Geocaching
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Geocaching

Looking for things to do in Estes Park while staying with us? Have you ever heard of geocaching? It's a mix of scavenger hunting and treasure-finding, made possible with the power of modern GPS technology. "Caches" are usually about the size of a Tupperware container or soda can, and they're most often hidden in plain sight--in the hole of a tree, the underside of a pay phone, or the back of a guard rail. Their GPS coordinates are then listed online, which gives others the chance to exchange token items and sign the log at the cache--if you can find them! How many are there? Millions have been listed in locations spanning the globe, including a collection near our Estes Park lodging!

This is the Across the Divide GeoTour, hosted by the Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. To participate, you just need a GPS device (which many smartphones are equipped for) and a GeoTour passport that can be acquired at the Grand Valley Visitors Center or printed from their website. After that, just enter the codes listed to the Geocache website and you'll be off to find up to 50 caches in Estes Park, Grand Lake and the Rocky Mountain National Park. (So as to leave no trace on their environment, the RMNP hosts picture- and activity-based "EarthCaches" instead.)

Those new to Geocaching are often surprised at just how much fun this activity really is! Finding a cache is about more than following a map--oftentimes, you'll need to search the specified location quite closely before finding the hidden stash, although it may turn out to have been under your nose the whole time! Try it for yourself and get a closer look at the beautiful landscape that surrounds Aspen Winds.