Scavenger hunting may become illegal on open space
By Ryan Morgan, Camera Staff Writer
August 30, 2004
Yes, you’re in the right place.
Yes, your GPS readings are correct. But get out of the bushes. You’re not going to find the hidden treasure you seek.
Geocaching, the sport of hunting for caches of “treasure” on public lands at geographic coordinates found on the Internet, is going to become illegal on Boulder County Open Space if members of the Board of County Commissioners follow their agenda Tuesday.
All across Boulder County, and in all 50 of the United States, hobbyists over the past four years have hidden these small caches, usually consisting of a few trinkets or a log book, out in the wild. They have then recorded their cache’s global positioning system coordinates and posted their locations to Web sites such as www.geocaching.com, luring other technophiles outside.
Participants who find the caches with their hand-held GPS units leave their own little trinkets behind or leave their names in the logbooks.
But people who manage Boulder County’s public lands look askance at the hobby, which they say encourages people to run roughshod off the trail, disturb foliage and scare animals in order to stash caches.