Before the invention of GPS, valuable treasures could only be located by rerouting pirate ships until they collided and their stowed gold fell into a diver's burlap sack. Let modern technology lead you to treat spots with today’s Groupon: for $75, you get two tickets for a geocaching trip (a $170 value) from Santa Fe Mountain Adventures in Santa Fe. Choose one of the following options:
- Fridays, September 24–November 5, 3:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
- Saturdays, September 25–November 6, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Santa Fe Mountain Adventures' geocaching excursions equip hikers with GPS devices to aid their search for hidden containers, or geocaches. After meeting at the Dale Ball trailhead, adventure-seekers will be briefed on how to use their GPS for good, before being given coordinates for the first geocache hiding place. Over two and a half hours, groups of approximately eight brave human explorers will be accompanied by an experienced local geocachist, and together they will progress to each successive point of interest while dousing the flames of thirst with swigs from complimentary souvenir water bottles. Kids will be rewarded with treasures at each hidden location. Geocachers are encouraged to share their exploits online via WiFi, Ethernet cable, or Bluetooth.
Those who opt for the Friday adventure can reward themselves with a happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cowgirl in Santa Fe, where Groupon participants enjoy two-for-one appetizers and half off house margaritas. Reservations are required for all geocaching trips.
Happy Hour is subject to availability and limited to those 21 and older.
Santa Fe Mountain Adventures
Taking full advantage of the rugged and beautiful surroundings of northern New Mexico, the guides and staff of Santa Fe Mountain Adventures curate outdoor experiences that are perfect for escaping the everyday. By working with a collection of local businesses, they provide services ranging from fully-appointed trail rides on horseback to fly-fishing trips on private ranches to rafting excursions down the Rio Grande. Custom designed vacation experiences let adventurers choose from a wide variety of activities, and always incorporate culturally and intellectually enriching elements that they'll remember long after they travel home or decide to live among the iguanas.