First Hope you all had a great Christmas and hope 2009 is good to you.
Now down to the nitty gritty of this post, just received this guideline that may affect us all in California.
California State Park System
Geocaching Guidelines (Public)
(To be placed on park’s website cover page and linked to individual parks that allow geocaching)
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity for individuals, groups and families that
involves finding hidden containers known as geocaches by navigating to them using a
hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. Many land management
agencies have legitimate concerns that geocaching and the hiding of geocaches may
have an adverse impact on environmentally sensitive lands, sites of historical or
archaeological significance, and the like. California State Parks has reviewed the
issues and concerns associated with geocaching activities and has determined the best
method for the management of this activity is to leave it to the discretion of the District
Superintendent. The 278 units of the California State Park System are diverse and
varied and there are parks and management units where geocaching is appropriate and
others where it is not.
The Department has developed the following general Geocaching Guidelines to inform
the public and help park operations staff properly manage this emerging and popular
recreational activity. Additionally, those interested in engaging in geocaching activities
at a specific State Park are encouraged to talk to the park staff to learn if the activity is
permitted and the rules and regulations associated with that park unit.
For general information about geocaching, go to Frequently Asked Questions, written by
www.geocaching.com, the global GPS cache hunt site.)
Caches may be allowed where they do not affect natural, cultural and historical
resources, visitor safety or other park users. The following is a list of terrestrial State
Park System unit classifications where geocaching may be permitted (when
approved by the District Superintendent):
- State Beach
- State Seashore
- State Park
- State Recreation Area
- State Vehicular Recreation Area
Caches are typically not allowed or encouraged (unless approved by the District
Superintendent) in the following terrestrial State Park System unit classifications:
- State Cultural Reserve
- State Natural Reserve
- State Historic Park and State Historic Monument
Caches are not allowed in the following terrestrial State Park System unit
- Cultural Preserves
- Natural Preserves
- State Wilderness
Virtual caches are encouraged and must adhere to the applicable requirements used
for physical caches. With district superintendent approval, virtual caches will be
permitted in those State Park classifications where physical caches are not generally
Caches may not be buried, nor may vegetation, rocks or other features be marked or
damaged in the process of placing, accessing or maintaining the cache.
Physical caches are not permitted inside or upon any State Park facility or structure.
Caches may not be permanently attached (glued, bolted, or screwed) to any historic
structure, monument, archaeological, natural or geologic feature.
Caches are not allowed within 300 feet of streams, marshes or sensitive water
Caches may not be placed more than 3 feet from a designated trail.
Contact the District Superintendent or their representative.