Utah Treasure Hunt 2021

Solve the poem for a chance at $10,000 in Utah

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June 19, 2021
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The Utah Treasure Hunt is an annual treasure created in the wake of the Covid pandemic to help searchers get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. This is the second year of the hunt and the prize has doubled to $10,000 for the 2021 installment. Last year's hunt was solved quickly in 4 days so the creators, David Cline and John Maxim, have created a more difficult poem for this year. Their hope is for the hunt to last longer than a few weeks.

The hunt is free for anyone and all you will need to get started is the poem that has been posted on their website and social media accounts. Solving the poem will lead you to a location in Utah where they have hidden a chest with $10,000. There will be additional clues released if the hunt lasts longer than a week and these will be posted to the creator's accounts on Instagram. @the.cline.fam @onthejohn

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The treasure chest was recovered on Monday, July 4th at around 3:00 PM near Heughs Canyon Trail in Holladay.

Head over to the treasure hunt's website here to read the poem. Be sure to follow @the.cline.fam and @onthejohn on Instagram to get weekly clues as they are revealed.

The Poem
Begin your search where hikers rest
Majestic slopes all facing west
Through the tunnel of emerald green
Follow the river creek or spring
When the black bird clicks turn port
If you reach the end you've come up short
Begin to climb when your path swings north
Picking your way back and forth
Soon you'll find you're not alone
Greet the bear made out of stone
Along the bottom of the cliffs is key
The chest awaits beneath the tree
With treasure in hand, enjoy the views
The sun kissed reds and salty blues

  • June 19, 2021: The treasure is located within the orange rectangle of the image below. Source
  • June 25, 2021: "Hint #1: The treasure isn't hidden at a ski resort." Source
  • June 25, 2021: "Hint #2: The treasure isn't buried 6 feet under. There is no need to dig holes throughout the entire wasatch front. You could use your hands to scrape dirt away but maybe bring a garden trowel." Source
  • June 29, 2021: "This was the clue found at Lava Hot Springs, by an epic treasure hunter who doesn't want you bombarding her with questions about how to solve this! FKMUHRJCQEITHK" Source
  • June 29, 2021: "@scott_eames_ legendary Treasure Hunter found this key that was left in Dallas. Matthew 6:21 is the key" Source
  • July 2, 2021: "Hint #1: From the time we parked the car to the time we arrived where the chest is hidden was approximately 1 hour." (Stopwatch stops at 8:31) Source
  • July 2, 2021: "Hint #2: None of the words in the poem are the same as trail names or prominent locations." Source
  • July 2, 2021: "Bonus Hint: XGAWOEJEGWGXABCTWXWGXY Hint to the hint: What line is the word key mentioned?" Source