Geocaching is an outdoor recreational treasure-hunting game, using a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device to hide-and-seek containers, called geocaches or caches.
Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
A typical cache contains a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it (FTF - First to Find - status is very important!) and signs it with their established code name. After signing, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it so that others will be able to play!
Geocaching is an activity that can be enjoyed by families, individuals, and groups of all sizes. The benefits of this activity include socialization and access to the outdoors - instead of watching moves and TV shows about treasure hunters, and you can become a treasure hunter yourself!
Bernalillo County welcomes geocachers on its Open Space lands. The county requires any individual who would like to place a geocache to follow all Bernalillo County Open Space regulations and county ordinances, http://www.bernco.gov/open-space-regulations-3995/; as well as geocache guidelines http://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx. Bernalillo County reserves the right to remove any geocaches deemed inappropriate, or that have not followed geocaching guidelines; or are not in alignment with county ordinances. If there are any questions about placing geocaches or if you are concerned about an existing geocache, contact Open Space Coordinator Colleen Langan McRoberts at 314-0398 or email email@example.com.
Burque Birding GeoFlight -
The Burque Birding GeoFlight caches all have a bird theme in celebration of Albuquerque’s highly esteemed designation as a member city of the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds (UCTMB). Discover what makes Albuquerque a special place for birds, name the common birds, and have fun geocaching at some of the area’s most scenic birding sites. Limited, trackable bird coins are available for cachers who find at least nine out of the twelve geocaches on their GeoFlight. Click here for all the details.
BernCo Bernie Geocaching Challenge - August, 2013
BernCo Bernie's Geocaching event was a big success - thanks to you! There are eight Find BernCo Bernie caches that were placed all over Bernalillo County in August, 2013. Look for the coordinates and the password for the final ninth cache for your prize! There is a prize for the first 100 people to find the final cache! Come and find BernCo Bernie! Click here for the details.
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In the Albuquerque area, there are an estimated 7,087 caches hidden and waiting to be found.
There are 46 caches within a mile of One Civic Plaza in Downtown Albuquerque.
There are 2,119,230 active caches - and more than five million geocachers - worldwide.