Geocaching in Arizona

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Geocaching in Arizona magnetic box
Magnetic box

Searching for a microsize container that blends in with the environment is the exciting part of geocaching. Not getting frustrated when you can’t find the container is the challenge. We love visiting new places and finding those unique spots. Geocaching is a great way to do just that.

Finding Geocaching Sites

Geocaching in Arizona micro in a wall
Micro size in a wall

Are you wondering where to find Geocaching sites? We went to the internet and types in “Geocaching in Arizona.” From there were found multiple websites that shared Geocaching locations. We found one that had a phone application. The phone app is helpful for when we are out in the field I use the GPS on the app. The phone application we choose also gave hints, which we used many times.

Terrain Levels

Geocaching in Arizona out in the open
Out in the open

When you are choosing your Geocaching spots to learn about the terrain levels. Is the area in a local city park and has a flat ground? If yes, then maybe you can get away with wearing flip-flops. It the Geocaching spot on the side of a rocky mountain covered in cactus? If yes, then maybe you should be hiking boots. Be mindful of the terrain and dress accordingly.

Container Sizes

Geocaching in Arizona large with bugs
Large container with fake bugs

If you are using a map and compass, write down the contain size description. We would read and record what size in advance and I was grateful for that because sometimes the container was large (a 6 in x 4 in x 2 in) and other times it was less than 2 inches in length. When I knew it was micro size, I would look in small cracks and between tight spaces.

Geocaching in Arizona micro size
Micro size container

Tip: bring a pair of tweezers to pull out the paper in the micro-containers. Note: the paper is what you write your name and date on when you found it.

Geocaching in Arizona tweezers needed
Tweezers needed

Difficulty Finding Rating

Geocaching in Arizona hiding under fake bug
Hiding under fake bug

Each organization will have a different rating for the “difficulty of finding the container.” Understanding the rating helped us after our first few finds. Usually the harder the “difficulty finding rating” the more the container blended in with the environment. There are ones that are listed as easy and the stand out from the environment, therefore easy to spot.

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Have you gone Geocaching before? If yes, what state or country were you in? What did you find?

41 thoughts on “Geocaching in Arizona
  1. We love geocaching! So much fun to do with the family! I have never come across a container with bugs and you found two!! I can’t decide if I think that’s hilarious or terrible LOL Fun times!!

    1. The first one was scary because we thought the bugs were real. The 2nd one was not so bad because you knew there was a possibility that the bug was fake.

  2. I’ve never been geocaching before. It looks like a great way to get my munchkin involved in outdoor activities and learn stuff at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is such a great thing to do with kids! It’s fun for them to use the directions or coordinates to find the hidden treasure.

    1. While we were out geocaching – we recruited the help of about 8 elementary kids and their parents at a park. The kids loved it. The parents really got into it too.

  4. I know 20 2nd graders who would love to go Geocaching! This looks like a fun outdoor activity anywhere! I have looked at the app Geocaching.

  5. We have never done anything like this before. I’ll have to bring it up to the boys and see if this something we should try to plan out in the future. The fake bugs, though – ummm…..not sure I like that idea. Fake, real -ewww!

  6. This was extremely fun and for the couple of hours that we did it I forgot all about the stress of work and school and just got to go on an adventure! This blog says it all thank you!

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