Geocaching FAQ

The Visit Utah GeoTour is the ultimate geocaching challenge!

This high-tech breadcrumb trail includes 145 geocaches throughout Utah. As you follow your GPS, you will pass through Utah’s diverse and iconic destinations. Explore red rock landscapes in the south, dense forests in the center and towering mountains in the north. The west unfolds vast deserts and isolated mountain ranges while the east reveals places once frequented by Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. You will meet dinosaurs, petroglyphs, pioneers, bison and ancient trees. In contrast, thriving urban settings along the Wasatch Front offer museums, culture, coffee shops, dining and nightlife to accompany your GeoTour. Come see why Utah truly is Life Elevated®!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I participate?

Who placed and maintains the caches?

How do I get a patch?

How do I get a coin or other prizes?

Do I really have to fill out the Patch Request Survey 29 times?

If I get another GeoTour cache in a county and I have already completed the survey for that county, do I have to do the survey again? (Can I edit my survey to get credit for my fourth and fifth caches?)

Do I have to find all five in a county?

What’s a gadget cache?

How can I give a favorite point?

Why do I need a picture?

How do I attach a picture to my Found log?

GCHQ guidelines say a picture can’t be required to log a cache.

Can I get all the caches in my two-wheel drive car?

What are these Additional Waypoints on the cache page?

Can I use my phone?

How can I see all the caches in the Utah GeoTour on my phone?

Will I have cell service at all the GeoTour caches?

How do I save caches offline in the app?

Why do I have to pay a fee to access the cache?

How do I download the whole GeoTour?

What's Premium Membership, Links and Volunteers

Answers

How do I participate?

First go to Visit Utah GeoTour where the caches are listed alphabetically by county and mapped at the top of the page. Decide what county you want to work on. You can get to the same list on your phone using the Official Geocaching app. Tap the magnifying glass in the upper left corner, then GeoTour. The Visit Utah GeoTour is GT54. Now pick a cache and go find it!

When you find the cache, sign the logbook as usual. For the GeoTour be sure to note the code on the card inside the lid of the cache and take a picture in the area of the cache.  Now go find another one! When you get home, be sure to log them all online and attach your photo to the log. With the app you can certainly log them in the field. Remember to write a good log to thank the volunteer cache placers (See question below).

When you have the code for three caches in a county, scroll down a little and read “How do I Get a Patch?”

Who placed and maintains the caches?

The Visit Utah account owns most of the caches in the GeoTour. A few were placed by our partners at the County Tourism offices. Most were placed by and all are maintained by our volunteers. Through geocaching.com those volunteers have Watches on the caches they worked with. Please remember them when writing your logs. Help us thank our volunteers by writing good logs. It’s the reward they appreciate most.  See a list of our volunteers at the end FAQ.

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How do I get a patch?

The Visit Utah GeoTour has the lowest award threshold of all the geotours out there. You can get the uniquely designed county patch after finding only three caches! Just enter the codes you found in three of the caches within one county in the Patch Request Survey to request your patch. A link to this survey is at the bottom of every cache page.  Aside from validating the codes you found in the caches, this survey also collects data to show that the GeoTour is worth continuing to fund.

How do I get a coin or other prizes?

Once all your finds for at least 10 counties are logged online with a picture, go to the Award Request and complete the form. When you have done the same for all 29 counties, you can request a GeoAmbassador jacket or a cool wall display.

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Do I really have to fill out the Patch Request Survey 29 times?

Yes. Each county tourism office is interested in their own data. We need to collect the data in a way that is broken down by county. In an effort to keep the overhead of the GeoTour low, the survey is done through the free Google forms rather than paying to have an online database set-up to store your information. Many browsers will save your personal information that you type into a form so you don’t have to retype it. Besides we don’t intend for you to do it 29 times in one sitting. Most people complete the GeoTour over time.

If I get another GeoTour cache in a county and I have already completed the survey for that county, do I have to do the survey again? (Can I edit my survey to get credit for my fourth and fifth caches?)

