In 2010, 86-year-old Forrest Fenn set in motion a real life treasure hunt. Fenn hid millions of dollars in treasure somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. He has provided clues to its location, but the ‘pot of gold’ remains undiscovered. His hope since day one was for families to go searching for it together and enjoy quality time bonding in nature.
Fenn hid treasures on two separate trips. On his first trip, he hid a bronze Romanesque chest. On his second trip, he hid a backpack stuffed with gold coins, gold nuggets, and gems. Both are stashed somewhere in the vast mountain range, and while thousands have attempted to find it, no one has struck gold just yet.
Fenn isn’t surprised that no one has found the treasure. “No one will happen upon the treasure,” he shared with Business Insider. “They will have to figure out the clues before they can find it."
Fenn has provided a lot of clues, including a map of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. You can find the clues in two of Fenn’s books, “The Thrill of the Chase” and “Too Far to Walk.” One of Fenn’s poems includes a record-breaking 9 clues, such as, “begin it where warm waters halt.”
So how does Fenn suggest we find the hidden treasure? “Read the clues in my poem over and over and study maps of the Rocky Mountains. Try to marry the two. The treasure is out there waiting for the person who can make all the lines cross in the right spot."
2 men have already died on the hunt for Fenn’s treasure. Pastor Paris Wallace was found deceased near the Rio Grande. His wife said he had traveled to New Mexico to find the bronze chest hidden by Fenn, which he believed to contain around $2 million.
Prior to Wallace, Randy Bilyeau was found deceased along the Rio Grande after months of searching for him. At the time of his death, he was rafting down the river in search of the treasure.
Fenn never intended for anyone to die looking for the treasure. In fact, the tragic occurrences have caused him to consider digging up the treasure and calling it quits. But he hasn’t pulled the plug just yet.
“Regardless of where you think the treasure is you should not exceed your physical and mental capabilities," he told Westworld. "The treasure is not in a dangerous place. They should remember that I was about 80 when I hit it."