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Forrest Fenn's Treasure Hunt

Photo of Forrest Fenn's Treasure Chest

Photo of Forrest Fenn's Treasure Chest

My Thoughts and Ideas

I have personally been following Forrest Fenn's treasure hunt or "The Chase" now for a while. I've actually known about it since the beginning because I remember quickly reading the poem, suggesting a few options and then dismissing everything, forgetting about the hunt and moving on with life.

Another couple years later I started to read more about it, as well as other treasure hunts. It became a focus of mine, and a hobby. I'd look at maps constantly. I would rehearse the poem in my mind over and over, I looked on forums and even joined some groups.

There were many times i thought i was until I started to realize I thought I was close in a number of areas that were very far from one another.

The clues are definitely deceiving. There are times i wonder if Forrest is just a cook that came up with these clues that make perfect sense to him but are still somewhat misleading or "curve balls" of sorts. Then I remember that he says he took close to 10 years to write his poem and it makes me wonder if he actually took the time and effort he claims he did with his clues.

I feel like he know there are many places throughout the map, even in the small section of the world that occupies the Rocky Mountains that can fit some of his clues.

If you've read his books, especially the first one that alludes to various places, you can find yourself bopping from here to there across the map, certain that you've found the place he's talking about. If you use Google Earth or Google Maps you can find places within a reasonable distance that mark other possible places in his poem.

There are multiple places on the map that make sense in the poem. You can chart places within an hour or two driving distance and convince yourself you have the solve.

I feel like searchers can go through stages, depending on the type of searcher they are. For instance, there are the "willy nilly-type" searchers that come across the poem or stories or the treasure hunt and come up with a quick solution, only to find out they've been mistaken and it takes too much effort to search any further so they give up. Then there are those that search for a bit, maybe over some caffeine or alcohol and believe they've solved the puzzle and start posting it online or start to message there friends about a "road trip" or grand adventure that involves finding Forrest Fenn's treasure. There are the types that spend the free time they have searching maps, forums and chats, trying to solves the poem without posting anything themselves, so as to not give anything away. There are also the types that have recruited friends to help, used computing programs and advanced math, and the list goes on. Some people have been using various methods of trying to crack the poem for years. So far, nobody has found the treasure.

I remember times when I thought i was close and I kept watching the news, certain that someone would find it.

I wonder if Forrest has provided the correct clues, or if he is certain that people other than himself can figure out the clues.

I believe there is a trick to reading the poem. It's not so much in searching the maps as it is interpreting the poem correctly.

Map of Rocky Mountains U.S.

Map of Rocky Mountains U.S.

The Thrill of the Chase

Forrest Fenn is an art and antiquities collector that wrote a poem which he says will lead readers to a treasure chest that he hid in the Rocky Mountains.

The poem is said to contain 9 clues that, if solved correctly, will lead someone to the location of the hidden riches. The chest is a treasure in itself and Forrest is said to have paid around $25,000 for it. It's an antique bronze chest that Forrest says contains gold nuggets, old coins, jewels, and several antique pieces. The value of the chest has been estimated to be worth anywhere from around 1 million to several million dollars. Thousands of people have hunted for the treasure since 2010 but it's still out there.

In the 1980s, Forrest Fenn was diagnosed with cancer and given only a 20% chance to survive the next three years. He essentially decided he wanted to go out with a bang and die while clutching his treasure chest. What a way to go! Luckily he survived and is still alive today. He decided to hide his treasure anyway and so far nobody has located it.

In addition to the poem which he provided in his memoir "The Thrill of the Chase," Forrest has provided a map. He placed the map in his book "Too Far to Walk." He has also claimed that readers could find hints in his book, "The Thrill of the Chase". Forrest Fenn quotes can also be found around the web. Just try to check the reference for the quotes you find to ensure they're authentic.

This page is intended to inspire and help those who are hunting for Fenn's treasure.

You can read the poem below and see if it leads you to the hidden gold and jewels. Forrest has stated that all one needs to find the treasure is the poem (and a good map).

