10th Annual Geo-Cache Desert Bash at Cattail Cove State Park on March 12

February 25, 2016

PHOENIX - On Saturday, March 12, 2016, Cattail Cove State Park hosts the 10th Annual "Geo Cache Desert Bash" which is FREE to the public. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and events will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 10 a.m., Geo-Cache Desert Bash begins 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. Attendees who have a GPS unit are welcome to bring it but it is not a requirement to have your own GPS to attend.

Afterward, attendees are invited to treasure hunt to find more than 30 geocache 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. Please wear appropriate footwear for desert hiking and consider water and chairs for comfort. For those with a kayak, there will be a kayak loop. The Park encourages responsible geocaching practices in all natural settings, including limiting graffiti, digging, trash, illegal off-road vehicle use, vandalism, or caches near archaeological sites or commercial use.

Geocaching 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 cost of the event is FREE. For more information visit AZStateParks.com/parks/CACO or call Cattail Cove State Park at (928) 855-1223. Cattail Cove State Park is located on State Route 95, 15 miles south of Lake Havasu City. Campsites with electricity are available for $30 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 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 or (877)-MYPARKS. Campsite 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, Facebook and Instagram.

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