We have hidden special geocaches in state parks, historic sites, and natural areas throughout the state. We invite you and your family to join us in the adventure of discovering these hidden items, revealing exciting facts and stories about Texas State Parks and winning prizes for your discoveries!
How to Participate in the Challenge:
- Download the Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge Passport (PDF 1.1 MB), and bring it with you.
- Get the Geocache Challenge coordinates. Challenge caches will have TXGCC13 in their name.
- Once you have physically found a cache at a park, locate the logbook inside. This book tells a unique story about each park and offers a trivia question related to that specific story. Write the answer to that trivia question on your passport.
- Use the special red orienteering punch in each cache to mark your passport.
- Every Official State Parks Challenge cache will be counted towards your cumulative total and prize levels.
- Submit your completed passport and contact information to the address below when you have completed each prize level.
- Approximately 90 sites, including parks, historic sites, and other TPWD properties across Texas will be participating in the Challenge. There will be more than one official Challenge cache in most parks!
- There will be a "First to Find" trackable geocoin inside many of our caches so you might find a treasure that you can keep on your first find!
- More caches and special theme challenges may be added as the challenge progresses.
- Go to, Geocaching at Texas State Parks, for more information on how to geocache.
Cachers who have participated in previous challenges, please notice some changes in format to make the challenge more welcoming to cachers of all abilities and experience levels. Nearly every cache from the previous statewide challenge will be refreshed and moved to a new location within the park!
- 10 caches found - Entry Level Pathtag, Keychain, and Sticker
- 20 caches found - Bronze Level Pathtag, Medal Challenge Sticker, and Promotion for 50% Off State Park Entry Fees
- 30 caches found - Silver Level Pathtag and Promotion for 50% Off 1 Night of Camping
- 50 caches found - Gold Level Pathtag and Promotion for 20% Off State Park Store Purchase (limit 5 items)
- 80 caches found - Platinum Level Pathtag and Promotion for 1 Free Night of Camping
In addition, all completed and returned passports will receive a waterproof Challenge sticker. Only one award will be given at each level per mailing address.
Passport Submission - When you have found the necessary number of caches to satisfy a prize level, send your completed passport to the address below. A running tally of an individual's number of TXGCC13 finds will be kept on file and awards will be distributed appropriately. You may consider photocopying your passports for your records or in the event of lost mail.
Texas Geocache Challenge - TPWD
4200 Smith School Road
Austin TX 78744
There is currently no end date scheduled for the challenge so go find those caches, and discover how life's better outside!
Save Money on Your Trip! Consider purchasing a Texas State Park Pass. For $70, the pass will get you, and all of the occupants of your vehicle, into every state park without having to pay an entrance fee. The Texas State Park Pass can be purchased at most state parks.
Other Geocache Events & Workshops - Don't know how to Geocache? We have special workshops hosted at our State parks to introduce you to this activity. Check out geocache events on our Calendar.
Sign up for TPWD e-mail updates about geocaching. We may announce special theme challenges, special event caches, updates on the geocache challenge, and more great information about caching in parks!
Are you interested in hiding a geocache at a TPWD property? All cache placements are at the discretion of the site superintendent or manager. Download the suggested guidelines and cache information sheet here. Use it to help your site staff member more easily approve your hopeful placement!
Questions? E-mail any specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and a TPWD representative will respond in a timely manner.
Please be sure and check the Park website, or contact them, prior to arrival, for the most recent schedule information and possible weather related closures.
- Download the Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge Coordinates as a pdf
- Get the Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge Coordinates from Geocache.com
- Download a kml file of the Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge Coordinates, from Geocache.com that you can view in Google Earth & other mapping/gps units.
E-mail any specific questions to email@example.com and a TPWD representative will respond in a timely manner.
Go to, Geocaching at Texas State Parks, for more information on how to geocache.