An adventure awaits you! With your GPS to guide you, you will be able to visit a National Historic Trail that includes a rich history, a varied and stunning landscape, pristine natural and historic resources, and well-preserved historic sites. You will walk in the paths of famous explorers, American Indians, trappers, traders, merchants, frontier military men and women, as well as the pioneers and settlers that came to occupy the region. The Santa Fe Trail historically crossed international boundaries and was used by a wide variety of ethnic groups.
The Santa Fe Trail Association has placed over 70 geocaches along the distance of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. We are awarding “First to Find” prizes, as well as prizes to geocachers who fulfill requirements for the “PASSPORT ACTIVITY”. Learn more about our caches and prizes below! View our geocaches or sign up for our Santa Fe Trail Association e-mail newsletter.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a high tech, outdoor adventure game that uses handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to find hidden treasures. These “treasures” are called geocaches and are placed at unique places for others to visit. Geocache containers come in all shapes and sizes and contain a logbook and sometimes special prizes for trading. Our caches are generally located in military ammo canisters or brochure holder boxes, and have a variety of SWAG items to trade, as well as information about the Santa Fe Trail.
Geocaching began in 2000 and has since gained widespread popularity with an estimated 5 million geocachers worldwide. There are currently geocaches on all seven continents and even on the International Space Station. Getting started with geocaching is easy--simply go to Geocaching.com and sign up for a free membership. Then check out our Santa Fe National Historic Trail Geo Tour and start searching for nearby caches!
There are many short, helpful videos on You Tube -- just search for "geocaching". This is another example of what you will find: "The Guide to Geocaching Etiquette" at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXzIu7p82jg
Our geocaches are placed along the length of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, covering over 900 miles through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. Many sites are located along state highways, or a short drive off the main road. Metropolitan areas along the Trail include Kansas City and Santa Fe, as well as several smaller cities, towns, and villages—places that will surprise you.
Each of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail Geo Tour geocache pages on geocaching.com contain a brief description of the historic site, natural resource, or scenic vista featured by the geocache. The geocaches are found in 7”H X 12”L X 6”W military ammunition canisters, or brochure holder boxes, that allow us to include maps and information about the Santa Fe Trail that will help you as you travel the Trail. We’ve had to be creative and use special “camouflage” techniques to prevent theft. Please be sure to return the caches to the exact hiding spot and make sure lids are secure to prevent damage of contents from weather. Each cache also contains a logbook for you to sign, a code word to enter into your PASSPORT, and pencil. All of our geocaches contain some pretty cool SWAG that you can trade for other items. Our geocaches have been located at historic sites along the Santa Fe Trail and all are publicly accessible, however, there will be a variety of terrain levels and not all geocaches should be attempted by everyone. Please be respectful of all property located around our cache spots and be sure to familiarize yourself with these safety tips and essential gear so you can stay safe and have fun while geocaching!
Claiming your Prize and Terms and Conditions:
ALL Caches on the Geo Tour = COLLECTIBLE COIN, PLUS a special gift of our choice.
50 of the Caches on the Geo Tour = COLLECTIBLE COIN
25 of the Caches on the Geo Tour = Prize of our choice
Santa Fe Trail Association
1349 K-156 Highway
Larned, KS 67550
The Santa Fe Trail Association would like to thank the National Trails Intermountain Region – NPS, and the many sites & museums along the Santa Fe Trail for their support of this project. We would also like to thank the business owners that allowed us to place geocaches on their property. Lastly, we would like to thank our volunteers that assisted in placing and maintaining our geocaches.
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