What is Geocaching?
Explore Arizona’s Route 66 and its history in a fun new way by participating in the Historic Route 66 Geocaching Project. Not familiar with geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Geocaching is a destination activity enjoyed by more than 5 million people of all ages from all walks of life from all over the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Currently there are approximately 1.5M caches in over 100 countries.
What is different about Geocaching Across Arizona’s Stretch of Route 66?
The Arizona Historic Route 66 Geocaching Project ties the fun of geocaching into the history of Route 66 and Northern Arizona. As part of the Arizona Centennial celebration, nearly 100 caches have been placed across the Route that each tell a story about the history of its communities and Route 66 itself. This “super cache” makes a Route 66 journey that much more fun.
How do I get started?
All you need to participate is a cell phone with a GPS application, or a hand-help GPS device, and a free account on geocaching.com where you will go to learn about the caches along the Route, and log your experience finding the caches. To get started, visit geocaching.com for details on this inexpensive, family-friendly activity. Here is a quick link to the geocaches that are included in the Arizona Historic Route 66 Geocaching Project.