Observing Earth Geocaching

Observing Earth - JPSS & Landsat in Lompoc GeoTour

Explore Lompoc, NOAA, and NASA invite you to commemorate the launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System’s JPSS-2 satellite from Vandenberg Space Force Base with an exciting, 2022 revamped GeoTour! With the addition of 8 new exciting caches (17 total), this adventure is sure to delight newcomers and veterans alike.

Celebrate by discovering unique science and space related geocaches in and around Lompoc, California. Prizes include a commemorative Geotours trackable JPSS coin for the first 250 cachers to complete, plus limited edition swag and souvenirs.

Lompoc is the best vantage point for all rocket launches on the West Coast. With unbridled lush hillsides, rich historic murals, a fully restored mission, and unique wine experiences, exploring space has never been this down to earth. Stay, cache, and play! Find moments that take you far beyond in Lompoc.

Watch the Geocaching Vlogger as he explores California's first and only Geotour in Lompoc, California! Serious cachers beware, this video contains a couple of small spoilers, but leaves plenty of mystery to be discovered.

What is GeoCaching?

A modern outdoor treasure hunt using a personal Smartphone or GPS device to locate hidden containers called “geocaches.” There are over 6 million geocachers worldwide and 3.1 million active geocaches!

How to Play

  • Download and print the official GeoTour passport below.
  • Go to and sign up for an account.
  • Download the Geocaching® app for your smartphone or load coordinates into your GPS device from Search by GeoTours and enter code GT4D3.
  • Find a GeoTour geocache and record the code word found in the cache container in the appropriate box on the passport.
  • Put the cache back where you found it.
  • Record your find on
  • Cache until you find all 17 geocaches to earn an official geocoin.
  • To receive your geocoin and other prizes, complete the survey on the back of your passport and bring it to the front desk of the Hilton Garden Inn Lompoc.

Completed a Previous Version of this Tour?

The Geocaching Vlogger Explores Lompoc!

If you have completed the earlier version of this GeoTour (Explore Lompoc History of Landsat GeoTour GT4AE), simply check the 9 applicable "previously completed" boxes in your new 2022 passport and show your previously completed digital souvenir when collecting your new coin and swag.

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For the geotour search for cache GT4D3.

For the adventure lab and bonus cache click here or search for cache GC9FH0K


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Looking for a Listen?

Tune in for the Living the Highlife in Lompoc episode of the Treasures of our Town podcast!

Learn About Landsat

For 50 years, Vandenberg Space Force Base in Lompoc has served as the home of the Landsat Program. During this half-century of change, the Landsat series of satellites have taught us so much about the planet we all call home — from a perspective far, far above. Landsat 9 launched September, 27 2021.

Learn about JPSS

NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) provides global observations that serve as the backbone of both short- and long-term forecasts, including those that help us predict and prepare for severe weather events. JPSS is scheduled to launch November 10, 2022 (subject to rescheduling.)

Upcoming JPSS/NASA Launch Events!

Lompoc has space to explore, and so many fun JPSS-2 launch events and activities during the month of October! Planning to stay? We'd be delighted to host you at one of our relaxing hotels.



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