Texas Geocache Challenge

Join us in a modern day treasure hunt in Texas State Parks

Geocaching is a type of treasure hunt using a GPS unit to help you find hidden "caches" placed by people all over the world. Geocaches are everywhere - from just down the street from your house to the most remote wilderness areas. They range from extremely small containers (35-mm film canister or smaller) to large ammo-style boxes.

We invite you and your family to join us in discovering hidden items while revealing exciting facts and stories about Texas State Parks. All you'll need is a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) unit, the coordinates for the hidden treasure (or caches), and a Texas State Park Geocache Challenge Passport Book available at participating state parks or by downloading it here.

We have hidden a special geocache in each of 12 state parks for you to find. In each cache, you will find a logbook that describes a special feature of the park that you can use to answer a question in your Geocache Challenge Passport Book. Also, there will be a special orienteering punch that you will use to mark your Passport Book to claim the cache, and a logbook to sign. You may also want to log your find on www.geocaching.com

The cache should contain small prizes and trinkets left by TPWD staff and fellow cachers. If you take something, be sure to leave something of equal value so cachers who follow you will have something to trade.

We will post the GPS coordinates (or waypoints) on this site Nov 1st at noon. Enter the waypoint into your GPS unit manually, or download it directly from the site www.geocaching.com.

Once you have found all 12 caches, send your completed Passport Book to:

Texas Geocache Challenge - TPWD
944 Highway 71 East
Bastrop, TX 78602

The first 100 returned passports receive a commemorative Texas Geocache Challenge coin. Other gifts will include large stickers and a certificate of completion. So, get out there and find those caches in your state parks, and discover how life's better outside!

Participating State Parks: (map)

Don't know how to Geocache? We have special workshops hosted at our State parks to introduce you to this activity. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/calendar/?calpage=a0213

  • Bastrop SP
  • Buescher SP
  • Lockhart SP
  • Palmetto SP
  • Lake Somerville SP (Nails Creek and Birch Creek units)
  • Monument Hill SHS
  • Huntsville SP
  • Government Canyon SNA
  • Washington-on-the-Brazos SHS
  • McKinney Falls SP
  • Guadalupe River SP

ITEMS TO BRING ALONG Geocaching is a great way to enjoy your state parks. As with any outdoor activity, it helps to have some special items to make your adventure more enjoyable and safe. We suggest the following items when geocaching:

  • GPS unit (of course!)
  • Texas State Parks Challenge Passport Book
  • Map of the area where you are geocaching
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Pen or pencil (sometimes pens and pencils disappear from the caches)
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellant
  • Walking stick (some caches are placed in areas such as under logs or in crevices where it would be prudent to test with a walking stick first rather than your hand)
  • Rain gear
  • Small backpack to keep everything together
  • Good walking or hiking footwear