A simple way to describe geocaching is that it combines the latest in the world of technology with one of the oldest "sports" around - treasure hunting. Geocachers, armed with a GPS, can seek out the hidden caches in California or any other state utilizing GPS coordinates posted on the Internet by those hiding the cache. Following directions given by their rented or purchased GPS, they navigate to the hiding spot of the cache.
There are countless hidden caches you can discover with a rented GPS in California, from downtown San Diego to the state's more rural areas. A cache can be large or small; easy to get to or require a lot of trouble to reach; and then can be hidden at different degrees of difficulty. No geocache should be buried, however, so no digging is required. A great resource for lists of hidden geocaches to search for in California is this page on the geocaching.com site. You can refine your search by zip code, town or a nearby address from there.
Once you've identified a cache in California you wish to navigate to, you need a GPS to lead you there. No GPS will take you exactly to the spot, but should get you within about 20' or so. At that point you need to use you eyes and brain! Good GPS units to use for geocaching searches include the InReach handhelds, DeLorme handhelds, Garmin eTrex, Lowrance trail models and Garmin GPSMap Series as examples. Sometime there are clues in the write-ups about the cache that will help you finally find it once you get close with the GPS. A cache is typically a waterproof container discreetly placed within the local terrain, including a logbook and inexpensive items such as small paperbacks, toys, coins, costume jewelry, trinkets, etc. Look around for something that seems just a bit out of place. You never know what the founder or other visitors of the cache may have left for you to enjoy.
If you're not real sure this activity is for you, save the money and just rent a GPS from us at our GPS rental center first, to see how you like it before you buy a new GPS. We'll ship direct to your home or anywhere in California, and include a user manual with the rented GPS. We're also always available to help out if you need assistance on how to use the GPS.
We have several how-to articles on using our rental GPS units that apply to any GPS for geocaching. Help yourself and browse through the articles on using a GPS below, or give us a call if we can help you better enjoy your geocaching adventure in California.
How to Record a Track of Waypoints on a GPS
How to Use a GPS to Find Your Location on a Map
What does WAAS Mean for a GPS
Using a GPS for Geocaching
Our GPS Overview page
How to Mark a Waypoint with a GPS
How to Manually Enter a Waypoint Coordinate into a GPS
How to Navigate to a Waypoint with a GPS
How and Why to Change Map Orientation on a GPS
How to Change Measurement Units and Map Format Setting on a GPS
We can get GPS rentals to you in California or anywhere else in the US in 5 business days or less via UPS Ground, and expedited shipping methods for quicker deliveries are available. For more information, call us at or stop by our outdoor retail store in Tempe, Arizona.