No. Thanks for wanting to, but it’s not necessary. We know we are losing a little data. You only need three caches to qualify for the patch. The codes you find in the caches can be tracked on your Visit Utah GeoTour Passport. Please don’t submit the survey twice for the same county. If you have any concerns about what you submitted, please contact us at utahgeotour@utah.gov.

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Do I have to find all five in a county?

No. You only need to find three to earn a patch for the county. But is it about the patch or the cache? All the GeoTour caches are either a cool gadget cache or in a cool location worth visiting, so why not check them all out.

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What’s a gadget cache?

The term gadget cache was perhaps created, definitely popularized, by WVTim. WVTim places “birdhouses” that you have to figure out how to open in order to access the log. The term now applies to any cache where there is a “trick” to accessing the log besides simply opening the container. These types of caches are extremely popular and tend to receive lots of favorite points. Don’t worry none of the gadget caches on the Utah GeoTour is too hard to open.

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How can I give a favorite point?

Favorite points are a great way to reward a cache that you enjoyed. Favorite Points can only be given by Premium Members. You can add a favorite point while you are writing your log by tapping the heart in the app or by checking the box just above the “Submit Log Entry” button online.

Geocaching Illustration How to Favorite

Geocaching Post a New Log Illustration

If you have already logged the cache, then add the favorite point by going to the cache page. Click the drop down arrow next to the current favorite points.

Geocaching Add Favorite Point Step

Then click “Add to your Favorites”

Geocaching Add Favorite Point Step

Geocaching Add Favorite Point Step

Why do I need a picture?

We’re offering some pretty awesome prizes to cachers who complete the tour. Since these prizes are coming from limited resources, we want to be sure that those who really deserve them can get them. It’s just a way of dealing with that very small fraction of people who want something for nothing. A nice secondary benefit of the pictures is the GeoTour crew is having a blast seeing all the crazy fun everyone is having finding the caches. So think about entertaining the guy verifying your logs when you take your pictures!

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How do I attach a picture to my Found log?

Geocaching Attach Picture to Found Log

In the phone app, after tapping the icon above, you will then be given the option to “Take a picture” or “Choose a Picture” from the pictures on your phone.

Online, after you submit your log, you may add as many photos as you like.

View Geocache Log Screenshot

You can even go back and add them after you logged the cache on your phone.

Either method above will take you here.

Upload a Geocache Log Image

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GCHQ guidelines say a picture can’t be required to log a cache.

That’s true. We’re not asking you for a picture to log the cache. If you find any cache and sign the physical log, you can log it online. The picture requirement is to be eligible for the GeoTour prizes beyond the patch.

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Can I get all the caches in my two-wheel drive car?

Almost. Since the GeoTour is about rewarding people for getting out and about in Utah, we tried to make the caches not too tough to reach. Just be aware that all that beautiful red rock erodes into sand which is very slick when wet and those salt flats become a slick, sticky mess when they get wet. We really encourage people to think twice before driving down dirt roads when they are wet. On the upside, Utah is a very arid state so it doesn’t rain often. When the roads are dry, here is a list of the caches where clearance could be an issue. You could still reach every cache below by parking and walking. Read the logs and use good judgment for your vehicle and overall situation.

Utah GeoTour — Wayne — Fish Creek Cove

Utah GeoTour — Beaver — Rock Corral Rec. Area

Utah GeoTour — Beaver — Frisco Ghost Town

Utah GeoTour — Box Elder — Devil's Playground (just last half mile)

Utah GeoTour — Daggett — Brown's Park Jarvie Ranch

Utah GeoTour — Kane — Lick Wash (just the last quarter mile)

Utah GeoTour — Piute — Bullion Canyon Miners Park

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What are these Additional Waypoints on the cache page?

Sometimes it can be tough to figure out what’s the best turn to get to the cache even if you are using navigational software. This is especially true in rural area where your navigation software might tell you to turn on one road that ends in a fence when the best road is the next one down. If there are waypoints on a cache page, pay attention to where they are and make your turns at them. Sometimes those additional waypoints will also tell you the best place to park.

