So I have recently become fascinated with the idea of the Treasure of Forrest Fenn. For those that don’t know (which I’m assuming is most of you) Forrest Fenn is an art dealer out west that was diagnosed with cancer in 1988. Being already filthy bloody rich he had the same idea any of us would. He would fill a bronze chest dating back to the Roman period with $3 million dollars in gold coins, jewels and gemstones and burry it out in the Rocky mountains.
After he buried the treasure Forrest wrote a poem that has nine clues to the location of the treasure. When put together in order they form a kind of verbal treasure map.
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 answer 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.
In March 2013, he revealed that the treasure was hidden in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe and 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above sea-level.
On March 27, 2013 Forrest Fenn’s 11th clue was revealed. “No need to dig up the old outhouses, the treasure is not associated with any structure.”
On May 3, 2013, Fenn was interviewed to reveal “The treasure is not in a graveyard.” This was in response to an arrest of a treasure seeker the previous month.
In September 2013, Fenn announced the publication of a new book, Too Far to Walk, containing a pullout map of the area surrounding the treasure. I have a location I think it is and look to go out and take a stab at it myself.