If you're looking for a unique way to get out of the house and discover new places, geocaching is a great way to do so.

Geocaching combines exploring and treasure hunting into one fun activity, that people of all ages can partake in. The scavenger-hunt-style skilled game of sorts, was created in 2000, and has taken off since then.

The popular game uses GPS coordinates and brief clues to lead participants to a certain location, where a cache is hidden. Geocaches can vary in size and appearance. While playing, you'll see everything from large, clear plastic containers to film canisters to fake rocks with secret compartments. Once the cache is located, whoever finds it typically takes something that is already in the cache and leaves another small item behind. They also record the find in the log book that's located inside the container. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, caches are usually filled with low-priced trinkets—toys, books and random souvenirs.

There are thousands of active geocaches hidden all over the country, and millions across the world, so of course, people living in Fort Collins and all over northern Colorado can take part.

Not only can geocaching lead you to beautiful views and cool locations, but you could also come across new, local places you didn't even know existed. There's even geocaches hidden in several Colorado State Parks, including Lory State Park in Fort Collins and Boyd Lake State Park in Loveland. Best of all, it's completely free to play!

To get started on an adventure, here's where to find geocaches in the Fort Collins area.

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