Forrest Fenn’s Poem Line: Put in Below the Home of Brown

Put in below the home of Brown.  That’s the sentence in the poem which seems to be one of the major keys for the finding of Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure.  It’s the eighth line in the poem:

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.

‘Put in’ could suggest the 1150 AD bronze chest, filled with over a million dollars worth of gold and jewels, was ‘put in’ ‘something.’  That instead of this poem line referring to the searcher, it is referring to the chest.  Many feel it is possible the treasure is concealed in a cave, stone crevice, or old mine.  It was ‘put in’ there (below the home of Brown (where you may be standing at this point?).

Assumingly, some feel it could also mean ‘put in’ a stream or creek.  For those who haven’t seen the latest Gadi Schwartz video, this seems to be what Gadi and Dal were thinking.  They are shown looking in a stream.  Or maybe they just liked the line on page 4 of the book which said, “My church is in the mountains and along the river bottoms where dreams and fantasies alike go to play.”  The dreams of finding the treasure are ‘in the mountains and along the ‘river bottoms’?

The term ‘put in’ can also imply a few other meanings. However, wherever the chest rests, the person who eventually discovers it will have also unearthed the meaning to ‘home of Brown.’

There is an interesting point to bring up here.  A few people are aware of the fur trapper Joe Meek and are following leads about him for the subsequent line of the poem, “From there it’s no place for the meek,…”

If meek refers to Joe Meek, and Brown refers to a proper name which needs capped (like Meek), then why didn’t Forrest capitalize meek?  Too obvious?  Or is Joe Meek proven wrong because Forrest doesn’t capitalize it?

I find it hard to decide.  I like the Joe Meek line of thinking, but it would seem ‘questionable’, because it isn’t capped, like Brown is; If Brown is capped for that reason?  I suppose this is one of the riddles.  Obviously, by capping Brown, Forrest is drawing attention to its importance, but why?  Does it refer to a proper name, place, or thing?

Thinking on that always gets me sidetracked, because since I can’t decide, I go back to the ‘put in’ and the fact Forrest could have put the treasure in a stream.  I don’t like thinking that!  But it does seem like a perfect place to hide a treasure, so that no one is going to just happen to come across it (unless you are looking for crayfish, which I actually do like to do with the kids..(wouldn’t the finding of a chest of gold instead of a crayfish be a surprise)!).

Plus, on page 137 of the book, Forrest mentions, “Bronze is a non-ferrous metal, meaning it won’t rust or deteriorate in any way.”  Now he was talking about the making and hiding of his bronze bells, but the chest is bronze, as well.

The thought of it being in a stream, even though I imagine a small one; one which ‘there’ll be no paddle up your creek’ because it is too shallow, has me looking for a good pair of waterproof boots.  Any suggestions? Lol…

Could the possibility it is hidden in a stream, also be a meaning behind, “Your effort will be worth the cold?”  To be searching in a stream certainly would get a bit cold after awhile.  But if you found the treasure, it would be worth it.  And to back up just a bit to the Meek line of ‘From there it’s no place for the meek.’  Psalms 37:11 says, ‘the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.’  However, the poem line says it is no place for the meek.  Could this imply ‘it is in the water?’ (not the land in which the meek will gain title)

There is one other thing about this ‘put in’ a stream possibility.  Although I would like to think ‘it’s not in a stream’, (for I don’t know why)…. I read the following sentence in a book Forrest mentioned in The Thrill of the Chase.  It is:

“To be suddenly connected through a rainbow arc of rod and run of line to something as purely wild as God’s own trout produces astonishment at the cellular level and, at least for a moment, blurs the border between man and nature.  It is a bond which renews itself time after time and is the addictive essence of the sport.”

Right before the poem, we all know it says, “So I wrote a poem containing nine clues that if followed precisely, will lead to the end of my rainbow and the treasure.”

Forrest loves to fish, if his ‘rainbow’ is that of the rod and line (like the above passage relates), at the end of his rainbow… a stream…..could be the treasure.

Darn, we might get wet fishing for gold!  Of course, it still might be in a nice, dry, warm, place on land.  Who knows?  Only Forrest.

Best of luck to all…..

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109 Responses

  1. Stephanie says:

    I think the original thought is that it’s under water. Once you’ve thought about it a while though, you start to realize water high can mean other things. Maybe it’s near a waterfall, but not in the water, near a water tower, maybe it’s saying you have to walk through the water to get to the other side. The chest has a wood liner and his love for antiquities comes to mind as a reason he might not want it soaking in water for 1000 years.

