"In 2010, Forrest Fenn made two trips north out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and into the Rocky Mountains.
On the first journey, the art dealer carried with him a bronze Romanesque chest.
On the second trip, he brought a backpack filled with gold coins, gold nuggets, and gems.
Fenn says he filled the chest with the valuables and stashed it all somewhere in the massive mountain range. "
" Hints to the treasure's location (and even a map depicting New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana) are included in two of Fenn's books, "The Thrill of the Chase" and "Too Far to Walk." A poem by Fenn that advises the reader to "begin it where warm waters halt" is said to include nine clues.
"Read the clues in my poem over and over and study maps of the Rocky Mountains," Fenn said via email. "Try to marry the two. The treasure is out there waiting for the person who can make all the lines cross in the right spot."
This article has the map and poem:
"”I wanted to give the kids something to do,” he told Business Insider in February. “They spend too much time in the game room or playing with their little handheld texting machines.
“I hope parents will take their children camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.
“I hope they will fish, look for fossils, turn rotten logs over to see what’s under them, and look for my treasure.”
The man takes pride in his eccentricity and precision of word usage.
Many have been within 500 feet of the treasure and yet it remains unfound.
Think you're good at cracking codes? Read Forrest Fenn's poem with clues to the treasure:
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.
If you've been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.
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.
Chilly, NM is where to begin.
The tree referenced "the blaze" has been cut down.
Not far but too far to walk is 9 miles I believe.
I have a hard time believing no one has ever found it.
In an interview he mentioned "when you are close, you can see it".
An 80 year old man parked and hid his treasure and got back to his car in under 4 hours time.
That he carried the treasure in his arms was said by him in an interview, Gold is heavy, how far could an 80 year old carry that much weight?
It's fun, yes, but it could as easily be fiction as fact. More easily, in a literal sense; it would have been easier to get to where we are in the story today if the treasure never existed and Fenn were merely a convincing fabulist.
In order to have fun actually chasing this treasure, a person would have to do the "faith" thing, putting trust in an eccentric old man and believing that he's not laughing in his beard at the people stumbling through the mountains looking for something that might or might not ever have existed.
How I see it, anyway.
Here in Texas we have the Los Almagres Mine
It has been 190 years and there are still people actively looking for it.
There’s been equally as much written about Jim and Rezin P. Bowie’s search for the Los Almagres or San Saba Mines, as the mines themselves. Did the Bowie’s, really search?