Featured Question with Forrest: X on a Map

thrill of the chase treasure hunt

Forrest Fenn I hope,

I am new to the treasure search and there is so much contradictory information on the blogs I don’t know what to believe and what I shouldn’t. It must be just as confusing for you to read. Can you tell me anything that will help me? Thank you Mister Fenn. Adell

PS, I am a city girl.


I will try Adell.

Read the blogs for entertainment, and the poem like you were going to put an X on a map. Beyond that I am not compelled to reiterate. Hunt prepared and go safely. Good luck. f


Other links of interest:

The Poem

Weekly Words from Forrest

Forrest Fenn Treasure Facts

Forrest Fenn Poem Facts

Many other links can be found here:

The Thrill of the Chase


Best of luck with all that you seek!




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56 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    Thanks for sharing that Question and Answer Forrest and Adell.

    I always find them such fun and interesting!

  2. pdenver says:

    Hello Jenny, Adell and Mr. Fenn. Thank you for the Featured Question. Great advice and something to think about.

  3. astree says:

    Hi Jenny and Forrest. Thanks for another thought provoking missive. Certainly reads as to refer to a certain destination. Someday I hope to step right up to the challenge and try it too.

  4. JC1117 says:

    From the sounds of it…even a city girl has a chance. And from the latest critical intel found in the photo above…a lot of them will be looking where X marks the spot in Central Wyoming.

    …but not if I get there first. 🙂

    Thanks Jenny and Forrest and Adell.

    • JL says:

      …but not if I get there first. :), I hope you are very fast because I’m already there. The Chase has been the only advantage for living in the middle of Wyoming, that and fewer people, no state taxes, great fishing, rockhounds paradise….. but definitely the Chase is the best.

      • Jenny and Forrest work so closely together I wonder if forest didn’t put the X on the map? But urn in your books to page 133 the gold is on the east edge of New Mexico.

        • JL says:

          Seething with jealousy,
          Can you explain how you came up with a location of eastern New Mexico from the map on page 133? It is an interesting concept and I have viewed that page many times looking for confirmation to the clues.

          • JL I’m not saying that it is in eastern NM all I’m saying is the gold was placed by Forrest Fenn on the eastern side of a NM map. Why would he do that, maybe you could answer? So if Forrest told Jenny to put X in the middle of WY then that would be interesting too. Gold is all over the rock mt. You just have to know where to look, I myself am a bystander, all is interesting.

            • JL says:

              Seething with jealousy,
              We are all a bystander to some degree, it just depends on how and when we decide to participate. Forest mentioned recently that he is just a bystander now but in actuality, he is still participating. I think Ms. Jenny has stated that she picks the visuals to go with Forest words and that if that were to change she would inform everyone.

              Here is my interpretation of page 133, it seems to vary from the norm. I have been reluctant to say much about what I have discovered but I think I can go on record with this without disclosing too much information. Everyone seems to focus on the map which I had read before is an old map of N.M. I don’t dwell on the map because it is out of focus and would appear to not yield any information. What I do see is pieces of gold that are definitely not placed in a random order. These pieces supply me with a visual interpretation of the geography of the area where FF placed the treasure. The trick is to apply this visual to a certain area. There is also another important hint within these pieces but I think I will save that for another time.

  5. William says:

    Well my map has a lot of exits that I like to call ” not there “

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  7. Ramona says:

    Read the blogs for entertainment sounds about right. Tune out the constant chatter (or laugh your butt off). Concentrate on only what Forrest has written and said but mostly the poem. Put an X on the map and then find the X on the map. An X at the beginning and an X at the end. Alpha and Omega, vice versa, dos equis. I don’t like beer but I do like celebrations.

  8. Belle says:

    All my X’s live in Texas… I am going to have to think about this one… I love it!!!!

  9. JL says:

    Blogs for entertainment but the meat and potatoes are the in the Poem. After five years the answer is the same, Mr. Fenn has great patience with his students. I commended him for his tenacity and endurance it must be tiring to create a new sentence that says the same thing over and over again. I presume that developing a sentence that had the physical structure of a ruler applied over knuckles might increase the retention abilities of some searchers. It worked for me when I was younger.

  10. WiseOne says:

    I love this one too! Thanks Forrest.