    As for Brown and meek. He says non fiction only has to be right 85% of the time. So I don’t think we can go by any grammar rules…especially when he’s told us that he is willing to bend when it comes to grammar. There is also some Browns that have to do with Yellowstone that I’ve had friends mention to me. One is Gary Brown who would have been a ranger in the park when Forrest frequented it as a child. His cabin is now the Lamar cabin where they do something with buffalo and teach classes I believe.

    • Jenny Kile says:

      I wasn’t even thinking of water high in the above post yet…I would agree there is probably some more meaning to that. I was still on the ‘put in’… lol. Assuming Forrest was referring to putting the chest in something…which may or may not be the case…but if it did, and following that line of thought…..what could he put it in, in the rocky mountains? Cave, crevice, petrified tree, under a rock, stream, or so on?

      In looking for support for any possibility…..I found support for putting it in a stream….not that I wanted to…and I always know with interpretations, it all could be wrong. I don’t want to mislead anyone…only sharing my thoughts.

      The Brown and Meek situation is interesting. It’s possible meek hints at both. Thanks for the Brown ranger info… many Brown’s…..

  2. Fred says:

    What about the Brown Construction Co. in Taos, NM. (Home of Brown).

  3. jeff Lynn says:

    brown trout below El Vado Dam. “Home of the Brown Tout.”

  4. Jeff Lynn says:

    Entry point. Home of Brown and where warm waters halt. Warm waters halt during most season below a Damm. Swim on top fish for brown at bottom. Or Hot springs that flow into a cold river. This is entry.
    Final exit or find point is at the blaze. Bright place on rock where a rock slide cant cover it.

  5. Jeff Lynn says:

    its too far to walk. He has known the place for years. So quit thinking its only where an old man can walk. Its to far to walk for take a horse or boat. raft canoe.

    BUT WHAT IS IN THE WOOD. Maybe the tall pines.

  6. Dave Belsito says:

    My interpretation is the treasure is NOT in NM., it’s in Wyoming. Below the home of Brown, could be Grizzly Bears, also where warm waters cease…The roads around Grebe lake where he used to fish, are closed for the winter….my guess is it’s up there!

  7. Brian Massey says:

    The visual thought that I get is it is hidden in a secret place that ONLY Forrest Fenn knows about. Think about that for a second. So the first place he states is a WATERFALL where warm waters halt and take it in the canyon down not far but too far to walk. This waterfall is high enough that it takes the water into the Canyon down below it. So where around the bottum of the waterfall you want to look for a place thats incorporated to Brown Trout. Go into or around the Waterfall,you will be waist high to stacked Rocks that are big and heavy loaded stacked on top of each other. it is no place for the Meek,the waterfall has a cavern or cravause,look for a stand where the blaze is,the chest sits on top of it. Forrest Fenn has said himself that some people have come close to finding his treasure. Which Waterfall has this secret cavern in it or Cravause around it remains the question. I believe it is somewhere that has a vault like structure inside or around a waterfall. Pay attention to details. The waterfall is 5,000 feet above Sea level,it has’t do something with being close to water but not in water. The Mecanism to the poem is a WaterFall and what connects it to the treasure. I believe it will be found. It will be in a waterfall or around it and it’s a secret place where ONLY FORREST FENN KNOWS ABOUT IT.

    • David says:

      I took that as the treasure is old to him since he’s had it for a while, but it will be new for who ever finds it, but i really hope you’re right on this one. That changes everything, you wouldn’t be digging for some chest but looking for a hidden entrance to a cavern.

  8. Colton says:

    I have a few very good ideas of my own which I will not share. 🙂 But the line that says ,”And hint of riches new and old.” This is saying that there is more in this location then just his treasurer( new) but also there is other treasure(old). I honestly think he found the location of another hidden treasure but never told anyone about it ans put his own treasure there.

  9. Hank says:

    It’s hard for me to believe he would put a valuable box worth what $25000.00 (without the treasure) in a river that would be under constant punishment from rocks, logs and any other debris flowing down stream. Bronze would seem to be a soft metal composed of copper and tin and could easily be destroyed by high water and the forces of nature in short order. If my effort will be worth the cold is in a river then why put in brave and in the wood?

    • Rich says:

      Thats my main concern with the poem. I feel like its hidden in or near a river or waterfall, but at the same time, how could you guarantee it wouldn’t get washed away during a flood. You couldn’t. Therefore – by default – It cant be in a stream.

  10. F. F'n says:

    Eeeeehhhhwwww . . . . white lightnin’.

