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Helena, Montana is a geocacher’s dream.  DNF, Travel Bugs, TFTC, First to Find, Bug Hotels – we know your lingo and we’ve got you covered!  Helena, Montana has developed a GeoTour that highlights our engaging history, attractions and everything that makes Helena, well, Helena!  Click here for your geocaching.com cache listing for the GeoTour.

Helena, Montana is no novice when it comes to treasure hunts.  In July of 1864, four miners, down on their luck, gave it one “Last Chance” and struck it rich in Helena. The region, named Last Chance Gulch, grew almost overnight, producing an estimated (in today’s dollars) $3.6 billion in gold over a twenty-year period.

Nearly one hundred and fifty years later, Helena’s main street is still called Last Chance Gulch, but GPS units have replaced sluice boxes. In lieu of a gold vein, caches are hidden. Helena is booming with modern-day prospectors, geocachers.

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, half-way between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, Montana’s capital city of 30,000 residents has evolved into the region’s geocaching leader. The core of this reputation is the GeoTour, part of Groundspeak’s GeoTour program and created through a collaborative partnership between the Helena Tourism Alliance and the Capital City Cachers.

Highlighting the best of Helena, the GeoTour brings cachers to thirty-eight destinations including Two Camps Vista, where both Lewis & Clark camped along the Missouri River during different parts of their journey West. Others bring cachers to places like the historic and charming Last Chance Gulch Walking Mall, scenic Mount Helena and the Elkhorn Ghost Town.

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GeoTour Rules:

Come Cache, Play & Stay in Helena, Montana! Going into its 3rd season, our GeoTour has recently received an update. Please read the rules carefully as they have changed.


passportEarn 20 points to be eligible to receive our Helena GeoTour trackable tag through caching, playing, or staying in Helena. 

Earn 40 points to be eligible to receive our Capitol Building coin through more caching, playing, or staying in Helena. 

CACHE

Earn 1 point per code word uncovered. Write code words in the corresponding boxes on the passport. 35 caching points possible.

PLAY

Earn points by purchasing admission to a show or tour at participating Helena attractions. Points for playing are 2 points per admission purchased. Must show (or attach, if mailed) receipts when submitting GeoTour passport. Participating attractions:

STAY

Earn points by staying at one of Helena’s many hotel properties. Points for staying are 4 points per hotel room, per night. Must show (or attach, if mailed) receipts when submitting GeoTour passport.

HOW TO PLAY

  • Go to www.geocaching.com and sign up for an account.
  • Download the Geocaching® app for your smartphone or load coordinates into your GPS device from Geocaching.com.
  • Find a Helena GeoTour geocache and record the code word found in the cache container in the appropriate box on the passport.
  • Put the cache back where you found it.
  • Record your find on Geocaching.com.
  • Cache, Play & Stay until you have the required number of points to win an official geocoin.
  • To receive your geocoin, complete the survey on the back of this passport and return it to: Birds & Beasleys located at 2 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT OR Visit Helena Montana located at 105 Reeder’s Alley, Helena, MT. Level 1 trackable tags available to purchase at these locations, applicable to level 2 finishers only.
  • Original passport and receipt copies may be mailed to Visit Helena Montana to receive your geocoin. Mail to: 105 Reeder’s Alley, Helena, MT 59601.

Terms & Conditions
Helena GeoTour trackable geocoins are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. You must present or mail your original passport and receipts to receive your geocoin. Only one geocoin will be awarded per family/address per year (additional coins may be purchased). Visit Helena Montana is not responsible for passports lost in the mail. Participants assume all risks in seeking geocaches. Visit Helena Montana reserves the right to limit or revoke this offer at any time. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Get started by downloading and printing the GeoTour Passport.

Click here to print our grayscale Passport.

For a Geocaching.com map of the GeoTour click here.

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Lodging Discounts/Coupons

Comfort Suites Helena
$135.00 plus tax
1 Night Stay in a King or Double Queen Suite
Complimentary Deluxe Hot Breakfast
Boxed Snacks and water for the day
Geo Tour –“ Stash the Loot Box “
Geo Tour Water Bottle and flashlight

May-September
*subject to availability

Hampton Inn Helena
15% for cachers doing the GeoTour and geocaching America’s #1 Geocaching Town!
Available year-round.

Reward yourself with a cache of discounts and deals, along with discovering a wealth of geocaches throughout Helena and the surrounding area. Choose the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Helena Great Northern Hotel as your Geocaching headquarters. With a deluxe breakfast bar every morning, sundry shoppe, pool, 24-hour fitness center, nearby restaurants, and several geocaches within walking distance we have everything you need to make us your base camp for your geocaching adventure! Included are a Helena GeoTour water bottle and flashlight. TFTGNS (that’s geocaching for Thanks For The Good Nights Sleep!) To book a room at 13% off our Best Available Rate please visit www.gnhotelhelena.com and click on the “Discounts & Packages” Tab

Residence Inn by Marriott
15% for cachers doing the GeoTour and geocaching America’s #1 Geocaching Town!

Available year-round.

If you’re looking for a hotel that’s easy on the budget, we’ve got you covered so you can spend more money on your next GPS! The Quality Inn is located near I-15 so all the GeoTour caches will be central to your location. And, we’ve got a speedy WiFi signal so uploading your caches at the of the day will be easier than it was to find the caches. Our geocaching package includes a great rate, geotour water bottle and flashlights. Book here with code RGEO or call the hotel directly at (406) 442-3064

At the Days Inn Helena, our made-to-order breakfast is going to be the great start to your geocaching day. With a couple of caches just a short jaunt from the hotel, you won’t even need your car to do these two caches. Our package includes an excellent rate and a geotour care package with water bottles and flashlights. Make the Days Inn your geocaching headquarters! Must call hotel for package: (406) 442-3280.

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