Is Forrest Fenn’s Legendary Treasure in Utah?
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If Forrest Fenn is telling the truth, there’s a treasure worth millions of dollars somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. And many people believe the loot is somewhere in close proximity to Utah.
Fenn, an eccentric multimillionaire, announced years ago that he’d hidden the treasure to leave a lasting legacy and to inspire Americans to get off their couches and go search for it. He’s a renowned collector and has said the treasure consists of some of his favorite antiques, including ancient figurines, a 17th-century Spanish ring, gold coins, gold nuggets, rubies, diamonds, sapphires and more.
To help adventurers hone in on the treasure's location, Fenn included a handful of clues in his published memoirs. Among the nine hints are cryptic references to things such as "warm waters" and "the home of Brown."
Here is the original poem that Fenn wrote in his book:
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 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.
So there you have it. The clues are tantalizingly ambiguous. Some of them sound like they could fit right into Utah geography, but there are some reports that Fenn has actually made comments that eliminated the state from contention.
Regardless, it’s possible that the clues refer to Utah locations and the treasure could be found in a neighboring state. One popular theory is that the treasure is in a place called Lodore Canyon. Flaming Gorge Reservoir would be the place where “warm water halt,” then the series of clues match up in a way that lead many to the aforementioned canyon.
Of course, there are a million theories. And there’s a chance that all of them are wrong. So take a minute to review the clues and see if they ring a bell for you. Who knows? You might be the lucky one who cracks the code and claims Fenn’s once-in-a-lifetime treasure!
Other points of Interest:
Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. Is this the "home of brown" mentioned in the poem?