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Writer
Benchmark Maps

Owner
Air Force

Affiliations

Founder
Old Santa Fe Trading Co

Founder
Fenn Gallery LLC

Founder
Fenn Gallery LLC

Education



Texas Community College

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Forrest Fenn hidden treasure - millionaire hides chest of gold and jewels and encourages public to head outdoors to find it

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Tens of thousands have trekked through Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming in search of Forrest Fenn's hidden treasure. To date, the location of the treasure remains a mystery, despite a plethora of clues pointing to its location.
About Forrest Fenn
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Forrest Fenn, millionaire writer, art dealer, and artifact collector, says he hid his treasure to get people off of their couches and into the wilderness. To say Forrest Fenn himself is a modern-day Indiana Jones would be an understatement. Fenn flew more than 300 missions in Vietnam and was shot down twice before retiring from the Air Force. From there, Fenn opened an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico where his business quickly grew serving high-end clients including Jackie Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg, Gerald Ford, John Wayne, Cher, and several members of the Rockefeller family.
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Yes, Fenn has adventures in droves. When he's not galloping around the world's mountains, forests, and deserts looking for ancient artifacts, he's dodging FBI agents eager to swift away his treasures. In 2009, just one year before his decision to bury the treasure, the FBI raided Fenn's home in connection with a multi-state investigation into grave-robbing and artifact theft in the Southwest United States. An undercover FBI agent had toured Fenn's shop, filled with hundreds of wondrous ancient finds, and decided Fenn must have robbed graves. The case is still ongoing and although the FBI, Bureau of Land Management, and Fenn refuse to comment on it, Fenn's general disdain for the government's heavy-handiness is all-too-apparent (the importance of this is noted below).
Forrest Fenn's decision to hide a treasure chest full of riches
In 1986, Forrest Fenn was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer. The diagnoses was especially devastating to Fenn as just one year earlier, his terminally ill father (pancreatic cancer) took 50 sleeping pills and died by his own hand at his home in Texas. Given a 20% chance of survival, Fenn found himself in a similar situation. He underwent chemo and radiation treatment despite doctors insistence that no matter what they did, the cancer would almost certainly return. For Fenn, death by cancer was not an option.
"If it comes back, I'm going to grab a pocketful of sleeping pills, take a treasure chest filled with treasure and a copy of my bio; and I'm going to walk out into the desert. Sometime they'll find my bones and the treasure, but my bio will be inside the box, so at least they'll know who I was."
In addition to surviving against the odds, Fenn was determined to leave behind a legacy. He thought about leaving behind various caches of hidden bronze bells, each stuffed with a copy of his life story. In fact, he buried several of these bronze bells before his circumstances turned dire prompting a change in aspiration - and generosity.
According to Fenn, he intended to die, with his treasure nearby, in the wilderness that he loved. Fate however, dealt Fenn a surprising hand. Against all odds, Fenn survived his battle with cancer. After further thought, he decided to go ahead and bury his treasure hinting that the hunt would encourage families to head outdoors, explore nature's wonders,and get kids "away from their texting machines". And so, in 2009 (or 2010, the exact year the treasure was hidden has never been revealed), Fenn filled a lockbox with treasure and "hid" it outdoors.
Forrest Fenn's lockbox full of gold, jewelry and ancient artifacts
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Forrest Fenn's bronze treasure chest The lockbox Fenn filled with treasure is a treasure itself - it dates to about 1150 AD. It measures 10x10x5, weighs 42 pounds (including its contents), and is constructed of ancient bronze. Fenn filled the box with gold nuggets (hundreds, some as large as a chicken egg), 265 gold coins (mostly American eagles and double eagles), rare coins, pre-Columbian gold animal figures, jewelry (including a Spanish 17th century gold-and-emerald ring and a bracelet with turquoise beads excavated in 1898 from Mesa Verde which Fenn says he would like back if the treasure is found while he is still alive), and gemstones - hundreds of rubies, diamonds, emeralds, and two Ceylon sapphires. Oh, and a 20,000 word autobiography sealed in a glass jar. After Fenn hid the treasure, he published a memoir (The Thrill of the Chase) containing a cryptic poem with nine clues directing treasure-seekers to the chest's secret location.
Clues to the location of Forrest Fenn's hidden treasure
Sales for Forrest Fenn's 2010 memoir, titled The Thrill of the Chase, slowly gained momentum after media outlets began reporting on the exciting hidden treasure the eccentric millionaire whisked away into the wilderness. It was especially notable that all proceeds from the book were assigned to a local bookstore with half of the monies distributed to a cancer-patient assistance organization. Inside the memoir was a 24-line poem containing nine clues (see full poem and analysis below). Fenn insists, even years later, that everything needed to find the treasure is in the poem (and further suggests that a single word in the poem is critical to the solution). If you ask Fenn today how to find the treasure, he will tell you flatly, "go back to the poem".
After the publication of The Thrill of the Chase, Fenn occasionally released additional hints and subtle clarifications. A 10th clue was revealed on the Today Show on March 1, 2013 when he added that the treasure was hidden more than 5,000 feet above sea level in the Rocky Mountains somewhere north of Santa Fe. On March 27, 2013, an eleventh clue was revealed on the Today Show when Fenn cautioned that there was "no need to dig up old outhouses, the treasure is not associated with any structure. Later Fenn added that the treasure is not in a graveyard and narrowed down the search area to a four-state zone - New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana (specifically, he said the treasure was not in Idaho or Utah).
Various additional clues emerge providing further directives to eager Forrest Fenn treasure hunters
Since 2010, various additional clues have been revealed by Fenn, some via email to frustrated treasure hunters, some in media interviews, some via casual comments on websites. Below is a mishmash collection of theories and extraneous clues regarding the possible location of Forrest Fenn's treasure.
Is Forrest Fenn's treasure hidden on government-owned public land?
Given the vast wilderness and large swaths of government-owned public land in the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, many have wondered if the treasure is located on public land which of course, could present quite a quandary for the person who discovers and recovers the Fenn Treasure. When asked if the location of the treasure was on federal land, Fenn shared his opinion on "public property" and the rights of citizens,
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Over the years, Fenn has refused to say whether or not the treasure is located on government-owned property saying that the disclosure would be "too big of a clue". On the other hand, Fenn's statements make it apparent that he believes he would be entitled to use public land ("I own the government. I'm a taxpayer.") He once told a reporter,
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Some of Forrest Fenn's artifact collection Many believe the treasure is located within or near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana. It is common knowledge that Fenn is quite fond of Yellowstone (once saying "I absolutely love that place") and he has been known to travel to Montana, through Colorado and Wyoming, on several occasions. In fact, his family spent much time in Yellowstone during his youth.
Fenn's family spent at least 20 summers in Yellowstone National Park. His mother died in a trailer park near Cameron, Montana, just north of the park where the west fork of the Madison River runs into the Lower Madison River. The Fenn family often camped near Fishing Bridge (a structure that spans the Yellowstone River as it exits Yellowstone Lake) at a location where Fenn remembers Grizzlies (think "brown") killing several people each summer that he was there.
The Fenn family also camped often in West Yellowstone where Fenn recalled a "secret location" where his family would stash their gear.
"We just drove the car out into the forest about half a mile, and unloaded everything."
According to Fenn, the gear was always there when they returned.
In Fenn's The Thrill of the Chase, he recalls the family's favorite fishing spots along the Madison River - Slow Bend, Nine Mile Hole, and the Water Hole. All of these spots he held dear, especially Nine Mile Hole which Fenn recalls "could only hold one fisherman".

