Geocaching is a game in which players hide objects that other players use
GPS receivers to find. It's simple. Traditionally, the hidden object is a
waterproof container with a log book and various inexpensive prizes.
Finders are encouraged to take something, leave something, and sign the
Over time, many forms of geocaching have emerged. Moving caches, virtual
caches, hitchhikers, so-called locationless caches, even event caches,
are popular. All are welcome here.
You can locate caches by city, state and country or by latitude and
longitude. You only need to fill in as much information as needed to
uniquely identify the city. State and country are not needed if the
city name is unique in all the world.
For cities that are not in the database and for waypoints that are not
in any city, you can supply a latitude and longitude instead. Use
WGS84 and degree decimal format, using negative numbers for the
western and southern hemisphere. (Example: 32.1234 and -96.1234 is
near Dallas, Texas, USA.)
Once you have filled in your search criteria, click on one of the
buttons displayed below the search form.
- Google Maps: Click this button to generate a Google Map
showing the geocaches within 20 km of your selected city
- GPSVisualizer: Click this button to generate a map using
GPSVisualizer. A variety of street maps, topo maps, physical
maps, and aerial photos are available.
The search engine will return all geocaches within 20 km of your
chosen city or waypoint. On Google Maps, the geocaches shown are
dynamically recalculated as you scroll the map.
If you want to generate a map of caches along a route, choose "Route"
from the pulldown menu in the search form.
The search engine will return caches listed on GPSgames.org as well as
other sites. The site the cache is listed on is denoted by the color
of the map markers:
- GPSgames.org geocaches*
- GPSgames.org Shutterspots*
- Geocaching Australia*
* Use of cache information is subject to the
terms and conditions of the listing sites
that generously share their information.
Refer to the listing site for details.
For more advanced searches, click on the link in the search form
labeled "Go to Advanced Search". Advanced searches are restricted to
caches listed on GPSgames.org.
In addition, depending on whether you are registered and/or logged in,
different buttons will be displayed.
- Login: If you are not logged in, click this button.
If your browser settings do not accept cookies, you will not
be able to use all the features of this site.
- Hide a cache: Click this button to hide a cache of your
own. Until lots of people do this, there will not be many
caches for you to find. Please consider being a cache owner
- GxLeague Play: For friendly competition, sign up
for one of our leagues. Players are assigned to teams, who
play each other in a season of games. Games are won by
placing caches, by finding caches, and by having other
players find the caches you place. The team with the best
record at the end of the season, wins the GxLeague
- Show my profile: If you are registered, this is where you
can edit your profile information, such as specifying
locations for proximity searches.
- Show my finds: Click this button to see the caches you have
- Show my hides: Click this button to see the caches you have
- Show my watches: Click this button to see your watch list.
You will be notified by email whenever a log is entered
against one of the caches on your watch list.
- Show my ignores: Click this button to see your ignore
list. When viewing a cache description, you can choose to
ignore that cache. It will be filtered out of all future
Each page has a "Help" box like this one. Look for it.