Below, is Mr. Fenn’s poem which encourages all to get involved with the thrill of the chase! This poem is said to be all that is needed in order to lead a person to Forrest Fenn's hidden chest of Gold somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. If you find it, you can keep it.
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 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 treasure chest is not under water, nor is it near the Rio Grande River. It is not necessary to move large rocks or climb up or down a steep precipice, and it is not under a man-made object. ( dalneitzel.com/2017/06/29/safety_first/ )
Please remember that I was about 80 when I made two trips from my vehicle to where I hid the treasure.
Please be cautious and don’t take risks. -
I think, considering Forrest has stated ‘I made two trips from my car in one afternoon’ in questions with Forrest (6/19/14), and from multiple other comments he has made about not being in a treacherous area, that it is a fact to say,
*If you know where the Treasure Chest is hidden (by correctly following and understanding the Poem), you should be able to safely retrieve the treasure within one afternoon. There is no need for taking extraordinary risks.
Other known facts:
*Searchers should not go where an 80-year-old man, with a heavy gold laden treasure chest, wouldn’t go.
*The treasure is not in a dangerous place.
*The Treasure is not in a mine, cave, or tunnel.
*The treasure is hidden in either New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, or Wyoming.
*The treasure is at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe.
*The treasure is hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains between 5000 and 10,200 feet sea level.
*The treasure is not hidden in a grave yard.
*There is no need to dig up old outhouses. The treasure is not associated with any structure.
*Only Forrest Fenn knows where the treasure chest is hidden.
*Each word in the poem is deliberate. Forrest has said it took him 15 years to write it and he felt like an architect when doing so.
*The Poem alone acts like a map to direct you to where the treasure is hidden, however, there are ‘hints’ sprinkled in the stories of The Thrill of the Chase to help you understand the poem.
*Forrest has said a person should read the poem over and over again, and if that person deciphers the first few clues, Forrest says he could find the treasure chest. Nothing about finding the treasure chest will be accidental.
*Forrest has said, Where Warm Waters Halt is not a dam. It means something else.
*Excellent research materials to decipher the Poem are the book (The Thrill of the Chase, Google Earth and/or a good Map)
Here is video of comments Forrest has said on HOW TO FIND HIS TREASURE CHEST (or read on MW)
Here is a MW video showing Contents of what's in the chest:
In the 2018 Six Questions with Forrest Fenn, he mentioned he had a gut feeling his treasure chest might be found in the summer. Some might ask, ‘What’s all inside the treasure chest?’ What is a searcher going to find?
Here are the five items a searcher will surely find inside Forrest Fenn’s Treasure Chest— whether it is found this year or over 100 years from now!