Don't Let One Missed Clue Cost You from Discovering Forrest's Treasure

(Or prevent you from using your unique set of thinking skills to come up with an intelligent search thesis!)


Mr. Ballas: Thank you for taking the time to gather all of Forrest's quotes and clues together! I'm planning a trip out to the Rockies with my family to look for the treasure. I feel like I have a much better idea of where to look now based off the info you gave. Would recommend to anyone whose thinking of looking for the treasure but doesn't know where to start.

Evan, Newtown CT

Downloaded the guide a couple days ago. Great read - it’s a handy little list with all the clues in one place. I’m not the most tech savvy guy in the world, so this helped me find all the things Forrest said without having to get lost in a hundred different cyber links. Also good for people like me who don’t want to listen to all his old interviews.

Alex, Essex Fells NJ

The Forrest Fenn Treasure Chest

Welcome to the Exciting World of Forrest Fenn's Treasure Hunt!

In case you are not familiar with the story, here’s a brief summary of the Forrest Fenn treasure search.  If you are already up to date, feel free to skip over the next part.


Forrest Fenn, 88, is a retired art dealer and former Air Force pilot. Forrest was born in Temple, Texas, in 1930. As a child, Forrest spent a vast amount of his time outdoors, becoming a fishing expert as a teenager. Forrest went on to fight in the Vietnam War, where he flew 328 missions and was awarded the Silver Star for his valor in combat. After returning from the war, Forrest ventured into the business of dealing art, jewelry, artifacts, and everything in between.  Forrest’s business prospered, eventually attracting the attention of a number of famous celebrities, including Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas, and Robert Redford.  In the end, Forrest ended up doing very well for himself financially.

Tragically, in 1988, Forrest was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Believing his time left on earth was limited, he came up with an idea. He wanted to take a chest, fill it with gold and many other valuables, and go out to his “special place,” where he would die with the chest resting under his bones forever. In a most fortunate turn of events, Forrest made a full recovery. However, after some time had passed, he decided he still wanted to hide the chest. Over the course of 15 years, Forrest meticulously crafted the poem which would lead its reader to his treasure chest. He published the poem in his memoir The Thrill of the Chase in 2010. About a year or so before its publication, he took the treasure chest and hid it where he had previously planned to have his bones rest forever. Forrest’s primary reason for hiding the treasure chest is to give kids and families an incentive to spend time outdoors, something he cherished doing in his youth. Additionally, he wants to provide people with hope and positivity in their lives, because c’mon now – who doesn’t want to go on a real-life treasure hunt!


How do you find the treasure?

Here's the poem written by Forrest published in The Thrill of the Chase. It includes 9 clues which, if followed correctly, will take a searcher exactly to the treasure's location in the Rocky Mountains.

“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.”


For most people, the first time they read the poem leaves them a little stumped.


Fortunately, since the publication of the poem in Forrest’s book, The Thrill of the Chase, Forrest has released other clues about the whereabouts of the treasure in the form of radio and TV interviews, email correspondences, website correspondences, podcasts, and through word-of-mouth to friends.


This makes deciphering the clues MUCH easier when you have a little bit of context.


However, most of that extra information is scattered all across the Internet, making it very inconvenient to try and locate and put all the extra clues and information together.  Some of the websites you will discover information on are outdated or include information that is incorrect.  Others will pose radical theories that have been disproved by Forrest in later quotes.  As a method of distinguishing myself from some of these websites and blogs, I am only presenting baseline insights ground in FACT through the clues Forrest has reiterated time and time again.  Plus, a lot of people on these websites are keeping the best secrets to themselves.  I want to be able to share the hidden knowledge that, as Forrest puts it, "is what they whisper."


That's why I decided to put together a compilation of the most important clues, quotes, and information necessary to the Forrest Fenn treasure hunt.  Like many people, I became highly obsessed with the search when I first learned about it.  Since then, I can genuinely say that I have spent over 200 hours doing research, gathering information about the search, and developing my own personal theories.

What made me decide to create this guide?

I have a few reasons, but the main reason I'm doing this is so I can feel a sense of contribution if somebody reads my guide and ends up finding the chest.  I don't have enough time to make a hundred different treks out to the Rocky Mountains, but with the help of my guide, people will have the greatest chance of finding the treasure as possible.

(If you do find the treasure with the use of my guide, remember to send a gold nugget my way)

I’m offering you an exclusive, convenient, and well-organized list of all the additional clues Forrest has put out since the original release of the poem, along with the most pertinent information necessary to finding the treasure.  

With this guide, you will quickly be up to par with the top searchers in the Forrest Fenn treasure hunt community, and it may even give you a slight advantage over them if you are bright enough and can apply yourself correctly.

In regard to Forrest's books, definitely go check them out.  I enjoyed reading them a lot as they offer both wisdom and entertainment - Forrest's extraordinary tale is truly a unique one.  As you will learn in my guide, there are several "hints" in The Thrill of the Chase that can help a searcher with Forrest's clues in his poem.  I talk about these hints in my guide and go into more detail about what Forrest means when he refers to them in his books.

This guide is an invaluable resource to treasure searchers both new and old.  By the end of this guide, I guarantee searchers will be able to create a solid theory on the whereabouts of Forrest’s treasure before going out to the Rocky Mountains and putting their feet on the ground.

Best of luck!