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$2 Million Treasure Still Out There One Year and a Dozen Clues Later

Destination & Tourism | Tom Bastek | April 28, 2015

$2 Million Treasure Still Out There One Year and a Dozen Clues Later

Photos Courtesy of Forrest Fenn.

Five years ago, a retired fighter pilot by the name of Forrest Fenn buried a treasure out in the middle of the New México desert. The collector, author and self-made millionaire wrote a book, “The Thrill of the Chase.” In the book, he left the clues to find his treasure.

Originally diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1988, he was planning to use the treasure as a legacy after he went out into the wilderness to die.  When he beat the cancer, he waited until recently to bury the treasure and decided to leave clues in a poem in the book. 

So you think you have what it takes to find this treasure?

Here is 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 drawing ever 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 other clues have come few and far between but they are out there.  Fenn won’t say if he hid the chest on federal park land, or on private property.  He did say that there is no place you can put the chest that there aren’t complications in obtaining it under different circumstances.  But he leaves clues every now and again.

Here are the clues from Wikipedia:

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. The book has since been published and is available for purchase.

In January 2015, Fenn revealed in a new interview: "I know the treasure chest is wet.”

More than likely, it is somewhere in Yellowstone National Park, as it was one of Fenn’s favorite places to visit and he did say that he put the chest in a place that meant something to him.  He has recently said in a "Good Morning America" Interview that there have been a lot of people looking and the local ABC affiliate in Albuquerque estimates 30,000 people looked last year for the treasure and this year they expect up to 50,000.

“Fenn told ABC News that the treasure includes 265 gold coins -- "mostly American eagles and double eagles, hundreds of gold nuggets, some as large as chicken eggs, ancient Chinese carved jade figures, Pre-Columbian gold animal artifacts, lots of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds and other things."

Here is the Map:

So get your Indiana Jones equipment together and head on out to the mountains.  Because, “There is gold in them there hills!”

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