Forrest Fenn, an art collector and dealer from Santa Fe, New Mexico hid treasure a decade ago which has now been found. PHOTO COURTESY FORREST FENN

Forrest Fenn says his treasure has been found


For years people could be seen completely absorbed, charting maps and scribbling GPS coordinates on scraps of paper in Big Sky bars and restaurants. Some traveled from other countries. There have been whispers for years that Forrest Fenn’s treasure was hidden up Taylor Fork. So hunters traveled to the Treasure State with the hope of securing treasure – braving the wilderness after endless research.

The hunt is now over. Fenn recently informed the world that the treasure chest he hid in the Rocky Mountains a decade ago was found.

“It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago,” he wrote on his website. “I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot. I congratulate the thousands of people who participated in the search and hope they will continue to be drawn by the promise of other discoveries.”

No other details have been released yet, but a post on his website states they are forthcoming.

“When I hid the treasure, this country was in a recession and lots of people were losing their jobs,” he wrote via email a few years ago. “I wanted to give hope to those who were willing to strike the trail and search for something that would make their existence a little easier.”

He also wanted to steer people – and particularly children – to the natural world that was so much a part of his boyhood.

Despite Fenn’s repeated reminders to hunters that the treasure was not hidden in a dangerous place, a few people still sought riches in the wrong areas and merely found their demise. Most recently one man was rescued after being stuck in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone this past winter.

Fenn now estimates that somewhere around 250,000 people took to the wilderness with some gear and a lot of hope – led by the poem he penned that contained the clues.

“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 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.

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