Geocaching on National Forest

Pike & San Isabel NFs Cimarron & Comanche NGs

GEOCACHING Guidelines

Geocaching:  is an activity where participants seek out locations or hidden containers, called "caches", using a variety of methods and clues that may include GPS (global positioning systems) other navigational aids.   A typical cache may include a memento or prize, or be a waterproof container containing a logbook where the “Geocacher” or locator enters the date they found it. 

Geocaching is often described as a "game of high-tech hide and seek," sharing many aspects of orienteering or treasure hunting.

Geocaching is not permitted in congressionally designated Wilderness Areas per FSM 2320, or in any other nationally designated areas such as national scenic areas, historic or scenic trails.

Geocaching is permissible in all other General Forest Areas provided there is no natural resource damage or vandalism to government facilities.

Geocaching is not permitted within areas designated as national historic landmarks, sites, or pre-historic sites.

When Geocaching, natural resources are not to be disturbed, nor are they allowed to be removed from NFS lands. That includes soil disturbance/digging, removal of vegetation, disturbance of natural features, etc.  Avoid sensitive areas like wetlands or streams.

When Geocaching, historical artifacts or features are not to be disturbed or removed. 

Geocaching shall not interfere with other permitted activities such as outfitter and guide designated campsites.

When Geocaching, motorized vehicle use and parking shall be in compliance with PSICC travel regulations and Motor Vehicle Use Maps. 

Geocaching via horseback is not permitted in developed recreation sites other than those designated for equestrian use.

Geocachers are not required to have a permit provided that they are in-compliance with all other FS regulations and policy concerning group size and fees.

Please label Geocaches as such to avoid any confusion or safety concerns.