Forrest Fenn has a passion for adventure and wants to share that with the world. After finding out his life would be short lived after being diagnosed with cancer, he decided to use some of his riches to bring families together, offer thrill and adventure and allow them to share the experience of a multi-state hunt for buried treasure. He has hidden million dollars worth of treasure, including gold and gems, somewhere north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The treasure was hidden in 2010 and is still waiting for one lucky person, or family, to find it!
The hidden treasures are estimated to be worth over $1 million, the gold coins and gems are cased in a solid treasure chest. Thousands of people have headed over to The Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas in the hunt for the treasure but no one has discovered the location of the treasure. Fenn wrote two books on the treasures locations and he claims if you put the pieces together, you will find the treasure (books below). He has also been on numerous news channels since hiding the treasure and has released many additional clues in addition to his two books. The location of the treasure still remains a mystery six years later. Even his wife is unaware of it’s location. Below we have included the original poem, the map from his one of Forrest Fenn’s books, where to buy his books, and all the clues he has released…
“As I have gone alone in there,
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.
Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.
From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.
So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know,
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak.
So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.”
Forrest Fenn’s book; The Thrill of the Chase, contains all the information one needs to find the treasure chest, you just have to put the pieces of the puzzle together and figure out the clues. The former art dealer has buried the treasure somewhere north of Santa Fe, where he lives. Here are the clues which have been shared by Fenn since he wrote his books:
- There’s no need digging in the old outhouses, the treasures’ not associated with any structure.
- It is not in Nevada.
- The treasure is not in a grave yard.
Forrest Fenn released this clue but it was more than likely a way to put a stop to treasure hunters disturbing grave sites after news reports came in of people digging up protected, or restricted areas.
- The treasure is higher than 5,000 feet above sea level.
- If you had the coordinates, you would be able to find the treasure.
This suggests the treasure is visible without moving anything.
- Take a flashlight and a sandwich.
- The treasure is not hidden in Idaho or Utah.
- The treasure is not in a mine.
- It is at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe.
- The treasure is hidden below 10,200 feet.
- It is more than 300 miles west of Toledo.
- I never said it was buried, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t.
- If I was standing where the treasure chest is, I’d see trees, I’d see mountains and I know the treasure chest is wet.
Forrest Fenn also claims he added a clue in a book he released after The Thrill of the Chase named Too Far To Walk. The map focuses on The Rocky Mountains but there has yet to be an official confirmation from Fenn as to whether or not this is where the treasure is located, although it’s safe to assume it is. Here’s the map from Fenn’s The Thrill of the Chase:
Based on the clues and the map from his book, the treasure could be located in one of four states. He stated the treasure is hidden at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe, NM. The Colorado border is approximately 100 miles north of Santa Fe. Now, subtract the 8.25 miles from the 100 miles and you will arrive at approximately 92 miles. So, 92 miles is the distance between the Colorado border and 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe, this means (if the treasure is in New Mexico) there is approximately a total search area of 8,500 square miles, just for New Mexico.
The next state is Colorado. The search area for Colorado goes above the 100,000 square mile mark, maybe less if you’re sticking to just The Rockies.
Montana and Wyoming are included in the search area but the main focus from treasure hunters seems to be on northern New Mexico and Colorado. The ‘300 miles west of Toledo’ clue may not hold much weight to it, especially if you’re focusing on the treasure being in the Rockies, but it does suggest there could be a broader search area which could include Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Having said that, everything points to New Mexico and Colorado and very few people have even taken any of the other state into consideration.
Of course, the chest being wet could be because of snow. To find the treasure, you will have to compile a list of possible locations which tick all the boxes from the poem’s clues and then work out a location to search by process of elimination. We have done just that and plan to visit a precise location this summer (2017) to see if we have correctly figured out the poem. We will update this article after our summer trip and let you know if we managed to find Forrest Fenn’s treasure chest.
Have you been on the hunt for Fenn’s treasure or are you considering it? Let us know in the comments below…