Fenn’s Treasure

No one helps anybody else find treasure. And no one should think that someone who hides treasure and sets up a riddle to find it is going to make it easy. . .

There are those who think Forrest Fenn’s Treasure is a hoax. Others have sought it by relying on a single clue rather than 9 clues that are supposed to be in his poem/riddle. A couple have died looking for it.

As your friendly neighborhood Q, you know I must have heard early on of Fenn’s Treasure. Treasure hunting is one of the ultimate and most enjoyable quests. It’s a mystery to solve with a great benefit at the end. No serials, no tragedies (hopefully), no wading through old records. . .  What adrenaline junkie Forrest Fenn did was give everyone who likes the “thrill of the chase” a great quest to embark upon. It’s cerebral, athletic, adventurous . . .and dangerous. Yet no one truly helps someone else find over a million in gold, coins, jewels, and artifacts. His poem is not easy.

Missing Treasure Hunter

But if Fenn is sincere, the storied treasures lies someone in the Rocky Mountains in a heavy bronze box waiting to be picked up. For so the poem with its riddles says. If one finds the right spot they can merely look down and see the chest and pick it up.

Let’s adopt a helpful attitude here rather than the negative hoax theory. Those who say it is a hoax note that the poem carries no reference to what time of year is best to look for the treasure. The Rockies are subject to heavy snowfall, melt off, rain, mud slides, etc.

Well, I would assume late spring to summer would be the best time anyway to go look. But if the object of the quest is truly there to be found, as implied in the poem, we can deduce a few things:

The treasure trove is placed in a location where weather is not a factor. It is outside supposedly; so the area is not subject to heavy snows, rain, mudslides, etc. In the Rockies that limits the area. It is above 5,000 feet he said. But then everything in the Rockies is. It is below 14,000 feet. He was too old to go that high. He was, in fact, 79 when he hid his treasure.

Everybody takes his age as the first undeclared clue. How far can an old man get with that kind of weight? Fenn has implied that his age is relevant.

The “blaze”? Some think it a cave or an abandoned mine; but if a cave then spelunkers would have found it by accident by now. After all, it was hid in 2010.

Others have noted that “home of Brown” is obviously one of the most significant clues. And it seems others have weedled more info out of the aging Fenn. He said you know where the home of Brown is and you can walk right to the treasure.  Others have complicated things by weedling more out of him. He has supposedly said that he took 2 trips from his car in one day to hide his heavy treasure. So, you can actually drive near enough to the location. . . but only if you know where lies the “home of Brown” apparently. Otherwise you have to start where he said: “where warm waters halt.” They are halted or they halt something?


It isn’t easy to find it, and of course it is not meant to be easy. Context tells us that. Fenn has told everybody the location– the American Rocky Mountains. Some have spent the better part of their life looking for the fabled Lost Dutchman in the much more confined area of the Superstition Mountains.  Others have ardently sought Montezuma’s Gold in a smaller area of the Southwest. A small bronze box with 1 million in treasure in the Rockies? It’s not likely to be easy.

The treasure is growing in value, and it is lovely to behold from the pictures of the contents of the old medieval bronze chest. The chest itself must be worth something. It still awaits, and it still beckons those who seek “easy” and fabulous wealth. For those online, it is purely for the “thrill of the chase.”

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.


One thought on “Fenn’s Treasure

  1. Q-Man, great read, I love it when you venture outside of True Crime. Just wanted to say something about the word, ‘blaze.’ It can be used to refer to a horse’s markings, more specifically a ‘wide white stripe down the middle of the face.’
    Not sure that is Fenn’s intent with the word, but just another tidbit to throw into the pot.

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