Look for geocaches in over 90 state parks, historic sites and natural areas all over Texas. Discover hidden items, learn exciting facts and stories about Texas State Parks, and win prizes!
Many parks will have more than one Challenge cache.
How do I play:
- Visit Geocaching at Texas State Parks to learn how to geocache, if you don't know how.
- Download the Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge Passport (PDF 1.1 MB) and print it.
- Get the coordinates for a Geocache Challenge cache nearby. Challenge caches will have TXGCC13 in the name.
- Find the cache and pull out the logbook. The logbook tells a unique story about the park, and has a trivia question. Write the answer to the question in your passport.
- Mark your passport using the red orienteering punch in the cache.
- Replace the cache for the next visitor.
- Repeat until your passport is full!
How many geocaches do I have to find?
That's up to you! Choose your own award levels:
- 10 caches found - Entry-level Pathtag, keychain, and sticker
- 20 caches found - Bronze-level Pathtag, medal challenge sticker, and 50 percent off a state park visit
- 30 caches found - Silver-level Pathtag and 50 percent off one night of camping
- 50 caches found - Gold-level Pathtag and 20 percent off a state park store purchase (limit five items)
- 80 caches found - Platinum-level Pathtag and one free night of camping
We will keep a running tally of your caches. You will receive awards for each level you reach. Only one award will be given at each level per mailing address.
How do I claim my prize?
Mail your completed passport to this address (keep a copy for yourself):
Texas Geocache Challenge - TPWD
4200 Smith School Road
Austin TX 78744
When you return a completed passport, you will receive a waterproof Challenge sticker.
- Attend a geocaching workshop. Visit our Events page to find one near you.
- Sign up for geocaching e-mail updates. Learn about special theme challenges, special event caches and more!
- Purchase a Texas State Park Pass. With the pass, you and your guests can enter any state park for free for one year! Purchase the pass at most state parks or call 512-389-8900.
- Learn how to hide a geocache on state park lands. Download the Geocache Placements information sheet. You must get approval from a park's superintendent before placing a geocache in that park.
- Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check with the park before your visit to make sure it will be open.
- Download the Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge Coordinates as a pdf
- Get the Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge Coordinates from Geocaching.com
- Download a kml file of the Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge Coordinates, from Geocaching.com. You can view in Google Earth and other mapping/GPS apps.
- E-mail questions to email@example.com.
Visit Geocaching at Texas State Parks to learn more!