater value.

  2. Write about your find in the cache logbook (located in the cache).

  3. Log your experience at

How do I start geocaching at Trinidad Lake State Park?

GPS UnitGet current geocache coordinates from Simply plug those coordinates into your GPS unit and navigate your way to the cache. Most GPS units are accurate to within 3–6 meters, so you may have to spend some time searching for the hidden cache.

The visitor center attendant can give you the general area where the cache is located and tell you whether you need to drive or hike there. GPS units are available for rent at the Trinidad Lake State Park Visitor Center for a small fee. Make sure to place the cache back in the same spot where you found it so that other visitors may have the same experience that you did!


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Here are some Trinidad Lake travel bugs and geocoins that you can follow: Reilly Canyon Rover (Travel Bug), South Shore Stroller (Travel Bug), and Trinidad Lake State Park 1 (Geocoin)

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For more information, please view our geocaching brochure.