Utah treasure hunt underway for second year with bigger $  10,000 prize

John Maxim and David Cline launched the first Utah Treasure Hunt last year during the coronavirus pandemic. The pair buried $ 5,000 in the mountains last summer, but it was found only four days after the hunt started, Cline told Fox News.

“We just kind of sensed that morale was down as a community, just because everyone had been locked in for everything for a long time,” Cline told Fox. “And so we were like, man, what would be a safe, fun way to get people outside? And we just kind of thought, what about a treasure hunt?”

“We had no idea what kind of response we’d get,” he added.

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This year, Maxim and Cline upped the prize to $ 10,000 — which is “self-funded” — as well as a 10-ounce silver coin and “some fun stuff we threw in there,” Cline said. He and Maxim launched the hunt last week by posting a poem with hidden clues on Cline’s Instagram account. 

Just a week in, Cline told Fox: “It’s just blowing up.”

David Cline and John Maxim have hidden $  10,000 in cash in a treasure chest buried in Utah for their second annual treasure hunt. (Courtesy of David Cline)

David Cline and John Maxim have hidden $ 10,000 in cash in a treasure chest buried in Utah for their second annual treasure hunt. (Courtesy of David Cline)

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