  11. Jacko says:

    Forrest was recently on TV saying it is NOT in a grave! He has also said on many occasions that he never said it was buried, period. Quit digging up historical site and tearing up public lands. He is 70+ years old. He did not hike into the wilderness with 42 pounds and dig a 3 foot hole!

  12. Ginger says:

    Don’t forget about trains and stations. Ma Brown ran the broading house at Scribner MT

  13. Seeker says:

    oh!!!! so close but yet so far. your thinking right, but wrong conclusion. try this line of thinking. FF said in an interview with the daily beast that the chest was “exposed” to rain, snow and could be scored by fire.
    also he said, it can be safe from mud slides, floods, earthquakes and “I can not think of any better place for my bones to rest for a few millennia”.( yes that’s the exact spelling ) so if a chest or any object can last and be safe for that long a time period! why would you think that a “ranger station” would last or stay in the same place. a millenium ago the USA wasn’t even founded, names and place of cities roads and even yes mountains and canyons have change names even in the pass 200 years.
    Not saying that the poem is not giving you directions to the chest, but reading it like a road map is the wrong approach. in my humble opinion, anyways. so in conclusion if some one was to search for the trove 1000, 2000 or more years from now why would it be at Mr. Browns home? Hell … Rome is not the same Rome of 2000 years ago

  14. Cynthia says:

    Wow, just found this page. I have thought so many off the same things as you posted. I really think this is going to be found soon. So much to read into, and so much to take in…Im ready to go look soon.I feel good about this…Thanks for your page.

  15. Sixer/Jenny says:

    Best of luck to you Cynthia!

  16. Mike Owens says:

    Yellowstone, or near it. The place is dear to him. It is above 5,000 ft above sea level. •Highest Point: 11,358 ft / 3,462 m (Eagle Peak)
    •Lowest Point: 5,282 ft / 1,610 m (Reese Creek)

  17. Forrest fenns treasure is in a hallowed out tree with
    A blaze or marking on the tree as he said
    “If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
    Look quickly down, and your quest to cease.”
    ~ The Xiled One

  18. E* says:

    F.F’n: I hope we don’t have a Brown Out,…white lightnin’ is blazin’ RIGHT!:

  19. Edward says:

    Fenn specifically said it is exposed to rain and snow and not in the water

  20. Bob says:

    A ranger cabin is a structure and it seems like everyone is messing with his poem and not starting at the beginning.

  21. Rob Miller says:

    I like to think that Home of Brown is the home or Brown Trout and Put in is a fishing term for getting in the water. I truly doubt that a fisherman would use the term “home of Brown” and “Put in” and not be referring to Brown Trout…But I could be off base.

  22. Me says:

    “Put in” has always been a term I’ve heard as to when/where you put your skiv in a creek, river.

    • Me says:

      Not too far, but too far to walk…. then it says to “Put in” because you can’t walk there, you have to go by boat.

      • Me says:

        Also, I’m interpreting it as saying that maybe it’s just across the creek/river. It’s not too far, but in order to walk, you’d have to go very far to get across it.

        • Rob Miller says:

          Me…that was my thought as well…Further, home of Brown sounds like a fish hatchery to me. So put in below the fish hatchery, cross the river and go up a small tributary with a waterfall (water high). Further, it must be on public property…so a fish hatchery above 5000 feet on public property that raises Brown Trout (a non-native species that has been eliminated from many of the hatcheries and river systems). A correct interpretation of the starting point could really narrow down a search.

          • Also, the term nigh can mean “to the left”…it does not have to mean in close proximity…

            • “Just heavy loads and water high.” heavy loads to me means big rocks and water high is a waterfall. Therefore, the sentence: “There’ll be no paddle up your creek, Just heavy loads and water high.” Is a clever way of saying leave your boat because you have to walk up the left side of the waterfall.

              • Michael says:

                I just wanted to add something here as a few people I think missed something very important. In Fenn’s second book “Too Far To Walk” he mentions in the preface that to him, too far to walk is 10 miles. He later said in an interview that he didn’t realize that was published, as he thought he took that line out of the preface. He gave an unintentional hint in the book.

                But he also states that sometimes he purposely messes with people. Like when he said it is at least 300 miles West of Toledo. Someone asked if he meant Toledo KS or Toledo OH, and he said Ohio. Well, that’s kinda obvious as it is some 600 miles from Toledo to even make it into the mountain range states where he said the treasure may be.

