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Utah's treasure hunt is back at it with a kid-friendly version for families

Utah's treasure hunt is back at it with a kid-friendly version for families


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Two years ago, the world remembers business doors closing and staying home for months. But Utahns might remember the $5,000 treasure hunt that took the Wasatch Front by storm. In 2021, the prize money doubled. It was so popular, national news outlets picked up the story, including the New York Post and Fox News.

Organizers David Cline and John Maxim say the response from the community blew them away. "It restores your faith in humanity," said Maxim. "There are some truly amazing people that live all around us."

One of the most frequently asked questions they've received is if they would ever organize a treasure hunt geared towards kids.

Well kids, it's your lucky day.

Starting the first weekend of August, the junior hunt—geared toward children and families—will begin. "My favorite part of the Junior Hunt is that there isn't just one winner at the end. Every group that completes the hunt takes whatever is in the safe, and then leaves something for the next group," says Cline. Gift cards, cash, toys, candy, outdoor gear and even original art are just a few examples of things that have been left for other groups of hunters.

There are still a couple of precious weeks left before school starts, leaving just enough time for one last adventure. Whether you participate as a family, church group or friends, the Jr. Hunt is a great excuse to get outside and visit some great local spots in Salt Lake County.

And of course, like everything else Cline and Maxim do, it is completely free to participate. The best place to stay updated on the hunt is by subscribing to hunt's email list or by following Cline's and Maxim's Instagram accounts.

A few things to remember

The Jr. Treasure Hunt is set up like a scavenger hunt with QR codes you will need to scan in order to get the next clue. There are four total physical locations you will need to visit to complete it. After solving the first clue (which you will need a computer for) you should be able to complete the entire hunt in an afternoon.

One stop will require you to enter ankle-deep water to reach the QR code. It should feel refreshing in the heat, but wear the right shoes.

Although this hunt is geared for kids, anyone can do it. Don't forget whatever your group decides to leave for the next group needs to be able to fit inside of a safe.

Even if you don't have kids, the Jr. Hunt is a great warm-up for the $20,000 QR code hunt starting in a few short weeks. It will follow the same format—but far more difficult.

To get your first clue and start the Jr. Hunt, visit the Utah Treasure Hunts website.

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