On July 3rd, over 5,000 geocachers from all over the world descended on the Botanical Gardens, Chatfield location in southwest Denver to participate in what has become the “world’s largest gathering of geocachers.” It’s a place where the most enthusiastic devotees to the game of geocaching can gather to celebrate their experiences and shared passion.
The Visit Utah GeoTour made a big presence this year at GeoWoodstock in Denver. A dedicated group of Utah geocachers, including several of our program’s volunteers helped bring awareness of our GeoTour to the world stage. The Utah geocaching community gathered in support of the program to distribute our Utah GeoPassports and to discuss with GeoWoodstock attendees why the Visit Utah GeoTour is growing to become one of the premier GeoTours in the world.
Early feedback has been very positive. Russell Ahlstrom submitted the following message: “We love the Geotour. We spent Friday through Monday for the holiday weekend working on this. We traveled 545 miles, were in the car for 15 hours and 13 minutes, and earned 7 county badges. Thanks for helping my family and me create wonderful memories and teaching our girls to love Utah and its history.”
GeoWoodstock is an annual event that Joe Armstrong, more commonly known as JoGPS, started in Louisville, KY in 2003. He originally intended it to be a national event, but as cachers from all over the world increasingly joined in the festivities, it quickly attained international status. It’s also considered the original “Mega-Event,” which is a geocaching event with 500 participants or more.
Now, the event is organized by the GeoWoodstock organizing committee. Much like the Olympics, it takes bids from local geocaching communities who’d like to host the event. For many cachers, it’s become an annual pilgrimage to convene with familiar faces, make new friends and visit new areas to explore and geocache.
Added cacher Bertha Shaver, “Loved the geotour. I appreciate all the work that has gone into planning and putting it together. Absolutely, this must not ever end. It will pay dividends for the state of Utah for generations to come.”