Adventure Awaits in Vernal, Utah

Starting July 26th, 2024

 

How would $10,000 change your life? Outlaw’s Lost Treasure Hunt is back! Once again this summer, one clever team of hunters will take home a life-changing prize, but only after solving all of our cryptic clues faster than any of the thousands of other hunter’s searching for the same cache.

Butch Cassidy and his gang roamed Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah including the Uintah Basin. His gang hid away many of their ill gotten gains to keep the Sheriff or other bandits from seizing it.

This year, we’ve located a $10,000 treasure carefully tucked away by clever outlaws. Only one team will take home the loot.

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  1. Outlaws Lost Treasure hunt begins at 9am on Friday, July 26th. Start by scanning the QR code at Robber’s Roost 43 S. 100 W.
  2. The hints will be released through text first. You can sign up more than one teammate to receive the texts. Also, the hints will be released on this website, Instagram, FaceBook, and Twitter shortly after the text.
  3. The Outlaw’s Lost Treasure Hunt is designed to be completed within three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). If needed, hints and insights will be released to ensure the treasure is found by the evening of Sunday, July 28th.
  4. The hunt is free to play. The event is sponsored by Uintah County Tourism, RedExit Escapes, Wendy’s, Ashley Regional Hospital, Strata Networks, Vernal City, The Healthy and Active Committee, Uintah County Library & Heritage Museum, Uintah County History Center, USSD1, TriCounty Health and Ducimus Digital Solutions.
  5. Teams can be of any size. Although the hunt is free, each team will register for a team number when they pick up their first clue by scanning the code at Outlaw’s Blue Moon Saloon at 43 S. 100 W. Keep note of your team number and PIN. You will use it frequently to track your progress and enter codes.
  6. All puzzles, hints and treasures are located within Uintah County or online. All roads necessary to travel on can be driven in a standard car or sedan. All puzzles, hints and the final key are located within 20 miles of downtown Vernal. If you drive further than 20 miles, it is unnecessary and there is an easier way to solve the puzzle.
  7. The final treasure loot is not buried. You will not need to dig or use shovels or a pick ax to access the secret key. It may be covered but can be easily retrieved. The location is easy to access and does NOT require specialized equipment such as repelling gear, wet suits, caving equipment, etc.
  8. Puzzles will require online research. Be prepared to use the internet. Participants may want to familiarize how to use the Uintah County history center website. All online information is available for free. Players do not need to purchase subscriptions to find information.
  9. Players of any age are welcome, however the puzzles are difficult and will require high level problem solving. The skill level required to conquer the puzzles is more difficult than an advanced, difficult escape room. Young children will be challenged.
  10. Obey all traffic and other laws. Players are responsible for any fines or fees.
  11. Be respectful of others, property and buildings. The hints and final loot are not located within a fee pay area such as a State Park or Dinosaur National Monument. There is NOT a need to access private property such as a house or farm. All locations are on publicly accessible property.
  12. As you progress throughout the hunt, you will discover puzzles and clues. You can access a list of any puzzles and clues including timed clues for your team you at outlawslosttreasure.com/collection.
  13. Vandals will be promptly turned into Vernal police or Sheriff department.
  14. The hunt is created and organized by John Batty, Bridget Lake and Quinn Bennion. This closed committee has implemented extreme measures to keep the puzzles and clues confidential and secure. Immediate family members of the committee (parents, children, siblings and immediate in-laws) are ineligible to play the hunt. Extended family members are eligible to play the hunt (after all, half the valley is related to a Batty).

Updates

History Moment 13 of 20

History Moment 13 of 20

On April 26, 1898, Together Butch Cassidy and Elza Lay came upon the Darling ranch just outside of Vernal with some chickens outside. Hungry, Butch proceeded to shoot the heads off several chickens as he rode in the yard. Mrs. Darling came screaming out of the house...

History Moment 12 of 20

History Moment 12 of 20

On August 2, 1896, Normally elusive Matt Warner was ambushed by three men while he was helping a miner move his camp in the Uintas in Eastern Utah. Warner, whose horse was shot out from under him, returned fire, killing two of the men and severely injuring the third....

History Moment 11 of 20

History Moment 11 of 20

Dry Fork Gunflight In the 1880s the Dyer Mine was successfully mining thousands of pounds of copper ore from its mine in the Uinta Mountains. The success of the Dyer Mine led to nearly every man in the territory itching to find copper and to get rich. In nearby Dry...

History Moment 10 of 20

History Moment 10 of 20

Shortly after being released from prison in Laramie, Wyoming for stealing horses, Butch Cassidy purchased a Colt Single Action Army Revolver from the Ashley Co-Op which was a hardware store located on Vernal's Main Street in 1896. In the early 1900's in an...

History Moment 9 of 20

History Moment 9 of 20

On June 24, 1889, Slippery Butch Cassidy (born April 13, 1866) Only 22 years old, would graduate from a cattle rustler to a bank robber and into the Old West Outlaw history books. Paired up with accomplices Matt Warner, and Matt's brother-in-law Tom McCarty; they...

History Moment 8 of 20

History Moment 8 of 20

Matt Warner (born April 12, 1864) Yielding a book of his life - one of the few outlaws of the Old West to chronicle his life. His book, "Last of the Bandit Riders," (copyright 19 July 1940) Partly was serialized in Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1938, a few months before...

History Moment 7 of 20

History Moment 7 of 20

Elza Lay (named William Ellsworth at birth in 1868) was a close outlaw friend to Butch Cassidy. Many people consider Elza to be Butch's best friend. Elza participated in many robberies with the Wild Bunch. He first met Butch Cassidy in 1889, while working on a ranch...

History Moment 6 of 20

History Moment 6 of 20

Born in Pennsylvania on September 2, 1867, Reckless Harry Alozo Longabaugh (AKA the Sundance Kid) moved to Cortez, Colorado with his cousin when he was only 15. In Colorado, he found work as a wrangler and learned to buy and breed horses. When Harry was twenty he...

History Moment 5 of 20

History Moment 5 of 20

Harvey Logan (AKA Kid Curry) has often been referred to as "the wildest of the Wild Bunch." During his life he was wanted on warrants for 15 murders, but it is generally said that he had killed more than twice that number. William Pinkerton, head of the Pinkerton...

History Moment 4 of 20

History Moment 4 of 20

Ben Kilpatrick (AKA "The Tall Texan") originally worked as a cowboy for a time in Texas and became acquainted with the Ketchum Gang. Born on January 5, 1874 Advanced in life in Coleman County, TX. After a failed train robbery in New Mexico he fled to Robber's Roost...

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost to participate?

Free to play, but it is recommended that you register your email to receive updates and hints during play. Thanks to our sponsors for making this possible.

 

Can I play if I’m not physically in Vernal?

Portions of the riddles can be done at home, but several of the clues require that a member of your team physically be in the Vernal area.

Can children participate?

Yes. Players of any age are welcome, however the puzzles are difficult and will require high level problem solving. The skill level required to conquer the puzzles is more difficult than an advanced, difficult escape room. Young children will be challenged.

Where can I find travel and lodging info for the area?

Head on over to dinoland.com for information on dining, camping, lodging, and local attractions in the area.

 

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