This is about a guy named Forrest Fenn. He is an art dealer/author who hid a treasure chest allegedly worth well over a million dollars somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Here's the deal: I'm fairly certain it's in my state (just a hunch).
Forrest Fenn is a resident of Santa Fe, NM. I think it's fairly safe to think he hid the treasure in a place he's familiar with. While most people may think of New Mexico as being full of deserts and alien landscapes these:
While some associate New Mexico with alien landscapes and deserts like these:
We also have mountains.
A decent amount of mountains. NM is the fifth-highest state in the US according to average elevation. Now we're to the treasure and how you (we!) can find it.
This is Forrest Fenn. He's the self-taught archaeologist, art dealer, pilot, author and millionaire who hid the treasure.
The chest supposedly contains "265 gold coins, hundreds of gold nuggets, hundreds of rubies, eight emeralds, two Ceylon sapphires, many diamonds, two ancient Chinese jade carvings, pre-Columbian gold bracelets and fetishes, and more". Total value is said to be over $2 million.
How to find:
Luckily, he made a poem which is supposed to help all of us find this!
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.
Other things generally accepted as fact:
♦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
♦Where warm waters halt is not a dam.
♦Chest and contents weigh 42lbs. (Fenn said 44lbs. in one email, but has said 42 several other times)
♦Chest is 10x10x5 inches and made of Bronze
♦Forrest published a map in his book Too Far To Walk and told us the chest is hidden somewhere on that map
♦The treasure is in one of 4 states: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado or New Mexico
Be safe and go on an adventure!