Chronicle of Lake Powell | The page promotes geocaching as a family outdoor activity

Page is an outdoor community, making it a prime location for the family outdoor geocaching activity.

The geocaching.com website describes the activity as “the world’s greatest treasure hunting game”, with more than 3 million containers called geocaches “hidden all over the world just waiting to be found”.

Anyone can play by logging into the geocaching.com website or downloading the app to their phone, then looking at the map to see what geocaches might be hidden in their area. The app is free to download and use, but dedicated geocachers can pay a premium subscription to access more locations.

Geocaches are each given a unique name once they are placed and once their locations are uploaded to the website. Following the phone’s GPS signal will normally bring players within 5-10 meters of the treasure, but finding it requires some good old-fashioned searching and snooping.

Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes, from “large reusable containers” to “micro canisters the size of your fingernail,” according to the website. They usually contain a logbook to sign, while larger containers can also hold small trinkets or keepsakes for players to take away – but it’s also a good idea to leave something new in the container for them. next players.

There are currently around 20 geocaches around Page whose locations are available for free, and double that number for those who pay for the premium membership.

The town of Page recently got into the act by hiding two free geocaches in town – one called Coyote’s Stash and the other named Manson Mesa’s Lost Treasure.

City-sponsored geocaches were the brainchild of City of Page social media specialist Jackelyne Aguirre.

“It was just an idea that we had to promote outdoor activities,” Aguirre said. “For economic development, we thought that because tourists don’t want to spend a lot of money, they book a tour and look for free activities to do next to it.”

Finding geocaches also helps participants get to know the city better, she said, adding that city geocaches are simple enough for the whole family to join in the search.

“I put them near the Rimview Trail because it’s a very popular trail,” she says. “If they want to do the 10 miles they can, but we have good spots just on sections of the trail. One is on Coppermine Road and the other is next to the golf course.”

City-sponsored geocaches are filled with postcards and other small souvenirs from Page.

“We hope tourists come, pick up the souvenirs and leave them in a geocache somewhere else, so maybe in Flagstaff, and see the town of Page or Lake Powell on that souvenir,” she said.

Aguirre said the two current geocaches are just the beginning and the city will continue to hide more “treasures” in the area.

“I’m always thinking of other places where we can put them. They are sort of large containers. They are very nice Tupperware containers, so you can put postcards, a small notebook. We will continue to think of places to put them here around town,” she said.

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