A turquiose bracelet that Forrest left in the treasure chest

A turquiose bracelet that Forrest left in the treasure chest

The Poem

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.

The Map

Forrest Fenn's Treasure Map

Forrest Fenn's Treasure Map

Hints to Help Find the Treasure

The following list contains hints that may or may not help you in your quest to find the treasure. All of the following are hints that Forrest has given, some of them are quotes from Fenn.


  • The treasure is hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, north of Santa Fe (by at least 8.25 miles)
  • The treasure is not in Idaho, Utah, or Canada
  • It is above 5000 ft and below 10200 ft in elevation
  • Forrest has said that a child could solve his poem
  • When asked if a little girl from India could get the treasure, Forrest replied that she would not be able to make it past the first couple of clues
  • It is not under water
  • It is not associated with a structure
  • It is not in a cemetery
  • It is not in a cave or mine
  • It is likely wet
  • Forrest has said that there are 9 clues in the poem
  • Forrest has said that he hid the chest when he was 79 or 80 years old
  • The place where the treasure is located is special to Forrest and he planned to die there
  • Forrest says the first clue is "where warm waters halt"
  • "where warm waters halt" is not a dam
  • There is no man-made trail in very close proximity to the chest
  • It seems logical to me that a deep thinking treasure searcher could use logic to determine an important clue to the location of the treasure. Is someone doing that now and I don’t know it? It’s not what they say on the blogs that may be significant, it’s what they whisper. f”
  • Forrest made two trips from his car in one afternoon to hide the treasure.
  • People have been within a couple hundred feet of the treasure
  • The treasure is located somewhere on the map that is provided in the book "Too Far to Walk"
  • Forrest has said, "nobody to my uncertain knowledge has analyzed one important possibility related to the winning solve."
  • The chest and its contents weigh over 40 lbs
  • Forrest stated, “The person who finds the treasure will have studied the poem over and over, and thought, and analyzed and moved with confidence.Nothing about it will be accidental.”
  • When asked if the "blaze" was a single object, Forrest replied, “In a word -Yes”
  • Forrest has stated that no special equipment is needed to find the treasure
  • Forrest says to not "overcook" his poem
  • When asked if the clues existed when Forrest was a child, and whether they would still exist in 100 or 1000 years, Forrest replied, “The clues did not exist when I was a kid but most of the places the clues refer to did. I think they might still exist in 100 years but the geography probably will change before we reach the next millennia.”
  • The treasure is not is a dangerous, life-threatening location
  • Forrest spent years writing the poem and has said that he felt like an architect while writing it. He claims that each word and the punctuation throughout his poem was intentionally placed
  • "Many are giving serious thought to the clues in my poem, but only a few are in tight focus with a word that is key."

Interesting Things Forrest Fenn Has Talked About

This is a list of things that Forrest Fenn has talked about either in his books, forums, during interviews or otherwise. Some of the following are quotes by Forrest. Some of these may mean nothing at all or they may help someone to find Forrest's hidden treasure. All of his stories, or the things he likes to talk about, are interesting nonetheless.

Forrest has said that his favorite color is blue. He states this in his newest memoir Once Upon a While.

Forrest mentions how he used his thumb to cover up all of Philedelphia from his airplane. Some searches believe this may be a hint to one of the clues in finding the treasure. He mentions this in his first memoir The Thrill of the Chase.

Another mention of "covering" something up occurs in The Thrill of the Chase when he talks about the cashier in the Borders bookstore he visits. He says that as she took a sip of her coffee the cup nearly covered her entire face.

Forrest talks about several instances of when it rained. He has mentioned several times that it "was raing when _____."

Forrest has made several statements in which he mentioned Thor.

Forrest has said that he would like to get the turquoise bracelet back that he left in the chest



Forrest Fenn Interview at Moby Dickens Book Shop 2013

Lorene Mills Interviews Forrest Fenn 2011