How to search for geocaches

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Opencaching has a powerful search engine with many options to select caches and narrow your search. You can save your queries in your user profile and download results as GPX file.
You can also use the search form at the Opencaching map.

Select geocaches to seek

example of search screen
  1. Click in the top navigation bar on caches.
  2. Select the geocache properties like cache type, size, difficulty and terrain in the top section.
  3. Click on cache attributes to include or exclude them from your search. Click on "Show all" to display all of them. There are three status: ignore the attribute (grey), geocaches has the attribute (blue), geocaches without the attribute (grey crossed out).
  4. Coose the results' sort order of your search in the next box Sort results by.
  5. Scroll down and select on of the options to narrow down your search:
    • City: Find geocaches in the town you entered.
    • Postal code: Find geocaches in the area of the ZIP code you entered.
    • Perimeter: List all geocaches within the search radius around the coordinates.
    • Cache name: Find geocaches with specific test in the name.
    • Text: Find geocaches with specific text in the description, cache name, picture captions or logs.
    • Owner: Find caches hidden by a specific user of the Opencaching websites.
    • Log entries: Find all or specific types of log entries written by a specific user of the Opencaching websites.
    • All caches: Find all caches according to the properties without any further options.
  6. Click on the Seach button next to your option to start the search.

There is no case sensitivity of search terms.

Result list

After submitting your query you get a result list with

example of search results
  • distance to your home coordinates (if you did enter them in your user profile)
  • geocache type
  • difficulty
  • terrain
  • name of the geocache
  • short description
  • OC-only attribute if the geocache is an OC-only
  • date of the last log entry
  • status of the last five log entries

Available functions:

  • You can download the results displayed on the page or the complete result set. The maximum number of downloadable geocaches per list is 500. You can choose from different file formats. Afterwards you can import the file into your geocaching software or upload it to your GPS receiver.
  • You can modify your search query by clicking on [Edit options].
  • You can save your query by clicking on [Save options] to reuse it later. Stored queries are listed on your profile's stored queries page. To reuse a query just click on its link. On the same page you can modify or delete your stored queries by using the functions [edit] and [delete]