In Search of the Forrest Fenn Treasure

My wife and stepson joined me on a treasure hunting trip in search of a bronze treasure chest hidden over 7 years ago by art dealer and author, Mr. Forrest Fenn. We go to the spot that I have come up with as being the location of the treasure after deciphering the clues noted in Mr. Fenn’s poem.

From Wikipedia: Forrest Fenn operated an art gallery with his wife, Peggy, after retiring from the United States Air Force. The gallery was located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and sold everything from artifacts to fine art and was quite successful. In 1988, Fenn was diagnosed with cancer and came up with the idea during this illness to hide a 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 end his life nearby, with the treasure as a legacy. However, he survived his illness and waited until he was 79 or 80 to hide the treasure.

Mr. Fenn wrote a six stanza poem, that if deciphered correctly, will lead you directly to the treasure.  Then he also wrote a book called “Too Far to Walk” in 2013 in which he printed a map of four states containing the Rocky Mountains, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and the Northern part of New Mexico. It is stated that the treasure is hidden somewhere on that map. There have been other clues and hints over the past seven years that help searchers in their efforts to find the elusive treasure. The clues, like his poem, are always open for interpretation.

Worth more than a million dollars, the bronze chest supposedly contains ancient figurines, jade carvings,a 17th-century Spanish ring, turquoise beads excavated from a cliff dwelling near Mesa Verde, over 270 American eagle gold coins, gold nuggets (some weighing a pound), a vial of gold dust, two gold discs, and “a lot of jewelry,” including rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. He also included a copy of his own autobiography, rolled and stuffed into an ancient olive jar.

(I apologize in advance for the heavy breathing on our hike, the elevation of 8,000 ft and the hike was really getting to me)

Enjoy! ~DK


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