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The Forrest Fenn Treasure Hunt

"Take it in the canyon down, put in below the home of Brown"

The Treasure sits below the Blaze and Sheep don't like to Cross a Creek


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Forrest said, "Simplify if you can. That's good advice"

The Forrest Fenn treasure (Indulgence) has been valued over $1,000,000. The chest itself is a 12th century Romanesque hand-sculpted bronze lock box valued at over $30,000. The paragraph below describes the contents in the chest

What is in the treasure chest called Indulgence? - 265 gold coins, Hundreds of small gold nuggets, 3 bigger gold nuggets, A Gold Dragon Bracelet covered in diamonds, Lots of Diamonds, Several Emeralds, Ancient Chinese carved jade faces, a turquoise and silver bracelet with 22 pre-historic beads, Mayan Gold Beads, Gold frogs, lots of diamonds, a gold Turquoise Necklass, 2 Ceylon sapphires, hundreds of rubies, gold nose rings, pre-Columbian gold mirrors, Tayrona and Sinu necklace about 2,500 years old, an autobiography in a bottle, pre-Columbian Wak’as, a bottle of gold dust, a Spanish 17th Century ring, and finally there is one thing Forrest Fenn has said is in the chest which is a surprise. I had help compiling this listing from TarryScant.Com. The treasure chest itself is worth approximately $30,000 and is described in my picture above.



Background Information - Forrest Fenn and his wife Peggy moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1972 after he retired from 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. His intention was to live there and begin a new business as an art dealer. He did exactly that, and over the next few decades he became well known in the art world. Over the years his business grew and Forrest became a multi-millionaire success story. Forrest has always been a collector of rare art and artifacts. His entire story is detailed in the book "The Thrill of the Chase" a memoir by Forrest Fenn. Forrest is a good writer, and tells stories of his life. He has also dropped a few hints in these stories which assist searchers.

In 1988 Forrest was diagnosed with cancer, and was given a grim prognosis He had 5 surgeries and was told he had a 20% chance of living up to 3 years. He decided a few days later to take some of the treasures he had been collecting over the years, and stash them in a bronze chest somewhere special in the Rocky Mountains for others to find through his POEM. He thought maybe he would be able to observe for awhile, and assumed after he died they would still be looking for it. Over the years that followed his decision, he saw his cancer go into remission and finally disappear altogether.

Forrest finally hid his amazing treasure sometime in the summer of 2009 or 2010, in a secret location which he describes as a very special place to him. He is the only living person who knows the location where the treasure chest is hidden. He has written 3 books since the chest was hidden. "The Thrill of the Chase", "too far to walk", and "ONCE UPON A WHILE". He does not receive profits from the sale of his books, but donates to charity through the bookstore where they are offered. His books can be ordered directly through the Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, NM.

The four eligible states where the treasure chest may be hidden are New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, within the Rockies, above 5,000 ft and below 10,200 ft. Below is a map of the eligible areas published by Forrest in his book, "too far to walk". Forrest Fenn's website is called Old Santa Fe Trading Co.

Since it has been over 7 years since Forrest hid the treasure in the Rockies, we don't hear much from him in new posts or interviews. However there was one recently on ABC News Nightline. If you would like to see the program view it here Nightline Deadly Treasure. During the interview part of the video, he makes the comment, "Try to simplify if you can. That's good advice." Then ABC released a short documentary about the Fenn Treasure. Somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.



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A Treasure Chest full of Gold and rare gems, worth more than $1,000,000 somewhere on the map to the right. Think about that for a minute...
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About the Treasure Chest

Located above 5,000 ft and below 10,200 ft
At least 8.25 miles North of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Not in grave yard
Not in out house…..not associated with a structure
Not in a mine, tunnel, or cave
Where warm waters halt is not a dam
Chest and contents weigh 42 to 44 lbs
Chest is 10x10x5 inches and made of Bronze
chest is hidden somewhere on the map
The treasure is in one of 4 states: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado or New Mexico

Forrest Said

Will the poem lead you to the treasure? “Yes if you know where to start.”
“There isn’t a human trail in very close proximaty to where I hid the treasure.f”
“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”
Are there subtle hints in the TTOTC book? “Yes, if you can recognize them.”
“All of the information you need to find the treasure is in the poem. The chapters in my book have very subtle hints but are not deliberately placed to aid the seeker. Good luck in the search.” More clues at The Cheat Sheet (Thrill of the Chase Blog)


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It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of searchers have been out in the 4 state region for over 7 years looking for the treasure since the release of the POEM and the first book, "The Thrill of the Chase". In spite of all the numbers of folks searching, no one has yet found the treasure as far as anyone knows. There are many websites created by searchers and fans to bring community to the hunt. His famous POEM does not have a title, so most people refer to is as "Forrest Fenn's Poem". He has stated that the POEM is not a cryptogram with hidden numerical values for longitude or latitude. He has clearly stated, "Don't mess with my poem". Forrest has also stated that a person with a good imagination and resolve, a good map or Google Earth could find the treasure by figuring out the POEM.


Extra Advice and Information

If you decide to search for the Fenn Treasure, please practice safety first. Keep your young ones close, and be mindful of state and local regulations for hiking and camping. Remember, Forrest Fenn was 79 or 80 years old when he hid his treasure chest, so there is no need to place your life in danger scaling cliffs, jumping into deep water or other dangerous activities. Safety first is the motto for the search. Forrest himself has said similar things in his comments about the Chase.


What are these items appearing beneath a big rock in the mountains? I won't say where, but I found the rock searching on Google Earth (in a special place) and the reflected light from outside is all that illuminates the items. What I see is very interesting, and in a few days I will be going to see it up close. It is in the middle of nowhere, 65 miles from any town, ranger station or camping area. Where this is located, the other clues in Fenn's poem seem to line up. Let's get there!

Forrest intended for many people to have great times getting out in the mountains seeking his treasure, but to do it safely. Use common sense and stay out of danger. My advice is to avoid any trespass on private property. Obey posted signs and just have a wonderful time searching. Enjoy the Chase!

Forrest Fenn's Untitled 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.

(written by Forrest Fenn as published
In his book, "The Thrill of the Chase")





I first learned about Forrest Fenn and his treasure poem back in June of 2017. I became interested in the Chase at that time and I began to research possible solutions. In 2017 I went on 3 expeditions to find the treasure. I have identified what I think defines "where warm waters halt", and I believe I have found the "canyon down". Forrest dedicated a lot of time and book space in telling of his great family and personal memories of Yellowstone National Park when he was young. I love the park too, but it is my opinion that he did not hide the treasure chest in the YNP. I think he is distracting us with all that material about the park, but many searchers to this day still believe it is there. I don't think so, and I have felt this way since I first started my research. Forrest is a very clever man. I believe the treasure is nowhere near the YNP. Many will disagree with me on this, but that is their right of course.

In my solution, you drive to the location where warm waters halt, and then you have to drive for another distance (too far to walk) along the road which also runs along the canyon that leads back to the starting point. This road and the canyon go aside each other for many miles, but you do have to stop at the point where you are below the home of Brown. At this point you must get out and hike toward the canyon, and then go down in the canyon (take it in the canyon down). Then you are faced with a water course which must be crossed. Why do I say this? Because Forrest says in his poem "From there it’s no place for the meek". Sheep don't like to cross water, and sheep are meek. So, you must cross the water and make your way up the creek until you can exit the canyon. While you walk up your creek, you experience "heavy loads and water high". Then you must be wise and find the blaze. Simple right?


Read Where do Warm Waters Halt? by Doug Meyer. It's a very interesting read.

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