John Ryan, of Las Cruces, travels ...

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John Ryan, of Las Cruces, travels north on Interstate 25 near Truth or Consequences, heading toward Wyoming in search of Forrest Fenn's hidden treasure at the start of Memorial Day weekend.

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The treasure hunters take a moment to stop for a photograph at the border of Colorado and New Mexico during their expedition to find Forrest Fenn's hidden treasure.
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Fenn has spent much of his 84 years collecting rare artifacts and has lived an exciting life. After graduating from high school, he joined the Air Force and became a fighter pilot. During the Vietnam War, Fenn flew hundreds of missions, and was even shot down twice, in Laos and south Vietnam.
While stationed in Asia, he would use his leave to fly to Pompeii, where he began collecting. It was a hobby that, after he retired from the service, would become a career. Fenn opened a successful gallery in Santa Fe, dealing in art and ancient artifacts.
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In 1988, Forrest was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer.
The disease was virtually a death sentence; Fenn's chance of surviving it, his doctors said, was about 20 percent. So he began treatment, and - for the first time in his life - he starting thinking about his legacy. He wrote a book, "The Thrill of the Chase."
Fenn beat the cancer. But while receiving treatment, he spent several years composing a poem. At the same time, he was carefully selecting and gathering gold coins, diamonds, emeralds and other gems, and placing them in a large bronze chest. When he was finished amassing the treasure and filling the chest, he drove up into the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe, and he hid it.
Only Forrest Fenn knows where that treasure chest, weighing more than 40 pounds and estimated to be worth more than $2 million, is hidden. Fenn's poem is said to contain nine clues which, if properly decoded and followed correctly, will lead you straight to that box of gold and gems. It's not an easy riddle. Fenn believes 50,000 treasure hunters will search for the gold this summer. And, as far as Forrest Fenn knows, no one has found it yet.
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And Fenn has given several clues since that also fall right into place."
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John said that in his research, he'd come across some writings of Forrest Fenn.
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"Fenn was an avid fly-fisherman," John said.


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Author and art maven Forrest Fenn and the Inn and Spa at the Loretto invite guests on a treasure hunt; clues point to treasure valued at millions

The Inn and Spa at Loretto, managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, is pleased to announce a spring break opportunity meant to entice treasure hunters: The Thrill of the Chase package.
Somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe, NM, a bronze treasure chest filled with gold, jewels and other treasures is hidden. In his latest book, The Thrill of the Chase: A Memoir, author and former Fenn Gallery owner, Forrest Fenn, gives readers the clues needed to unlock the secret of the treasure's location. More recently, the treasure hunt has been featured on the TODAY Show and in an article on the Daily Beast.
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According to Fenn, "This memoir includes a true story about a secret treasure and an outrageous dare.

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