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Grand Lake Geocaching Challenge marks start of Park centennial

Sky-Hi News staff report

GRAND LAKE — In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce will launch the Grand Lake Geocaching Challenge on Thursday, Sept. 4, the 99th anniversary of the park.

The challenge will be a yearlong event involving a high-tech treasure hunt in and around Grand Lake for geocaches of all shapes and sizes. Sign up for this free activity at http://www.geocaching.com .

Using a GPS device or your smart phone and the GPS coordinates provided, challengers can locate up to 34 geocache locations around the town as well as 39 Earth and Virtual caches inside Rocky Mountain National Park. When the challenger finds at least 10 geocaches in the Grand Lake area, the Chamber will award the 100th anniversary commemorative wooden coin with the Centennial and Grand Lake logos imprinted on each side

Free Grand Lake Geocaching Passports may be obtained at the Grand Lake Visitors Center starting Sept. 4.

Park celebration

A Kick-off Ice Cream Social will take place on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 1-3 p.m. to get the Park's centennial off to a sweet start.

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The event will be held at the Holzwarth Historic Site. However, visitors must board a shuttle bus from the Grand Lake Town Hall or the Kawuneeche Visitor Center to attend. Buses will begin service at noon and will continue through 5:00 p.m. For both events, visitors are encouraged to be at bus stops as close to noon as possible to ensure timely arrival at the event.

Special guests, music, activities, and treats will round out the two-hour events.

Check the Park website, http://www.nps.gov/romo/, regularly or follow the Park on social media @Rockynps for updates on 100th Anniversary events and planning.

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