!!Can I use my phone?

Sure! The newest version of the Official Geocaching app allows searching for GeoTours. The Visit Utah GeoTour is GT54. See the next question for how to use that number. Even Basic Members can access GeoTour caches that are rated above a 1.5/1.5 Difficulty/Terrain combination. See the question about reception for times when you don’t have service.

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How can I see all the caches in the Utah GeoTour on my phone?

Search by App Screenshot for Geocaching

Geocache App Screenshot Search

Search Results Details Screenshot

From this screen you can sort the caches in the geotour by distance or alphabetically. Just tap on the cache you want to find, then go find it!

Will I have cell service at all the GeoTour caches?

Probably not. All those gorgeous mountains and deserts are not the best for cell reception. Your phone’s GPS chip does not need cell reception to navigate. It is receiving information from satellites, not cell towers. However, you need cell reception to get all the information about the cache or to load the next one after you find last. Premium Members can create a list to save all the caches offline before heading out. Basic Members can bring up a cache, then if reception is lost, all the information about that cache will still be available on your phone. The problem would be getting to the next one without having reception again.

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How do I save caches offline in the app?

Caches must be part of a list to be saved offline. The ability to create lists is only available to Premium Members.

Start with the last screen from the question on seeing all the GeoTour caches and tap the map icon at the top.

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Add to List Screenshot Geocaching

Create New List Geocaching App Screenshot

GeoTour Lists Screenshot

Download Offline Data Screenshot

My Lists Directions Geocaching App

Why do I have to pay a fee to access the cache?

It’s about tourism after all. If you go to most of the places where the GeoTour caches are, grab the cache and leave, you are missing the point. Some people use the GeoTour caches as a scouting trip. They check out the place because of the cache then make plans to come back and really visit later. If these cool parks, museums, and historic sites are to be there later, they have to be supported somehow. To help with planning your budget, all the caches that require a fee have the “Fee Required” attribute.

How do I download the whole GeoTour?

Premium members can make a List (see above) and download it as a Pocket Query. Anyone can go to the landing page and download all the caches for a GPSr.

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Official GeoTour Screenshot

What’s a Premium Membership?

It’s a membership to the Geocaching website that allows you access to more features, like Favorite Points, Lists, Pocket Queries, and caches with difficulty and terrain ratings above 1.5/1.5 that are not part of a GeoTour. It’s $30 a year. You can upgrade your Basic Membership online or through the app. With a little planning, you can complete the Utah GeoTour as a Basic Member.

Important Links

Visit Utah GeoTour

Passport (PDF coming soon)

Patch Request

Award Request

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Visit Utah GeoTour Volunteers

Danny Brewer – railroader921 – Lead Volunteer, owns 13 caches, built many others, Head Herder of Cats Caches

Chris Rock – HikingSeal – Data Specialist, owns 5 caches

Joseph Wright – josephaw – History and Webpage Specialist, owns 7 caches

Derrick Branham – Disintegrator – owns 9 caches

Chris Begnoche – mojave_rattler – owns 5 caches

Cleve Cuch – cleedus – owns 5 caches

Mike Jones – Cache MACS – owns 5 caches

Ryan Penman – Nezzmuk – owns 5 caches

Anthony King - Camminatore AFK – owns 4 caches

Charity Duncan – Ritycan – owns 2 caches

Marlin Jorgensen – desert dawg – owns 1 cache, maintains Box Elder

Judy Brewer – madamebutterfly1822 – amazing painter of caches and carver of stamps

Nolan & Donna Coleman – drgw3128 & utahsnowflake – placed Wayne county & chief fixers

Scott Young – Special Scooter – placed Grand and San Juan

Jenny Julander – DJ & Jules – placed Beaver and Iron

Helen Finlinson - ATV Granny – placed Millard

Dennis Udink – udink – maintains Carbon and Emery

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