If you live in Colorado most likely you have a love for nature, inspired by our majestic high mountain peaks, soothing streams and rivers, and endless opportunities to indulge in new adventures. As Coloradans, and those who visit our awe-inspiring state, we have come to be known as adventure seekers and have found endless ways to experience our love, simple or extreme, for the great outdoors.
Over the last decade a new outdoor recreational activity has evolved. It combines one’s love for technology and our smart phones with our love of nature. It is known as Geocaching and is embraced by one and all that have discovered it.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) says, “The game transcends geographic, political, gender and age boundaries. Geocache sites range from easy to challenging, and their level of difficulty is indicated alongside the cache’s coordinates for easy access.” In fact, REI has created their own expert advice page to share how you too can get started seeking the treasures hidden in the great outdoors www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/gps-geocaching.html.
Those who endeavor in this new adventure are passionate about their finds and the trinkets and treasures that are included in this hunt. There is even a new book out entitled, The Joy of Geocaching by Paul & Dana Gillin with tips and stories from people who love the game of geocaching.
This worldwide scavenger hunt has blossomed from its grass roots origins to over 3 million caches hidden all over the world. Geocaching.com, the leader in setting up and tracking one’s finds, has provided the following figures from their website as o February 2017:
- There are currently 8,922 active geocachers who have listed their home coordinates within the state of Colorado.
- As of Feb. 2, 2017, over the past 365 days, 24,821 unique accounts have logged that they found a cache located in Colorado.
- There are currently 323,882 active geocachers who have listed their home coordinates within the US.
- As of Feb. 2, 2017, over past 365 days, 610,844 unique accounts have logged that they found a cache located in the US.
Premiering today May 1, 2017 and running for one year through April 30, 2018 Chaffee County is hosting the Buena Vista Geocaching Journey GT7F with 25 hidden caches to find in the county. The event has been created and managed by Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center in participation with Chaffee County Visitors Bureau and Geocaching.com.
This great outdoor activity is also sponsored by Wilderness Aware Rafting and Mount Princeton Hot Springs & Resort. Plus, there is an assortment of local businesses including; restaurants, lodging and adventure sponsors who are joining the event and offering extra points to be earned by each geocacher as part of the geocaching journey prizes to be won! Go to www.BuenaVistaColorado.org/Geocaching for full listing and further details.
We know this event will become a national treasure because Buena Vista is a hidden gem. There is a feeling here that cannot be described, just embraced. Those who come to explore our journey will leave with a life-long love for our valley.
By Jamie Hagen, Marketing Specialist at Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center