                Also, people talk about him lugging up this heavy 42 pound box. He said himself that he made two trips from his car, in one day, to hide the treasure. He said he first took the box, then went back to his car, and came back later that day with the contents of the box.

                As he said before “If you find it, it will be intentional, and it will be because you followed the clues.”

                Personally, I think it’s near a big trout fishing hole somewhere near Silverton Colorado. As There is a meek creek some 15 miles north of silverton, and Silverton was once known as the brown are due to the high influx of prostitution etc near Blair street, etc…. BUT, I could be completely wrong on my theory.

                I know this: a lot of people will lose their minds looking for his treasure. (On a side note, he recently said in an interview in February of this year that his clue about the box being wet isn’t really a hint at all. He said “It’s in the rocky mountains. You could bury something 6ft underground and it’d still be wet. It’s not a clue about water at all.”) Just something to ponder!

                • Michael says:

                  One other thing. He said at another time that the BLAZE he is referring to can be seen at night with a flashlight…. has a ton of stuff on this, as they talk to him quite frequently and he usually does his interviews with these guys. They have spent literally years trying to find it and haven’t been successful. He did say that one of the guys came within 200 feet of the box, but he wouldn’t say which one.

    • Hi Me
      I do believe you are right…about put in…a boating and aviation term. But didn’t forrest say he walked in with the treasure? Could that mean in involved some walking…..He kidded about a bike too, at one point. Lots of questions. I think if he used a horse and horse trailer to get near to his spot. It would of brought too much attention to himself….Someone would of said “Oh Yes Forrest came and got a horse and was gone locally for a day or two….around this time.”..So I say….No to horse….
      From everything I have gathering in the last few years. I think its up a small creek….not on a human trail and most likely 200 feet or so off a main road and or trail.

      Just my thoughts…Lou Lee Bear

  23. Bob Cullens says:

    below the house of brown.og. Brown is a name he respects. the cheif say don’t bother the house of brown. the brown family has been around way before this guy. witch became his play ground of artifacts and gold. daniel brown was actually mr. fenns friend. he says put in at the house of brown then thats where i would start down the canyon. he refers of the fire. if you find the fire look down. well if he refers to the sun risesing at the time of day and shinning on the mountain that glimmers and looks like a flame. but you would have to be ther just at the right time of day. good luck with that.

    • William says:

      Just started researching it myself within the last month or so. Would be very interested in hearing your thoughts on this.


  24. T says:

    I seen a post on facebook about Fenn’s Treasure Hunt and I took a look at the poem. It was very interesting, so I decided to do some research on this guy and this hidden treasures worth millions. I started to decipher the poem and didn’t want to think to far outside the box and remember this guy was at least 80 years of age when He hide the treasure. I have my theory. I’m new to this poem as of Today. I have no time to travel, plus I’m not a water person or a Hunter. I am more than willing to to give my theory to anyone whom is interested.

  25. Dwayne perry says:

    His rainbow probably refers to trout so I would start by finding where he liked to go trout fishing

    • Lou Lee says:

      Many have thought its all about the connection with fishing. Could be…Rainbow, Brown. We don’t know for sure. He fished Gallatin, Madison, All rivers in Yellowstone…Lakes etc….I feel like if I could spend a whole summer devoted to hunting, I could figure it all out. I can’t tell you how many hours I have spent, in the past few years on this, but it is much; Reading old maps, books and more books. Charts, water ways, divides, canyons, everything under the sun…..Wishing for the perfect solution!
      The perfect clue or sign leading the way…..

      Lou Lee Belle,

      Modern Day Miner, Treasure Prospector, chased by Brown Bears in Jellystone Park and lived to tell the tale, from Whoville 🙂

  26. Jarren says:

    I plan on going this June (2015). Anyone who thinks they know where it is email me. I’ll give you half if you successfully help me. I’ll need money for supplies and so I know you’re not throwing darts at a board. jabutus(a) (replace (a) with @.) I wrote it that way so Web crawlers don’t find me.

  27. KC says:

    The treasure is in a river / river bank. You must wade upstream from the boat “put in”…..and wading upstream in strong current is certainly “heavy loads” against you body as well as “water high”.
    It is from this view – out in the river looking back at the bank…(that a fly fisherman can relate to)… that you will be able to see the “blaze”. It will be quite “cold” because you must search in winter when the water level in the river is low enough to expose the blaze & treasure.
    See the poem titled: In The Wood by H.E.Clarke. It describes a journey that ends in winter. Fenn’s clue “if you are in the wood” – means if you are there in winter time……and early morning when the first light beams into the canyon with a “halo” like glow, (again taken from the Clarke poem)….That is the “BLAZE”. (so your search must be on an early winter morning with no clouds…sunlight must create the blaze as well as shine though the water to give you a glimpse of the chest. Fenn says don’t “tarry”, because you will be wet from reaching down into the water to grab the chest – and you must rush back to your vehicle before you freeze.)

