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On the Hunt for Forrest Fenn's Treasure
$1,000,000 Hidden in the Rockies

18 May 2017 | Mri Grout


Can you imagine a more epic way to cover your travel expenses than by finding a chest full of treasure in the Rocky Mountains? Neither could we and that's why we decided to detour a few hundred miles on our 2017 Rockies: Tandem Cycling Expedition to Independence Rock in search of Forrest Fenn's million dollar treasure. Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for you, we didn't solve his cryptic poem and cross upon his chest of gold, so there's still a fortunous treasure hidden somewhere in the Rockies, just waiting for you to find it.

Who is Fenn & Why Did He Hide Treasure in the Rockies?

Well sometime in his old age, Forrest was diagnosed with cancer and told he only had a limited time left to live. However, instead of just spending all of his fortune on himself in his final moments or leaving it all behind in his will, he took a good chunk of the gold, jewels, and antiques that he had collected over the years, put them inside a bronze treasure chest (estimated to be worth $30,000 on its own), and then hid it somewhere in the Rockies for all to find. Fortunately though, instead of dying by his chest and thought-to-be last hurrah, Forrest beat his cancer (whether for a time or for good I do not know) and has since been able to witness his masterful plan of getting more people to go outdoors.

Unfortunately however, he's also being hounded by all of the bully 'treasure hunters' who think constant harrasments and death threats will cause the veteran to finally spill the treasure's location. But in all of these years, he's held strong and so that is the main reason why I truly belive that Forrest Fenn's treasure is still out there, just waiting to be found.

And the only way to find it is by solving Forrest Fenn's poem.

And What is Forrest Fenn's 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.

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 quicky 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.

My Theory of a Solution to Forrest Fenn's Poem:

I had a solution that I thought fit the poem surprisingly well and so upon searching at Independence Rock I found...nothing but the giant rock, which is kinda hard to miss even without my glasses. Ahahahaha.

Anyway, this is how I deciphered Forrest Fenn's poem and even though it's wrong, maybe it can still help you think of somewhere new to search.

Lifelong Vagabonds at where warm waters halt

1. Warm waters halt: warm = sweet, waters = river with 2+ 'waters' in its name or a water source with currents/waves, halt = to stop temporarily (like at a 'gate' that's the opposite of sweet) So where warm waters halt is where Sweetwater River crosses through Devil's Gate, Wyoming.
2. Take it in the canyon down: down = way the river flows naturally, simply south of the canyon, or where it drops in elevation
3. Not far, but too far to walk: Sweetwater river was crossed multiple times by pioneers because they deemed it to be too curvy to follow, also clue #4 is only six miles away as the crow flies
4. Put in below the home of Brown: put in = boat terms meaning 'to dock,' home of Brown = the home of a dead person is where parts of them remain (whether bone wise or signature wise) and maybe someone called Brown carved their name into Independence Rock [though didn't find]
5. From there it's no place for the meek: meek, not weak and meek = submissive or rule followers. So maybe go off the beaten path, though we didn't find anything at Independence Rock that seemed to fit from here on.
6. The end is ever drawing nigh: drawing nigh = old phrase of 'on your left'
7. There'll be no paddle up your creek: no paddle = no water so not needed; creek = dry creek bed
8. Just heavy loads and water high: heavy loads = inside a cave & water high = cave that has some water at high tide or just water dripping from the ceiling
9. If you've been wise and found the blaze, look quickly down your quest to cease: blaze = marker that is on a sort of natural timer (like sunlight or a high tide marker) where you have to be quick or you'll miss it.

So what do you think the cryptic clues of Forrest Fenn's poem mean? We would love to hear your take and stories of your own search for Forrest Fenn's treasure in the comments below!

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