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Monday, April 09, 2007

Utah State Parks Host GPS Treasure Hunt

A GPS treasure hunt is underway at state parks in Utah, to celebrate the state park system’s 50th anniversary.

The Salt Lake Tribune has details in this article. Here are excerpts:

"The agency has begun a geocaching contest that enables park visitors to use their own or borrowed global positioning systems (GPS) to find boxes containing prizes such as special commemorative 50th anniversary coins, bracelets and other trinkets hidden in 40 state parks."

"The boxes containing the treasures might be found anywhere inside a park. Three are on water and can be reached only by boat."

"To participate in Utah's program, treasure hunters first will log on to http://www.geocaching.com/ and put "Utah State Parks" in the site's search box. That will provide a list of longitude and latitude coordinates for geocaches at each of the park sites in Utah. Then, either by using their own GPS devices or borrowing one of 80 free devices available at state parks, participants can use the coordinates to find the boxes containing the treasures."

"At Antelope Island, for example, manager Ron Taylor said those trying to find the treasure must follow instructions that will lead to four different clues, which then must be unscrambled to find the actual site."

Read the complete article.

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