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NHMU’s Explorer Corps Asks, How Well Do You Know Utah?

SALT LAKE CITY — MAY 27, 2022 — How well do you know Utah? Did you know that Cache County is home to the oldest Rocky Mountain Juniper tree on earth? Or that the Nine Mile Canyon in Carbon County is actually 45 miles long? These are just two — out of 29 — lesser-known Utah facts just waiting for explorers of all ages to discover by participating in the Explorer Corps!

Back for 2022, the statewide adventure from the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) invites Utahns and visitors to test their Utah knowledge and get off the beaten path. Explorer Corps employs a digital smartphone app and a physical passport to direct users to a distinct physical marker placed in each of Utah’s 29 counties. All summer long, participants are invited to seek out these markers and follow their own path to see what makes each county—and all of Utah—so special.

“On top of everyone’s to-do list this summer is getting outside to enjoy Utah – the best state for outdoor recreation. I can think of no better way to do that than by searching for all 29 county markers,” said the NHMU’s executive director Jason Cryan. “The museum’s Explorer Corps has been designed to blur the line between an educational experience and outdoor adventure and we are grateful for all our partners – and explorers – who continue to bring it to life.”

Designed to celebrate Utah’s diverse natural history throughout state, Explorer Corps offers drive-by sightseeing, easy park-and-walk overlooks, a bit of off-roading and hiking, and some idyllic summer recreation spots to enjoy. Most markers will likely take explorers to places they’ve never been before, creating lasting memories and many chances to learn something new along the way. Anne Shaw, one of nearly two dozen of last summer’s participants who made it to all 29 county markers, certainly thought so.

“My husband and I are both lifelong Utahns, and thought we’d seen pretty much all there is to see,” Anne said. “Boy we were wrong! After the first couple of weekend trips to find markers, we were hooked. The drives were beautiful, the markers were just hard enough to find, and we learned something and made a fun memory in each new place. It was a great bonding experience for us.”

If that’s not enough incentive to hit the road, follow @NHMU on Instagram for weekly prize giveaways that include Cotopaxi shoulder bags, NHMU hats, Kuhl water bottles, and more. And don’t forget the Race to 29! Sweepstakes, which offers participants from anywhere the chance to win one of two week-long adventures in a luxury Winnebago from Kellville Vans.

“Our business is all about the joy of road trips, so we are thrilled to take part in Explorer Corps again this summer, and support its effort to spark everyone’s inner explorer,” said Teisa Linscott of Kellville Vans. “We’ve learned a lot about Utah’s fascinating natural history, and we’re proud to provide another incentive for folks to make memories on the road this summer.”

  Here's how to get involved with Explorer Corps:

Explorer Corps kicks off at 12 a.m. on Friday, May 27 and runs until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 5.

For more updates and information on the Natural History Museum of Utah’s Explorer Corps program, please visit

Join the fun on social media by sharing photos and experiences with the hashtag #ExplorerCorps!

Support for Explorer Corps 2022 is provided by the Utah Legislature, Utah Office of Tourism, and the State of Utah COVID-19 Local Assistance Matching Grant Program. Supporting partners include Kellville Vans, O.C. Tanner, Cotopaxi, Kühl, and Utah is Rad. NHMU remains grateful to Big D Construction for its foundational support.


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