Forrest Fenn Treasure Clues

The Poem

This poem written by Forrest Fenn contains nine clues that if followed precisely, will lead to the end of his rainbow and the treasure. Happy Hunting!

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 answer 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.

Today Show Clues for the Forrest Fenn Treasure

Forrest Fenn Treasure Today Show

Clue #10
The treasure is hidden higher than 5,000 feet above sea level.

Clue #11
No need to dig up the old outhouses, the treasure is not associated with any structure.

Clue #12
The treasure is not in a graveyard

Clue #13
The treasure is not hidden in Idaho or Utah

New Mexico tourist board commercial clues(?) for Forrest Fenn Treasure

Forrest Fenn Treasure New Mexico Tourist Board Commercial

Mr Fenn is featured in a New Mexico tourist board video where he seems to give some extra clues to the Forrest Fenn Treasure:

If I was standing where the treasure chest is..
I would see trees
I would see mountains
I would see animals
I would smell wonderful smells of pine needles or pinon nuts, sage brush,
and I know the treasure chest is wet.
Well you’ve asked me a lot of questions and some of them, most of them I’ve answered and a few I haven’t, but I’ve got to tell you there’s one thing I told you that I wish I had not.

According to an interview with the Santa Fe New Mexican:

the video contains a couple of potentially misleading clues. First, Fenn states in the video that if he were standing near the treasure, “I’d smell wonderful smells, of pine needles or piñon nuts or sagebrush.”
He also says in the video: “I know the treasure chest is wet.”
But in an interview with The New Mexican, Fenn said, “That video didn’t have any clues. It might influence some people to come to New Mexico, but I don’t want to give the impression that I am giving that as a clue because I am not.”
Fenn said if the treasure were in the wilderness, of course it would be wet. Just because the video shows a river, that doesn’t mean the chest is underwater.
And he said he erred in mentioning piñon nuts. He really meant pine needles.

Some useful links

Pinyon Pine


Mysterious Writings – Nine Clues

Daal’s Cheat Sheet