  11. SteveMartin says:

    f, who are you? You must be good with a Rubik’s cube.

    • pdenver says:

      Hello SteveMartin. Mr. Fenn, “f,” would definitely be a man of many talents, as we have become witness to. If given a chance, I believe he could do the Rubik’s cube with his eyes blindfolded and one hand tied behind his back. 🙂

  12. love your music Adell! “read the poem like you were going to put an X on a map” interesting….

  13. Bolderdash says:

    Does Forrest mean to put an X on the map, like cross out the map, dont use it, etc?

  14. Holly Cairns says:

    Thanks Forrest and Jenny. Btw, garden spiders look like x’s. Not a fan though. What about those? Daughter saw a big spider once on the chase and boldly proclaimed, “Nope. Goodbye!”

  15. Agoat1 says:

    I wonder who put X on this map

  16. SL says:

    I just try to use the old Ysite in order to figure it out. It’s really a cup of tea!


  17. PL289 says:

    its funny how regardless how many times f says “it’s somewhere in the mountains north of santa fe,” some will always think it is contrary to that. I wondered about why that is and started looking at the statement. I’m curious if some thing f is playing with the contraction as a tipoff to perceived misdirection?

    “I tease (I t’s) somewhere in the mountains north of santa fe.” Anyway, thought that was one reason why people are intent on looking outside the designated areas.

  18. Kathryn says:

    Hmm. Blogs as entertainment – yup. If all you need is the poem – only the poem’s words. You do not need the book or even a map. So, if someone saw just the poem, they could solve it. My questions is: would a person who only had the poem know exactly what they were looking for and that is a bronze box filled with gold, jewels, and such? So, does one need the poem and other information about Indulgence or is the bronze box identification in the poem.

  19. Speaking of X’s… We all know the only X on the map is directly over Chaco Canyon (in the word: New Mexico). Of course “New Mexico” had to written somewhere… but directly over Chaco Canyon seems either deliberate or bizarrely coincidental given Fenn’s deep interest in the ancestral Puebloan culture.

    Yet it is not in the colored area of the map. It’s not really in the Rocky Mountains. Although Mr. Fenn also alluded that everything in the book (and therefore map) may not be completely accurate either. Can we get a final affirmation that the treasure is not in Chaco or Bisti De Na Zin?


  20. —“Nice find, Common! I didn’t know there was a unit of currency called a Fen. Fenn is so money and he doesn’t even know it. I hope he reads that so he knows it.”

    A “fen” is also water high……


  21. JohnCena says:

    I was assuming the big X meant that it was over… just IMO though…

  22. Strawshadow says:

    Thank you Jenny and Forrest,
    A big X on a little map? My little x on my big map must be backwards, why is the question.

  23. astree says:

    The more I read up on the things Forrest has said and written, the more I became convinced that he intended an X directly over the trove.

    He has said that the poem will lead directly to the treasure.

  24. Laura Uhle says:

    Dear Anyone,
    Where did the coins come from? Where did the chest come from? I’m convinced old men love to allude to poop but perhaps a clue along the way. Maybe the treasure is partially where it was found????
    PS A man named Brown was a surveyor of the original mapping of the Sante FeTrail. My friend showed me the poem for the first time yesterday and , of course, I’m obsessed. Places are not necessarily locations and clues might take you on a trip but a battle of some type would have to be involved I think if EARNING it is really the case. That’s scary. I’d love to find it but I need to know, Mr Fenn, what you consider to be “in very close proximity”. I figure it has to be within 200 ft of some form of human travel or mode thereof (road, bridge, traintracks, campground) so…… Also, I think that you DID plan to die with it up in the field but didn’t and google probably caught it there. PS do you own a small plane PPS Do you always file flight plans… ppps you can definitely have the bracelet back and all I want is to have dinner with you and my husband (on us) THANKS WERE HAVIN FUN ALREADY!!! laura and dale and other friends in moab:)))xo

  25. Iron Will says:

    What if I told you all….

    There is an X on the map. You just have to have the right map to find it 😉 … Thanks Mark.

  26. Inohury says:

    He’s got 3 toes
    Or so it shows
    I ‘las see where he goes
    He’s got a friend
    Around the bend
    He’s banking warm water slows

  27. Iceman says:

    hunt prepared => underearth

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