The Fenn Treasure is a treasure reportedly worth between $1–3m hidden by art dealer and writer Forrest Fenn in the Rocky Mountains. According to Forrest Fenn, many people have claimed to have found the treasure but none have provided any proof. As of 2014[update], the treasure is still unfound.
Forrest Fenn was diagnosed with cancer in 1988. He came up with the idea during this illness to "secret" a bronze chest full of treasure for anyone to go find. Forrest Fenn filled the chest with "treasure" containing gold nuggets, rare coins, jewelry and gemstones along with a jar holding his biography. He intended to hide it and die in the wilderness, with the treasure as a legacy. However, he survived his illness and waited until he was 79 or 80 to secret it.
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.
His memoir "The Thrill of the Chase" (ISBN 9780967091785) was published in 2010, containing a poem that contains clues that lead to the location of the hidden treasure. According to Fenn, there are also clues hidden in the stories of his memoir. Additional clues have circulated but it is difficult to determine the source in many instances leaving the possibility that some clues may only be rumors.
This poem written by Forrest Fenn contains nine clues that if followed precisely, will lead to the end of his rainbow and the treasure. Happy Hunting!
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.
Many people have made attempts to find the location, and a few have become newsworthy:
- In March 2013, a woman attempting to find the location of the box spent a night(making that choice after the weather turned bad) exposed near Ancho Canyon Trail in Bandelier National Monument.
- In April 2013 another treasure seeker was arrested after digging up a roadside memorial that he had mistaken as a clue in the hunt.
Books Inspired By The Fenn Treasure
- Forrest Fenn’s Unexpected Treasure by Craig Rosequist
- Goldsmith, Margie (2013-02-27). "Well Over $1 Million in Buried Treasure: Find it!". Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- Goldsmith, Margie. "The Thrill of the Chase". Hemispheres Inflight Magazine. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Forrest Fenn Reveals New Clue In Hunt For Million-Dollar Treasure Chest (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- Kyung Kim, Eun (27 March 2013). "11th clue released in hunt for New Mexico treasure chest". NBC Today. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
- Angulo, Erika (3 May 2013). "Another clue! New hint released for NM treasure seekers". NBC Today. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- Goldsmith, Margie (17 September 2013). "$5 Million Rocky Mountain Treasure Still Waiting to be Found". Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- "Woman treasure hunter, 34, survives a night in the wilderness after she got lost hunting for $2M buried treasure left by cancer-stricken millionaire (but can you solve the poem he left as a clue?)". Mail Online. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Missing Hiker Searching For Treasure From Santa Fe Antiquities Dealer Found In New Mexico". Huffington Post. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- "Man faces charges after digging for Forrest Fenn’s treasure under descanso". Santa Fe New Mexican. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- Dokoupil, Tony (Aug 20, 2012). "A Real-Life Indiana Jones Wants You to Find His Loot". The Daily Beast. p. 1. Retrieved 11 March 2013.