The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) are having a “geo-cache hike and hunt” 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 4 in the Midland Trail area off Highways 24/285 just east of Johnson Village.

The geo-cache quest includes several loops defined by five latitude/longitude points marked by a flag. Participants will be divided into teams of 4-6 people. Teams will be given a topographic map of their specific search area, and their geo-cache points must be discovered in a specific order.

One person on each team should be skilled in the use of a GPS device for field navigation. Also, at least one GPS unit per team is needed, so please bring a land navigational-type GPS if you have one. Participants, such as couples and families, can sign up together and be assigned to the same team.

The hunt will take approximately five hours including morning orientation and lunch. Once the adventure begins, trekkers will hike and explore in the midst of beautiful mountain and rugged canyon scenery with sweeping views of the upper Arkansas River valley.

Everyone is asked to wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, and bring a lunch and plenty of water. The event is free of charge, but attendees must have a valid Parks Pass to park at the AHRA Collegiate Peaks recreation site.

For more information and to register for this program, call AHRA at 719-539-7289 by Thursday, May 2.

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