Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt patch

The Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Grab your family, your cellphone and a selfie stick, and get ready to explore Texas all summer long.

Summer is calling, and the Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt — now in its fourth year — is here to help you explore. It’s a great opportunity to discover something new about the place we call home. 


Buc-ees Cap

Complete every GOSH 2023 challenge in a specific region and you'll win a Buc-ee's logo hat (styles may vary). You’ll also be entered into a drawing to win a regional prize pack, courtesy of our GOSH sponsors.

Complete every statewide challenge in this year's GOSH and you'll be entered into a drawing to win one of four grand prizes courtesy of Whole Earth Provision Co. and the Texas Historical Commission.

GSI two burner camp stove

GSI Pinnacle 2 Burner Stove courtesy of

whole earth logo
Red Osprey backack

Osprey Talon 36 S/M Cosmic Red frame backpack courtesy of

whole earth logo
wooden longhorn sculpture

Ironwood carved longhorn sculpture courtesy of

Texas Historical Commission logo
pen and knife set

Knife & Pen set in engraved wooden box courtesy of

Texas Historical Commission logo

Get Started

Sign up here, then visit one or more GOSH locations across seven regions of Texas. Each site includes selfie instructions, so grab your phone or digital camera and snap a photo of yourself as described in the entry. You can upload your photos from the GOSH link on our homepage, or post them on your Twitter or Instagram (public profile) with #GOSH2023 to share the fun.

Conquer a Region

Complete all activities in a region and you’ll get a downloadable certificate commemorating your achievement, along with a shout-out in a future issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine in which we’ll salute our GOSH participants.

For example, to complete the Panhandle region, you'll need to upload a total of five selfies, one corresponding to each of the tasks on pages 46–47 of the June 2023 issue of the magazine, or in the Panhandle section of the app or website (link below). Complete all activities across multiple regions — but not the entire state — and you’ll have additional bragging rights, although the prize is the same.

Be a GOSH Guru

Complete every activity on this year’s hunt by the deadline, and you’ll win the ultimate GOSH bragging rights and the admiration of the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine staff.

For complete rules click here. You'll find all the GOSH challenges (along with driving directions) via the links below. You can also take GOSH with you all summer long when you download our magazine app for iOS or Android (it's free!). GOSH 2023 ends at midnight on Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2023.

Explore by Region

Click on a patch below to browse regional GOSH locations

Central Texas patch
Dallas Fort Worth patch
East Texas Patch
Houston Patch
Panhandle Patch
South Texas Patch
West Texas patch
Grand adventures in state parks (GASP!) patch