    That’s the way it is…………….unless I’m completely wrong – and in that case, Never Mind!

  28. Stan says:

    Home of Brown could be Brown House Pottery and Lodging in Montana

    I think the creeks in the area start and stop, so “There’ll be no paddle up your creek”. There are dams and reservoirs in the area, where warm waters halt Lots of canyons..

    Sorry, never been there. Follow the rainbow.

  29. poor man says:

    i think someone should go to trappers lake colorado ill bet why life on it. if i had the money id go get it myself..good luck to you all

    • JC1117 says:

      If you know where it is then I will go.

      I don’t have money, either.

    • EW94469 says:

      I’ve been to Trapper’s several times. It’s my “spot” for several reasons. If the treasure is not there then I am absolutely stunned at the coincidence for how many clues I have matched there, even outside of the poem. If you ever get some money to visit, look me up…we’ll share treasure stories!

  30. Dave says:

    Well, we all seem to have found our “treasure” just as Fenn would like us to do. Adventures in the outdoors, being with family or friends. I truly believe that the actual treasure, the one he hid, has been found and that that person has kept it quiet as so not to ruin the adventure for all that it has inspired or will inspire.

    If it has not been found, would hope that everyone enjoys the thrill.

  31. Cat Brooks says:

    I think the treasure is in Wyoming, in the Medicine Bow Park because, in his latest interview, he said it is W. of Cleveland and N. of Santa Fe. The longitude and lattitude lines meet at Browns Peak in the park. There is a canyon with a road that goes along the rim and down into the canyon. He also said the tresure is above 5000 feet and below 10,200. There are elevations in this specific area that are EXACTLY 10,200 feet, narrowing down the area considerably. This is the one place that has all the clues.

  32. The clues are not obvious – they are tricky and well-thought out ..

    Forrest is a lot more intelligent than many seem to give him credit for. He is not simply a ‘Trout Hound’ plying the waters of “Old Yeller Ranch”, year after year, returning faithfully to his favorite old haunt, simply because he has fond memories of his childhood. He CAREFULLY CRAFTED every single line to be as difficult as possible for the average person to figure out, yet capable of being understood – after the fact. It’s like reading an Agatha Christie Mystery Novel – The clues are obvious, even to children, but they only make sense AFTER you’ve read the final page and KNOW who the killer is ..

    I have read many, many, MANY posts where “Chasers” absolutely defend, to the death, the idea (ad libbing, here, folks) that – “Forrest is a dedicated ice water stream caster and he would NEVER fish on a lake from a boat!” — and, yet, his father fished from a boat on Lake Texoma (a very warm place mind you, well below 5,000 feet), and Forrest himself sent an old photo (to Dal, I believe) of FORREST standing next to a grungy old boat strapped on the roof of a grungy old car – near a lake .. Or the idea that it “HAS to be a Waterfall .. or is HAS TO BE a Geyser” or it HAS to be at the “Bend of a Certain River” that Forrest went with his Mother, or some other nonsense, “just below a Brown Trout School, next to a Brown Trout Tractor Shed, where steaming hot lava from the Red Geyser below the Green Waterfall, where he swam with his Brother, merges into a four foot diameter kiddie pool of warm, dry water, creating a rainbow arc, just past a bunch of huge rocks that have to Black, beneath a thousand year-long petrified tree with an ‘F’ engraved into it at the only place where you’ll find the letter ‘X’ .. It MIGHT be a Waterfall. I MIGHT be a Geyser – but there are so many other things it also MIGHT be ..

    So many “Chasers” have locked onto their interpretation of what they think the poem means – and, failing, year after year, search after search, they still refuse to change their interpretation — Oh, they might move a few feet to another place, or change geyser to boiling mud pit, but their interpretation invariably remains the same — “I’ve studied and studied and it HAS TO BE RIGHT!! – Because I’ve studied and studied and it’s the ONLY interpretation that makes any sense!” – to you. – “I know I’m right , I’m just not looking in the exact right spot!” – “Next time, though, and you’ll never hear from me again! .. ” — pull your heads out of your asses and look at other LESS OBVIOUS possibilities .. His knowledge is vast. The books he has read are ancient. Spending your life anywhere West of 12″ of rain a year creates a Unique Mental Concordance with Nature. (Trust me, I know .. ) Fenn’s IQ is probably much higher then “1930s Texas Farm Boy’ – even though he was stupid enough to become an officer ..

