Earthcaching in Denali

a girl leans over to pick something up on the tundra

NPS Photo

man holding a small electronic device, a river and hills in the background
Use a GPS to go on a high-tech treasure hunt!

Courtesy David Tomeo

Learn about some of the amazing landscapes of Denali National Park and Preserve be seeking one of our 'EarthCache' sites in the park.

What is “EarthCaching"?

EarthCaching, or geocaching, is a treasure hunt with a GPS device (Global Positioning System). Using your device you seek a specific location. At the traditional 'geocaches' there are often hidden containers that have a logbook and sometimes collectables. Hidden containers are not allowed in our National Parks, therefore in Denali we have 'virtual' geocaches that instead have a specific geological 'puzzle or question' for you to solve. These are called 'Earthcaches'.

EarthCaching is a hunt for natural and geological treasures, and is a program created by the Geological Society of America. This family-friendly activity is appropriate and fun for all ages! The self-guided pace and educational component allows visitors to discover and appreciate the beauty and natural history of their national parks.

To get started and learn all about geocaching and earthcaching, visit www.geocaching.com to get started. You can also go directly to the 'Denali Geo-Venture' links listed below.

Virtual Caches Only in National Parks

Please note that placing traditional, physical, geocaches is not permitted in any U.S. National Park, including Denali National Park and Preserve. The EarthCache program, part of the Geological Society of America, specifies that you must have prior approval from a land manager to develop new EarthCaches on public lands. To inquire about developing an EarthCache within the park, please email Denali.

The Earthcaches in Denali

General Vicinity


Difficulty


EarthCache link

Via the Murie Science and Learning Center or Horseshoe Lake Trailhead
Hiking required (<.5 miles round trip)
The Oldest Rock!
Via the Denali Visitor Center or Murie Science and Learning Center
Hiking required (<1.5 miles round trip)
Landscape Puzzles
Via the Denali Visitor Center
Hiking required (<1 mile round trip)
The Borderline
From the Denali Park Headquarters area (via a free shuttle bus or with your own vehicle)
Roadside cache
The Erratic Nature of Glaciers
From the Savage River Area (via a free shuttle bus or with your own vehicle)
Roadside cache
Glacial Rivers and Wildlife Thorofares
Via the Horseshoe Lake Trailhead
Hiking required (<.5 miles round trip)
A Geologic Story



Last updated: July 21, 2017