Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called caches, and then share experiences online.
Geocaches come in many forms. Geocaches found within Dakota County Parks have a maximum size of 12 inches x 6 inches x 8 inches.
Geocache containers may vary, but typically a cache will have a logbook to record visits and a non-perishable family-friendly item such as small trinkets, coins from around the world and many other items.
Check out www.geocaching.com to find coordinates for cache locations throughout Dakota County Parks. Once you have the coordinates for a cache, visit the park and try to find the cache using your GPS.
Once you find your cache, record it in the log book inside the cache. Make sure to replace the cache exactly how you found it for the next geocacher to find. After you are done, you can post your find and share your experience on www.geocaching.com.
Courses are available if you are new to the sport. See the Parks Calendar of Events for a full list of course offerings.
Free equipment available
GPS equipment is available for check out free at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. The equipment is currently unavailable due to COVID-19.
Placing a cache
All caches placed within Dakota County Parks must be registered with Dakota County Parks and comply with the geocaching guidelines. Register a geocache with Dakota County Parks.