Utah Treasure Hunt 2023 releases first clue for $25,000 reward

May 31, 2023, 4:05 PM | Updated: 4:08 pm

A treasure chest filled with $20,000 is pictured during a press conference in the Best Buy parking ...

A treasure chest filled with $20,000 is pictured during a press conference in the Best Buy parking lot in South Salt Lake on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, as John Maxim and David Cline announce plans to hide the money in the Utah wilderness. (Deseret News/Kristin Murphy,)

(Deseret News/Kristin Murphy,)

The Utah Treasure Hunt 2023 has released its first poem clue for hunters looking for that $25,000 reward.

On Friday, the hosts, David Cline and John Maxim, released the first clue on the Utah Treasure Hunt website, saying that the chest containing the cash prize is hidden somewhere in Utah.

Here is the first clue:

Begin your search where time was transcendent. Crack open the books they’re interdependent. Lift up your eyes and look for the mark. Hike to the tree that stands without bark. Pass the grain tower that looks out to the west. Not more than an hour you’ll know by its crest. Look down at your map to not wander with thirst. Remember two less than on top of the first. You’ll know you’re close where it’s time to frown. What points towards heaven but is upside down? Get off the road at the airplane without wings. Search from the shoulder and fortune it will bring. (Utah Treasure Hunt)

According to the website, Cline and Maxim will release hints on their Instagram pages. You can also subscribe to an email list that will send out a hint every Friday.

The organizers said the treasure is in a safe area with cell phone service, so hunters will not have to go off trail, rock climb, or dig for the treasure.

“We want to remind everyone to treat the mountains and trails with the utmost respect and love. We are incredibly blessed to have some of the most beautiful mountains in the world right in our own backyard. Leave them cleaner than you found them,” stated the website.

Last year, three people found the $20,000 treasure at Ben Lomond Trail near North Ogden, Utah, just a week after the hunt began.

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Utah Treasure Hunt 2023 releases first clue for $25,000 reward