Treasure Hunting

June 11, 2018

Written by Jomel Nichols and Christel Gollnick


DEFINITION: Securely hidden.

Many people have been known to say that St. Joseph, Mo. is a best kept secret. In many ways that is true, but literally so when talking about geocaching.

Geocaching is the world’s largest treasure hunt with small geocache containers hidden all around you without you even knowing they are there. Use your GPS-enabled [Global Positioning System) device such as a smartphone to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location. They are typically smaller airtight containers. Inside you may find keepsakes left behind by other geocachers and a log to record your visits. It is fun to skim the list and see how many others have found the same geocache and how far they traveled to do so. There are even real-world challenge and puzzle caches where you can solve a code or a series of clues on your outdoor adventure.

According to Geocaching HQ, since the sport began in 2000, more than 3 million geocaches have been hidden in 190 countries around the globe. Hundreds of geocache locations are right here in St. Joseph near landmarks, historic sites, parks … everywhere! Many of them are mapped online at www.geochaching.com. Not sure where to start? Visit the site or download the app and type in the zip code for your location.

Happy hunting!


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