Feb 272013
Forrest Fenn's treasure chest

The 1150 AD (about) Treasure Chest

The following poem is found in the book The Thrill of the Chase by Forrest Fenn.  It is said to contain nine clues, and upon complete understanding, will lead a person to a bronze treasure chest filled with over a million dollars worth of treasure.  This chest of riches has been placed ‘somewhere in the Rocky mountains north of Santa Fe, New Mexico’ for anyone to find!

Although the meaning of the poem is believed to guide someone to the hidden treasure, the book is said to hold ‘subtle clues’ to help one with their quest.  Many treasure hunters, who are actively pursuing the ‘title to the gold’, have also purchased The Thrill of the Chase from Collected Works.

Below, is Mr. Fenn’s poem which encourages all to get involved with the thrill of the chase!

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.


Good Luck!  And most of all have fun!

Mr. Fenn’s Website: www.oldsantafetradingco.com

ADDITION:  MARCH 1st Clue:  “The Treasure is hidden higher than 5000 feet above sea level.”

ADDITION: MARCH 27th Clue:  “No need to dig up the old outhouses, the treasure in not associated with any structure.”

ADDITION: MAY 3rd Clue: “The treasure is not in a graveyard.”

ADDITION: JUNE 28th Clue: “The treasure is not hidden in Idaho or Utah.”

Plus, here are some other Forrest Fenn Treasure Facts, like it’s not in Nevada or Canada either!

And don’t miss the ‘Featured Questions with Forrest’.  Here, Forrest answers Questions from searchers, and so there is lots of additional information found in them. If you have a Question for this segment, please use the contact form, linked above.


Please feel free to friend/ follow me, as I will be including updates on the treasure hunt, and sharing my different perspectives and adventures of ‘The Thrill of the Chase’ and other treasure hunts, as well.



  46 Responses to “The Thrill of the Chase Poem by Forrest Fenn”

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  1. Having been a two time cancer survivor myself, I yearn for adventure everyday.What i cannot do for myself,i try and do for others.I run an amazing tourist train for all ages,so its a bit hard to get time off.But i will buy your book and try and see about a vacation down south.

    • Congrats on winning the battle with cancer. The Thrill of the Chase is a wonderful book which captures the true values of life…it makes you think… and the poem at the end that leads to treasure is merely a fantastic bonus! I am glad you have survived to take part in the chase.

      I enjoy sharing my own thoughts here on this site about the book and treasure of Forrest Fenn (I just want to clarify-it is not my book).

      If you do get the chance to vacation and search for the treasure…I would love to hear about it. And the best of luck to you!

  2. I have not read the book. As I just read an article on MSN about this book and quest for treasure. I, too, am a cancer survivor from Bell County, TX. My theory of your treasure chest…..the treasure is in the quest; travelling and hiking through some of the most beautiful scenery in our great country and the memories made with our loved ones.

    Wishing you many more years of a great life. Oh! I will be getting your book, sounds fantastic!!

  3. Forrest Fenn, is a very special person– giving encouragement to get up–get out– and do something besides be a couch potato— we have so much beauty in our Country to enjoy. I am seventy-six, still
    moving, working, gardening, life is a treasure — don’t waste a minute– I plan on reading the Book but my
    dream would be going on this treasure hunt– to enjoy all the beautiful scenery—I am so Thankful that
    Mr Fenn has won the battle with Cancer.

  4. Thank God , was able to fight cancer. Hope you’ll get to see the treasure get un barried.
    And I hope someone who really needs it finds it. God bless ! Zoraida Morffy

  5. I have three sisters and two sister-in-laws who have been struck by cancer. Sadly one of my sister-in-laws lost the battle. That loss brought my family even closer together and taught us the real value of life is being together. I agree that family is the greatest treasure one can have but it sure is great when we can all go in search for one that is buried. New Mexico is a breath taking state and one to visit again and again. Buried treasure or not It is a place we will visit any chance we have. Thank you Mr. Fenn for your encouragement to explore this wonderful state. Margie Chant

  6. If there is a treasure, it’s in yellow stone park in the pond, lake or stream you mention in the book and poem, you bathe in as a child and young adult. In the drainage pipe system of the pond, lake or stream you bathe in as a youngster. In the drainage connecting pipes or run off pipes that connect the warm to the cold water you bathe in, at the lake, pond or stream you bathe in as a child or young adult in yellow stone national park, drainage pipe system. You placed it in the pipe at yellow stone park in you’re favorite bath spot drainage pipe system. ” Clever.”

