A 42 lb. bronze chest is filled with a multimillion dollar bounty. Hundreds of gold nuggets, rare coins, and jewels such as emeralds, diamonds and rubies are in this modern day treasure chest, and it can all be yours, that is, if you can find it.
Forrest Fenn, a multimillionaire art collector from Santa Fe, New Mexico, hid the treasure three years ago and hopeful treasure hunters are dissecting a poem he penned that contains nine clues. His latest clue was released this week, “The treasure is hidden higher than 5,000 feet above sea level.” Given that the average elevation of New Mexico is 5,700 feet, that leaves a lot of ground to cover in this mountainous state.
Mr. Fenn wants to create an adventure that gets Americans off the couch. “Get your kids out in the countryside, take them fishing and get them away from their little hand-held machines,” he told the TODAY show. He said that he hid the chest with two goals in mind: Getting people to fall in love with America’s scenic trails and passing on what he calls the “thrill of the chase” something he has experienced over more than seven decades of hunting for rare objects.
The poem contains nine clues that, if followed precisely, will lead to the end of his rainbow and the treasure. He has also wrote a memoir that contains clues to the treasure’s location.
The Poem, by Forrest Fenn
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.
Maybe I need to take a hiking vacation to New Mexico this summer!