    The poem means exactly what it says – if you can interpret it .. “Alone In There”, “Treasures Bold” and “Hint of Riches New and Old” are important clues, both to the general and immediate “Location” .. The TRAIL has been found .. it’s tricky to decipher, but it’s possible .. the clues ARE there, if you’re patient enough to not only find them, but read them .. they are (kind of) in order (there are a few tricks to that order within the poem) .. what you think are clues may be “alternate clues” .. their location, within the poem, may change, and their initial INTERPRETATION MAY CHANGE .. be prepared .. there are a lot of .. “Diversions” .. along the way .. “Clues” that may lead you in multiple directions .. to “Other Clues” that also may lead you in multiple directions –

    The trick to finding the FINAL CLUE is to decipher which, exactly, is the right direction to go ..

    • Devinver says:

      Brad Hartliep,

      Couldn’t agree more with your view of so many people’s take on the poem, it’s meanings, which is the first clue or which aren’t clues, where this is, where that is.

      Also, I think most are taking the vagueness of some of the poem as meaning “open to my interpretation”, which I doubt is the case. I don’t think you can just shrug and say “mmyeah, that’s too far to walk”. To far for whom?

      Anyway, I’ve been into this for about a month or less and am a little obsessed. I guess I like puzzles 🙂

      And thus far the only thing I’m positive about is that I’m not positive about anything. Hopefully that will work in my favor

  33. Karen says:

    In an interview he was doing he was asked we he took the chest to this certain place and he said it was a place that he had visited several times and was fond of this place. So it is probably not some fro. His childhood. Just saying.

  34. Karen says:

    In an interview he was doing he was asked why he took the chest to this certain place and he said it was a place that he had visited several times and was fond of this place. So it is probably not some place from His childhood. Just saying.

  35. kinglost says:

    may be house of brown referees to house of brown bear near the lake, some how i thing the poem is related to the constellation name aquila the eagle altair. the colour of eagle must be goldes brown and its also in mexico’s flag.some resemblance must be there.

  36. matt says:

    the conejos river (rabbit river) was discovered in 1830’s and the first settlers of mexican goverment home of 50 families what were considered brown people aka the house of brownand also the home of rabbits a rabbit hole … also “put in” for paddling or whitewater rafting was big in the conejos river in the pinnicale canyon and home also to brown trout and brown bears it is warm water because the conejos river is mostly shallow and wide so its warm but when it reaches the canyons like pinnicale canyon a big spot for rafting it flows into canyon forming whites water rapids and to far to walk because the river is 25 miles long but for a boat not to far aka a blaze (the rapids) are white

  37. rewd1 says:

    Check the Santa Fe sewerage treatment facility. Where the warm waters end. House of brown, up the (shit)creek without a paddle, no place for the meek. jmho

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  38. Cliff says:

    Forest sounds like a pretty interesting person, and this treasure hunt is definitely an adventure worth bad I live on the left coast.its too far to walk. We do have a brownlee reservoir and lots of high places with water falls . Albeit not ones with Fenns treasure but surely gems in their own right.Maybe some day I will stroll that direction to visit the beautiful desert country and look for some great rainbow fishing.

  39. W says:

    I think you guys are overthinking this. If you’ve spent a bit of time outdoors in the west the terms of the poem are pretty obvious.

    Things like “put in” are what you do when you’re on a river trip and you make camp at night. Maybe I’m getting old but that’s how we always used the term. It’s just a good spot to put your canoe in the river or take it out. I seriously doubt he means putting it in the water or some nonsense. He’s telling you where to pull your boat/canoe up, and start the next leg of your trip.

    Also a blaze is a trail mark. If you find the lucky blaze, that he probably made himself, you are on the right track I guess.

    That poem is all common slang, at least it was when I was younger. The more you overthink this the more words you put in his mouth and the more it becomes more your story not his. Except for the starting point the directions are straightforward.

  40. Brenda says:

    Just started getting interested in this again. Heard of the treasure a few yrs ago. I am a poet and have just read the poem. I read it as a poet would read it and looked for meaning as if I had written it. I have several thoughts. The treasure is not in a forest or stream or wilderness. The treasure is in plain view. I believe Brown is a proper name of a person. Draw is not what it seams….and other clues that come together for me to point to a totally unexplored area. Don’t want to give too much away but I truly believe that everyone is taking the lines literally and they are not literal but as a poet would describe what he sees.