  7. I would look to the sky, for a silver box if I were a treasure hunter, look first to the Holy Grail, in AQUILAE, then read your native american and early pioneer folklore for a yankee doodle trick, and then remember like it says in the bible “As above, so below”

  8. The 5000′ above sea level is quite a good clue! The eyes of Eagle see from high above the hemisphere.

  9. I hope the next clue will be whether a non-athletic person can reach it. I believe I know the general viciinity of where it sounds like I wouldn’t be able to get tto the exact location. Not for the “meek”, a steep trail “blaze”? in water?

  10. I wish I was close enough to go look. Sounds like fun. Just from the poem my instincts tell me it is in a cave. It’s the only place where he wouldn’t have to bury it by digging a hole and it would be somewhat protected from the elements. Sounds like he waded through some chest high cold water to get to it’s resting spot. My guess is it is near a ‘blaze’ which is a hole in the cave where light shines in. He likes native american stuff and they lived in cave like places carved into the hillsides. Also doesn’t Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn find a treasure while lost deep in a cave. I’m going with cave. Just find the warm water creek (geothermal) that ends in a sinkhole. The cave entrance is about a 4 hour walk down the canyon from that spot, hah! From there you’ll have to go into a flooded cave system, not for the meek!

  11. Fenns treasure is NOT gonna be found by someone with the sole purpose of just looking out of the greed of money. Thats not how it should be found. It will be someone like Fenn, who just is aimlessly out there in the woods and just happens to stumble upon it. They will have LOVE for the outside and will be put in that position because THATS how its meant to be found!!

  12. The real treasure is the adventure at hand and the beauty that surrounds…

  13. If anyone found the treasure. What can you do with a chess full golds? Just thinking. Winning a lottery is one thing, but a chess full of golds; most people hardly ever think about often.

  14. Cool, however I feel this was easy to decipher. Here’s what I came up with; 1- Mr. Fenn is dying of cancer and want’s to leave a legacy behind for everyone. 2- He wants people to get up off their asses and out from in front of T.V. and explore their world around them, his clues are from places in his mind that he has enjoyed throughout his life. He just want’s to share with the world the thing’s he has experienced in life. What a better way then to let poeple believe there is a treasure to bed had if you figure out his “map”, lying at the end.
    Enjoy the things around you before they are taken away!

  15. These clues I have worked out I think is the chest is inside a waterfall that runs into a hot spring because if its not to far but to far to walk its you must aether swim or climb I believe it is behind a waterfall that runs into a hot spring witch would be nerd a volcano with a forest around you

    • Tower falls in YSP has steam vents and warm waters that ate the lime stone and left towering Rhyolite towers on the top of the fall might be heavy loads and water high. to get to the bottom you have to take a trail on the east side of the canyon not far to get to the bottom, just a 130 ft but to far because you have to walk the sides of the canyon to get down to the water fall where there are petrified trees near the fall which slow it flow in winter time.
      You won’t need a paddle in the cold water it will be low enough to walk in and the wood are near the place the waters halts in winter, and in summer the falls are out of the way from heavily traveled areas so it you can hear the roar of the fall unless you are very close to it. Rhyolite rock is brite grey and when the sun shines on it it seems to glow. So Tarry Scant and have a great day.

  16. This has been a very enjoyable experience. I have been in search 6 times now (with no luck yet) but I have found I have enjoyed the exploration and history I have discovered.

