Here’s the reason this man hid a million dollars of gold in the Rocky Mountains

There’s a box hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, it’s only 10 inches by 10 inches, but it’s got a million dollars worth of gold hiding inside of it, and only one man knows where it is.

What would you do if you had millions of dollars? Immediately quit your job, go on vacation and party with models, start a foundation and do some good? Forrest Fenn is a millionaire, and he decided it would be fun to hide a treasure chest filled with gold somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and to date – nobody’s found it.

Forrest Fenn is a former fighter pilot in Vietnam, he’s an archaeologist (self-taught), and a wildly successful art dealer. He’s also inspired tens of thousands of people to get outside and to explore nature in search of his hidden treasure.

“No one knows where that treasure chest is but me,” Fenn says. “If I die tomorrow, the knowledge of that location goes in the coffin with me.”

There’s a poem with clues, but even the very first line is still wildly debated. Clues to the treasure are available in his self-published book and online.


Here’s the start of the poem:

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.

In addition to the full poem, he’s revealed that the treasure rests above an elevation of 5,000, and it’s not in a mine or a graveyard.

Fancy yourself good at solving puzzles? Some people have been out dozens of times searching for the gold. They’ll look for the treasure, return home, check the clues again, try to figure out where  they went wrong. Each time, although disappointing to not find the  treasure, represents a fun and unique experience in nature.

The goal seems to be to get people outside, and appreciate nature, and he’s definitely accomplished that.