ARIZONA STATE PARKS: For Immediate Release
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(Phoenix, Arizona - February 12, 2014) - On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Cattail Cove State Park hosts the 8th Annual "Geo Cache Desert Bash" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The "Geo-Cache Desert Bash" begins at 10 a.m. with a brief history about Global Positioning System (GPS). How GPS was conceived and the etiquette that goes along with the sport will be discussed. To participate, attendees should bring their GPS unit with them and have a basic understanding of how their GPS unit works.
Afterward, attendees are invited to treasure hunt to find more than 20 geo-cache sites. There will be hidden caches on various trails for hikers, along with several sites along the shoreline, and even a couple of sites dedicated to those who may be wheelchair bound. The Park encourages responsible geo-caching practices in all natural settings, including limiting graffiti, digging, trash, illegal off-road vehicle use, vandalism, or caches near archeological sites or commercial use.
Geo-caching began in 2000 after the Defense Department stopped scrambling the signals beamed to GPS receivers from military satellites, making it easier for recreational users to find specific locations. It has since grown in popularity for both families and corporate groups. "Geo" for geography and "cache" for hidden stash provides a fun opportunity to enjoy and explore the outdoors using a (GPS) receiver.
The regular park entrance fee will not be charged for this event. For more information call Cattail Cove State Park at (928) 855-1223 or visit AZStateParks.com. Cattail Cove State Park is located on State Route 95, 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Campsites with electricity are available for $26 a night. The beach, boat ramp and campsites offer a broad spectrum of activities including swimming, fishing, or just lounging around and relaxing.
For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703). Campsite or cave tour reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter and Facebook.