29 Jun The GeoTrail in Minot Offers the Latest in Geocaching
Come join us on Minot’s first-ever GeoTrail, a form of geocaching dedicated to exploring Minot!
This year’s GeoTrail is part of our “Caching in on Downtown Minot” campaign, serving to explore Downtown in the Magic City, from historical locations to modern attractions. Players can earn a geocoin and participate in more geocaching around the region.
But what is the GeoTrail?
Enter this year’s GeoTrail. Summer 2021 is the first ever opportunity for experienced and new geocachers alike to earn a geocoin! Players will navigate to various cache locations to fill in a word puzzle related to Minot. Download your passport and fill in the code using the instructions provided on the Geocaching page (or within your passport).
Geocaching can also be found under the “Outdoor Activities” and “Recreation” tabs on the Visit Minot Activities page. Geocoins are available while supplies last!
How does geocaching work?
Since the turn of the millennium, geocaching has taken North American by storm. Started in Oregon in 2000, “players” attempt to use GPS coordinates to locate containers (more affectionately known as caches) hidden throughout the environment.
The game is relatively simple: use the geocaching app on iOS or Android, or on a GPS-enabled device capable of locating latitude and longitude; this allows a user to hone in on the relative location of a cache. Caches are often hidden (but are not buried), and some locations have clues or photos to help adventurers seek out the container in question. In addition, more challenging caches may be hidden on one side of a tree or may only be visible from a certain angle.
Rules: What’s the “cache?”
Small and common items such as foreign currency, keychains or books are often found within a cache, and explorers should leave something of equal or greater value in the cache after finding it. Valuable objects, food, damageable items or promotional effects (such as advertisements or business cards) are not allowed to be placed inside a cache.
Geocaching is also a way to learn about the environment and help clean it up. Cache in, trash out is a common activity as well.
As of June 1st, 2021, there are approximately 160 caches around Minot!