  17. Cimarron Canyon
    Clear creek trail, waterfall(up creek without a paddle, heavy load and water high) walking up a creek without a paddle cause its a trial not literall, heavy load , hiking gear/backpack
    near an abandon town or settlement (not near in graveyard?? cimarron cemetry tolby
    riches old and new, minining towns /history
    these places above sea level too, no farfrom where fenn lives

  18. Its interesting to read it
    As a poem that’s not about a box full of gold.
    And look at it as a poetry piece too.
    There are some incredibly odd choices on the part of the writer.
    An abundance of alliteration. Some rhymes that don’t quite.
    A vocab that’s common salt of the earth 90% of the time and 5% that’s nearly Shakespearean.
    Deliberate punctuation. Oddly thrice-rocky meter.
    But theme wise, it’s about life and death. And time might an important aspect to that. …

  19. Just a thought, Fenn says I keep my secret where ? Where he went alone, where he hints of treasure new and old, where he goes boldly in, where no one is with him it’s a place he knows really well. It’s the place only Mr. Fenn goes and he is always alone. The secret hidden box is in a secret hidden place. It’s below the home of Molly Brown or someone named Brown. The million dollar box is in a place too far for anyone to walk . The treasure is not buried but it’s underground. If you find it you will be cold. So just begin it where warm waters halt or where there is no warm water at all. Don’t forget to go down a canyon or hallway steps. F.y.I the treasure is right where Mr. Fenn put it . ( It’s in his basement vault) with all his other treasure new and old. Mr. Fenn likes to keep his secrets where? In his vault . Game Over. If anyone goes in there they will end up cold. Dead and cold. Thanks for nothing Fenn.

  20. I really hate to burst everyone’s bubble but let’s get real. No body will ever decipher TT O T C poem. Not you, me or even the CI A the FB I , not even the Israeli Intelligence agency could decipher that poem. The author uses
    words to describe a place on a map that only make sense to him. It’s like telling someone to go stand in the corner of a round room, you’ll never find the corner . Nobody will ever find the box of gold . I think it’s great people are getting out of the house but if your looking for Fenn’s treasure your wasting your money and time.
    I think people underestimate what Mr. Fenn is capable of doing to make money. How many books did he sell?
    Does he own stock in a hotel’s around Santa Fe? Does he still sell Indian artifacts ? Great advertising.

    How many people have looked for the box of gold ? How long has the search been going on? I’ll tell you, thousands of people over the past four years have searched for Fenn’s gold, How much gold was recovered ? Zero amount of gold found, That’s zero dollars . How much money was spent by Fennseeks ? Probably millions of dollars spent looking for phantom gold. WOW

    I think Fenn is really a good guy. He probably ment well and he probably never cheated at cards, but l don’t
    believe he put gold or anything worth millions of dollars in the mountains for some poor sap to find. Rich people
    don’t do things like that unless they sell books or own stock in hotel’s or restaurants. Holy cow !!!! That’s the answer to the poem TT O T C. Buy stock in the Santa Fe area then chase everyone there to spend money.
    That’s the thrill, while your chasing the gold, the stock holders are cashing your check s. Yep , yep yeppy I’m going to be rich…….

  21. Mr. Fenn
    What a great story! I read the pome two to three times a month and discuss with a co-worker and family members. Some don’t believe in hidden treasure and some do. For those that don’t good for them. For those that do they won’t be bothered by the non believers during there quest for the gold. Your story is the stuff of legend and adventure. The great United States of America and some of its citizens have lost there sense of adventure. The GOOD ENOUGH attitude these days has been excepted as the normal way to live and work. Your book challenges that way of thinking and living our lives in this great country we call home! Once again thank you for what you started! VVP IDAHO.

  22. Fenn is quite a genius and I do believe his story is true. A man who was dying of cancer will do these things for obvious reasons. One of them is to enjoy beauty, another is the thrill of the chase, and the third is that he hopes that the one who finds his treasure will use it wisely! Like I said: A genius!

  23. Mr. F the reason the chest hasn’t been found is because you’re still holding onto it in your heart,,,,you haven’t really given it up, no you see if you had the idea would have been given to the person that is supposed to find it,at this pointThe chest is obscured in the shadows. When you make your exit and you’re truly ready to give up the chest then it will be found.

  24. Thank you forrest, from a dreamer.
    I always say; be positive, optimistic, hopeful, have a dream, believe in God and love your children.
    Oh and did I mention I’m smiling! :)

  25. I would love to do this. I lost my grandpa to brain cancer six months ago, he was a local park ranger in TN. He loved the woods.


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