  41. chas says:

    As i have gone alone in there…this sounds like a cave…though Fenn has said the treasure is NOT in a mine.
    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.
    This verse is pretty straightforward…we know that Fenn made two trips to plant the treasure. We know that the treasure is in the rocky mountains north of Santa Fe, and is NOT in idaho or Utah..
    Put in below the home of Brown…I believe this is the spawning pool for Brown Trout, and is the same as
    Begin it where warm waters halt
    Not far, but too far to walk…between ten and fifteen miles, no more…so you’ll need to take a canoe from the dam or spawning pool, thru a canyon
    From there its no place for the meek
    The end is ever drawing high;
    There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
    Just heavy loads and water high.
    Obviously you have to get out and walk, so bring a good pair of waders…water high can only mean one of two things…deep water…or a waterfall…or both…after you pass the ten mile mark from the spawning pool, the entrance to where the treasure is is within a five mile radius,IF u have the right stream, so look for something interesting and ‘special’ like an island and or a copse of trees or a wood
    If you’ve been wise and found the blaze
    Look quickly down, your quest to cease…
    Fenn has said u can see the blaze at night with a flashlight…its certainly a marker
    But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
    Just take the chest and go in peace
    So the chest is not buried…but it is probably in still water…very possibly in a cave or hollow tree
    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.
    So, don’t go in the winter, don’t go in the spring…the cold is the water, and the wood is where you’ll find the treasure…let the snows melt…only do this in summer and fall

    • chas says:

      You gotta think like Fenn…or Hemingway…or the ghost of Thoreau searching for ‘moose’. Take short rations to last a week and choose the best Brown trout stream you can find…take a kayak and fly fish your way to the treasure…Honestly, be careful not to get what you wish for…the treasure’s not the treasure…you will rue the day you find it, if you find it…Just fish and if they won’t bite change flies or go hungry…then break out the short rations you lugged up there, canned spaghetti in a skillet…just don’t burn your pallet or you’ll ruin it….I am planning these fishing trips around Fenns treasure when i retire
      ..IF I retire…

  42. as i have gone in there alone yellowstone park warm waters halt madison junctione below home of Brown yellowstone park entrance put in madison river forest road near west yellowstone my guess a favorite fishing hole in madison river near the blaze forest fire of 1988 look into the madison river where Brown trout go to spawn in the fall got to be there has to be only place possible

  43. jon says:

    Has anyone checked off the path by Ampitheatre Lake in the Tetons. There seems to be a perfectly square bronze looking object inside a triangular shaped rock just off the trail to the right. Its in the middle of the rock formation that kind of resembles the part of Fenn’s book that states about a bathroom with an overhead light. Also, begin it where warm waters halt which would entail Yellowstone area. Canyon down would put you somewhere near the Tetons. Put in below the home of Brown which could be the National Elk Refuge. No place for the meek, Mount Meek is in the Tetons. There’ll be no paddle up your creek, Beaver Creek is near by and beavers have paddles. Just heavy loads and water high, the Tetons has lots of boulders and many high lakes. If you’ve been wise and found the blaze, there is a peak called Owl Peak and a blaze to the right called Burnt Wagon. Tarry scant with marvel gaze, Thor ( who is a marvel character ) is a peak close by straight down. Hear me all and listen good, could mean Ampitheatre or could mean the world to listen. Effort will be worth the cold, Forrest mentions in his book that bronze is considered cold. If you are brave and in the wood I give you title to the gold, there is a plaque on a table at the Jackson Lake Lodge that states “World Peace Table” which could mean the Table Mountain that is also near the Alpha and Omega Lakes that have a beginning and an end. Also, if you look a little down the slope from Delta Lake, it looks like a perfectly square rock with a picture of an indian brave praying to the heavens in a meadow between the tree lines. All this can be seen on Google Earth.

  44. David says:

    On the commercial listings of a group of powerful Santa Fe Businesses, one on line ad stands out as a dead give-away to a line of Fenn’s poem. The on line ad shows an adobe wall with a HOME sign painted brown. How clever! If you click any advertiser on this page another wall shows up with a different logo. The treasure is in Santa Fe. The second give away clue:
    if you take artist’s road to the lookout point over the city of Santa Fe when the sun sets, you will see the marvel glaze covering the entire valley; this is the first and intentional replacement of the word marble which now alludes to other substitutions if you care to play. And finally, when the sun sets, the city turns into the blaze as would any city from this type of view point. The drop off from the lookout would not hold any treasure as to its dangerous slope-so to look quickly down infers motion. The overall treasure phrase is: in the wood! And, curious as it is; only Forrest can give you title!

