Alaska’s First Official GeoTrail!
The KMTA GeoTrail is located within the Kenai Mountain-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area. This GeoTrail contains a total of 23 geocaches including 16 traditional geocaches, 4 multi-caches, 2 puzzle caches, and an Earthcache. One of the puzzle caches is a bonus cache tied to an Adventure Lab series located in Seward.
About the Region
This GeoTrail is located within the Kenai Mountain-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area. Be prepared for less-than-ideal or non-existent cell service: download offline maps to your phone for the region and be sure to save any caches you want to find to a downloaded Bookmark List. If you are not a premium member of geocaching.com and don’t have the ability to download lists, we recommend printing the cache pages of the caches you’d like to find.
KMTA’s mission is to recognize, preserve, and interpret the historic, scenic, natural resources, and cultural landscape of the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm historic transportation corridor. It is the only National Heritage Area in Alaska. National Heritage Areas are places where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes. Unlike national parks, National Heritage Areas are large lived-in landscapes. Consequently, National Heritage Area entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.
Take a tour of the KMTA National Heritage Area
Download our Passport Field Guide
Before you start your journey, you’ll need a copy of our Passport. This document is available as a PDF file or it may be viewed online. You’ll need to copy the code word(s) written inside of each geocache container you find along the GeoTrail. After you have completed the GeoTrail, you’ll be able to submit a photo or a PDF copy of your completed Passport to certify your completion of the GeoTrail. Anyone who finds at least 20 of the 23 geocaches is eligible to purchase a commemorative geocoin for the GeoTrail. Those who complete all 23 geocaches will also receive a free pathtag. Anyone may purchase KMTA GeoTrail pathtags, even if you haven’t visited the GeoTrail yet.
Download the 23 Geocaches
Most of the region around the KMTA GeoTrail is remote and outside of cellular services. You will need to download the geocaches to your handheld GPS or GPS-enabled device using an offline list, GPX file, or similar method of download. You will have access to cellular service with data in Girdwood, Seward, and the Cooper Landing areas. Most of the road in between these locations will have no service available.
Visit this sharable Bookmark LIst to see all of the geocaches on this GeoTrail, plus the events that have been associated with it: KMTA Bookmark List
Plan your trip
As this is a remote area of highway, you’ll want to spend some time pre-planning your trip. Fuel is available in Girdwood, Cooper Landing, and Seward, but nowhere in between. There is no cellular service in most of the area outside of these towns. Gear up, fuel up, buddy up, and get out there and enjoy some of Alaska’s outstanding scenery!
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