Colorado Land Management

Geocaching Colorado (GCCO) does not enforce the guidelines presented here. If you discover a cache is in violation of Land Management regulations, please contact the cache owner directly.
GCCO is not responsible for ensuring your cache is placed within the guidelines listed. It is up to the cache placer to follow the local guidelines.
The guidelines listed here are in addition to the guidelines set by Geocaching.com.

As the Geocaching.com guidelines spell out, you should ALWAYS research and follow any applicable land use restrictions before you plant a cache. Unfortunately this hasn't always occurred for caches on public lands, and as a result in some quarters geocaching has received a "black eye." Land managers surprised by unapproved caches tend to subsequently be suspicious of, if not outright hostile to geocaching -- so it's really in geocachers' interest to play by the rules.

Part of the problem might trace to an assumption that if caches already exist in an area, someone else must have already received permission and so additional caches must be allowed / unregulated. Additionally, since geocaching is a young activity, few jurisdictions openly (much less widely) publish their regulations on geocaching. Some land managers haven't even heard of the sport, and so have no existing regulations on it -- but understandably want to be involved in any new activity in the land they're responsible for.

Since gathering information on geocaching restrictions involves substantial legwork, this section of the GCCO web site is designed to maintain this material in one central place to avoid duplication of effort and encourage compliance with the regulations. If you want to place a cache in a jurisdiction that isn't covered here, you'll need to ask that jurisdiction for their regulations yourself (politely, please). When you receive information on regulations, please forward it to GCCO so we can subsequently document it here for others' use.

If geocachers "play nice" and follow the applicable rules, we should be able to pursue our sport while avoiding major headaches down the road (removed / junked caches, hostile land managers, etc.). The material on these pages should save both geocachers and land managers some time in the process.

Before hiding a cache, make sure you have read the Hiding a Geocache tutorial and reviewed the listing guidelines from geocaching.com.

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Bureau of Land Management: Geocaching is allowed on many BLM lands, but permission must be granted prior to placement.

National Parks Service : Geocaching is not allowed in National Parks. You may ask Park Managers for special permission.

US Forest Service : Geocaching is allowed in non-wilderness portions of National Forest land, but always ask Forest Managers before placing a cache.

US Fish & Wildlife Service: Geocaching is not allowed in Fish & Wildlife Service Lands (National Wildlife Refuges).

Local Land Management Guidelines