Be a Treasure Hunter in Phelps!

There’s no better way to enjoy the magical wonders of Northern Wisconsin’s wilderness than taking a hike. So why not try a little treasure hunting while appreciating the fresh air?

Geocaching has been around for nearly 20 years, with more than 7 million people participating each year in this fun outdoor adventure. If you are new to the idea, geocaching is just like treasure hunting in that you are using a GPS system to track down a hidden cache.

What is a Cache?

There are several types of geocaches out there, and over 3 million throughout the world. Phelps alone has dozens and dozens of hidden treasures.

  • A traditional cache typically features a logbook, but could hold a travel bug that is meant to move around the world.
  • A mystery cache requires a puzzle to solve to get the correct coordinates. Sometimes these can be a puzzle to solve at the actual cache, and these can be the most amusing!
  • Multi-cache involves 2 or more cache locations, with clues leading to the final logbook.

You could be looking for something as small as a film container, or something as large as a fairy house, but you won’t know until you find the right spot!

Geocache located in old tree stump. ©Settergren

Boys exploring geocache find. ©Bob n Renee

What’s so fun about Geocaching?

The number one best thing about geocaching, is of course, hunting down that elusive treasure. However, getting outside and breathing in some of that fresh air is a close second.

Not only is geocaching a great way to get a bit of exercise and appreciate nature, it is an excellent way to connect with friends and family. Even the four-legged kind! It’s an interesting hobby for all age groups and something the whole family can do together.

What do I need to try Geocaching?

All you need to get started is a GPS device (like your smart phone!), an account on and an adventurous spirit! Seriously, that’s all it takes. It does help to check out the guides to geocaching below, and be familiar with area trails. But you can always learn as you go!

Know Before You Go Links & Resources