  45. Charlie says:

    Do you want to work together and split it? I live in Santa Fe, I think it is here somewhere?

  46. C.M.R says:

    I might think about it, what do you have to offer? Can you pay for gas? I live in Santa Clara Pueblo. I have relatives with some land that borders public land and I think I have it solved.

  47. Charlie says:

    I have a backhoe if it helps. I have an idea of another place to look but I don’t have all the clues figured out.

  48. Roy says:

    Well, guess I know where its at.

  49. james says:

    sure wish I lived closer to Yellowstone, having the love of trout fishing gives advantage to the poem. things in the poem a trout fisherman relate to. Another advantage is being around old school men ,knowing there ways , how they think an talk. Yellowstone fall trout fishing trip is on my bucket list if I find it ill leave half of it that’s my word.

  50. Randy says:

    Hi Jenny,
    I just read this post and appreciate your insight. You have reinforced my own interpretations and given me faith in my current solve on several points. Thank you and good luck in your search.

    Sincerely. -Randawg.

  51. Andrew Jef says:

    Chas, can you point me to where Forrest said that you could see the blaze at night with a flashlight?
    Thanks. The reason I ask is that some folks think that the blaze relates to the sun — or may, in fact,
    BE the sun.

  52. Terell says:

    also heavy loads and water high i think its by a raging river with rail road tracks by it meaning the rail road tracks carry heavy loads and the raging water is water high.

  53. Grant says:

    I had never heard of Forrest Fenn until a coworker told me about the treasure today. I decided to look it up and was told to start with the poem. So, with a virgin eye I typed the poem into Word so I could type notes and brainstorms next to the lines. My first thought was the treasure would be somewhere near a treatment plant or power plant as I took the lines ‘warm waters halt’ (waste water from plant or factory), ‘heavy loads’ (load can be an electrical term), and ‘water high’ (high concentration in the water such as waste, salinity, pH, etc.). My second thought was it was near a dam – ‘waters halt’; ‘canyon down’; ‘too far to walk (too steep?)’; ‘heavy loads (electric dam)’. After reading the posts on this website, it is romantic to think it is the poem of an old fisherman creating a verbal map to his favorite fishing spot. I think the poem is direct but uses uncommon uses of word or plays on the words such as ‘home of Brown’ meaning the word home might be painted brown (except that nagging capital ‘B’ which makes it a proper noun and I believe not by accident). My next step is to rewrite the poem with my interpretation and then sit back and feel proud in my genius, knowing I am not wrong until the treasure is found. Happy hunting to those that actually get to hunt the treasure!

  54. michael r rankin says:

    Hello Jenny my name is Michael and I have read a lot of other Searchers thoughts and you are the only one who now makes me worry with what you have shared, even though you have no Clue what you have found from what I gather but another Searcher may have a Clue. I have been waiting for things to be as they need to be for me to retrieve the Chest since I stood over it in October and until now my wait wasn’t so bad but next week if weather allows I may have your answer to one of your questions and will try to contact you again and share with you my Solve. Until then Ponder this, one Path from the South and one Path from the North meeting in the middle where the Chest lies.

    • Nathan Bellew says:

      I think we may have the same solve, but mine is incomplete. Email me at I live in Wyoming and I can easily travel to any of the 4 states. I would also be willing to go 75/25 on the chest. (75 you, 25 me). Let me know… N.

  55. Steve says:

    Found this thread looking for Brown Trout near the Hoover Dam , Where warm waters end I believe is at the Hoover dam, down that canyon there are Brown Trout fishing holes or the home of Brown, (he is a big fisherman) I’d say somewhere around Willow Beach.

  56. Steppenwolf Goats says:

    So what if put in below the home of Brown simply means that you’ll put your watercraft in a river dictated by the preceding lines at an elevation below the resting spot of the bronze chest? Bronze is after all a brown colour; So the “home of Brown” could be the resting spot or home of the bronze chest or Brown and Brown could be his name for the chest.

  57. Darrell says:

    Could be Brown’s Hole (Park), which was visited by Joe Meek

  58. Zach says:

    What about Browns Creek Waterfall? Behind it maybe? Sounds like a fairly easy trail I believe near access roads and a resort. Works with most of the clues from what I can interpret. Cold, water high, home of brown, down from hot springs, no paddle creek, hike no walk, and so on. Just a thought if he is saying he could go back.

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