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Montana Geocaching: Modern Mining

Geocaching in The Treasure State

Montana’s motto is “The Treasure State.”  While horses, cattle and cowboys are essential to the ethos of a luxury guest ranch, many Montana ranches started out as mining claims. The Ranch at Rock Creek is no exception.

A group of guests goes hiking through wildflower meadows at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana

As the gold rush hit the west coast in the 19th century, Granite County, Montana experienced a silver boom. For over 100 years, miners and cowboys lived side-by-side, working the land in different ways.

Thankfully, this history is still a part of The Ranch at Rock Creek. Although the silver mines are all but dry, guests get the chance to take on modern treasure hunting—geocaching.

The Little Grizzlies Kids Club goes geocaching in the fields around Rock Creek

Geocaching (pronounced “gee-oh-cashing”) is a real-world, outdoor tracking game using GPS-enabled devices. It is a quest that takes place on the remote Montana trails and along the banks of our blue ribbon fly-fishing stream.

“Hiking with a purpose” allows guests of all ages to search through The Ranch, as well as Bureau of Land Management and National Forest land, using GPS clues. When the group or individual uncovers the hidden container at one location, then they use the GPS unit to discover other boxes. The clues assemble to reveal a secret message.

Corporate retreats feature team building activities like hiking, geocaching and the ropes course

Adult geocaching is available in intermediate or expert ability levels. For children, the Little Grizzlies Kids Club offers a scavenger hunt with six boxes closer to The Granite Lodge. Corporate groups, family reunions and even bridal parties can design special games and team activities with caches containing customized messages. A spirited geocaching hunt and a ropes course challenge provide excellent opportunities for team building and friendly competition.

Three guests take a winter hike to view Montana's mountaintop vistas

Available year-round, geocaching in Montana is just as viable by cross country skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles as with hiking boots. Anyone with a pioneering spirit will enjoy the combination of nature, history, geography and picturesque beauty involved in the hunt.


For more inspiration, view our Top 10 bucket list adventures at The Ranch at Rock Creek.