The Fenn Treasure is a treasure reportedly worth $1m–$3m hidden by art dealer and writer Forrest Fenn in the Rocky Mountains. According to Fenn, many people have claimed to have found the treasure, but no one has provided any evidence to him supporting their claim. As of 2014[update], Fenn has stated that to his knowledge it is still not found.
Forrest Fenn was diagnosed with cancer in 1988. He came up with the idea during this illness to create a bronze chest full of treasure for anyone to go find. He filled the chest with "treasure" containing gold nuggets, rare coins, jewelry and gemstones, along with a jar holding his autobiography. 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 hide the treasure.
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."
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. Fenn has also provided additional clues on "The Today Show" and in various interviews.
This poem written by Forrest Fenn contains nine clues that if followed precisely will allegedly lead to the treasure.
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
- Douglas Preston's novel The Codex is based on Fenn's story.
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