Geocaching for Treasure

What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game for Global Positioning System (GPS) users to track the location of caches (treasures) all over the world and share the location coordinates online.

A cache location is entered as a "waypoint" to notify visitors where the geocache is hidden. Visitors are asked to leave something equally valuable for the next visitor.

What is a GPS tracking unit?

  • A GPS unit is a electronic device that can determine an approximate location (within 6 - 20 feet) on the planet Earth.
  • Coordinates are normally provided in Longitude and Latitude.
  • The unit can be used to navigate from one location to another.
  • Some units offer maps, built-in electronic compasses and voice navigation.
  • GPS units can be purchased online and at local outdoor sports stores.

What about caching in Olathe?
The City monitors
We reserve the right to remove any cache we feel inappropriate for any reason.

Placing Caches in Olathe

  • Caches should not interfere with any normal use of park facilities.
  • Caches are not permitted in park shelters, sports fields or playground areas.
  • Caches should not be placed in potentially dangerous locations such as storm culverts/drains or cliff areas.  
  • Caches should not be permanently attached to or buried at any park structure or natural feature.
  • Caches should not be placed in landscaped areas such as flower and shrub beds.
  • Vegetation and trees should not be cut, trimmed or altered.
  • Caches must be clearly marked.

Hunting Caches in Olathe

  • Be respectful of our community developed and natural park features.
  • Pick up litter and leave the park a better space.
  • Be courteous to fellow park patrons who are using trails or other park facilities.
  • Have fun and enjoy!


What is usually in a simple cache?
A logbook with information from the founder and notes from visitors.

Logbook information may include:

  • Nearby attractions
  • Coordinates to other unpublished caches
  • Jokes written by visitors.

Visitors should leave:

  • Information.  At the very least, leave the date and time the cache was visited.

What about a larger cache?
Larger caches may consist of items left in a waterproof bucket placed tastefully within the local terrain. The bucket may contain:

  • The logbook
  • Any number of items such as maps, books, software, hardware, CD's, videos, pictures, money, jewelry, tickets, antiques, tools, games, etc.
  • These items turn the cache into a true treasure hunt of items the founder or other visitors of the cache may have left.
  • Visitors who take something should always leave something, equal or greater, in value.
  • Items left in a bucket cache should be individually packaged in a clear zipped plastic bag for protection.

Interactive Mapping Applications

Use of the Interactive Mapping Application web sites is subject to the Terms of Use.

Planning | Information Technology Services (Olathe GIS) | Public Works (Engineering) | Parks and Rec
(Click on the map image or site name to open that application)


Parks and Rec

Permanent Outdoor Sculptures Tour (Story Map) 

Story maps provide a guided tour of locations with interactive images. This story map is a tour of the City of Olathe Permanent Sculpture collection. This web map is responsive - it will automatically adjust based on if you are viewing it with a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone.


Public Works

Construction Projects 

This site contains information about the current City of Olathe construction projects.

Snow Plow Information 

This site contains information about the City of Olathe snow routes and GPS locations of snow plows.  The location of the snow plows automatically updates every five minutes.

FEMA Flood Plain Information 

This site contains the FEMA floodplain information.

Street Maintenance Information 

This site contains detailed street maintenance information.

Storm Water Information 

This site contains detailed information about the city's storm water management system.


Information Technology Services - Olathe GIS

Olathe GIS - Map Viewer 

This site contains general information about Olathe. Find an address, locate a park, or view an aerial photo of Olathe. These are just a few of the commonly used features of this site. The layers of information displayed here represent what we consider to be our base map data.

City of Olathe Crime Map  

Olathe Police Department crime map with the ability to select a date range, filter by crime type and zoom in and out on any part of Olathe. This interactive web map is built on Google maps.



Benefit Districts Information  

This site combines benefit district information with planning and base map data for the City of Olathe.

Planning Information  

This site combines the Olathe base map data with map layers that provide specific information related to planning and development of areas within and adjacent to the City of Olathe. Some examples of the planning and development information include zoning classifications, district boundaries, planning case locations, and more.