This National Park Service-sponsored recreational activity leads you to some of the park's significant geological resources. Using your own Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and a set of clues obtained from this website and hidden along the journey, you can guide yourself to a series of sites in the park. To make your experience an unforgettable success, please read these guidelines and suggestions.
Please note that placing physical caches is not permitted in the park without the permission of the National Park Service. Existing physical caches are sponsored and maintained by the National Park Service. Unauthorized caches will be removed by park management.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache. For more information on geocaching, visit Geocaching.com. At Petrified Forest National Park, you can look for EarthCaches (virtual) and traditional (physical) caches where a hidden container can be found and a log book signed.
1. Parking is available at or near each coordinate.
2. As with all park visitors, you are required to pay the park entrance fee at the park entrance stations. The Petrified Forest National Park Annual Pass or the America the Beautiful Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, or Volunteer Pass can be used in lieu of paying the entrance fee. There is no fee to participate in the Geocache Program.
3. Caches are only available during park operating hours.
4. At the EarthCache sites, there are no physical caches to be found. You do not need to find a physical box to continue the program. Instead you will be required to search for hidden clues and respond to the requirements of the creator of the EarthCache.
5. The physical caches contain a container and a log book. Please place these containers back exactly as they were found for the next participant.
6. Some of the physical caches require a short hike. Please follow the guidelines listed for each physical cache to access the caches to ensure you are following park regulations regarding parking and access.