Solve This Millionaire's Riddle, And You'll Be On Your Way To Finding His Hidden Treasure

"I give you title to the gold."

New Mexico millionaire and art collector Forrest Fenn has quite the ploy to get people off the couch and out in the world, building human connections.


And it involves gold. A LOT of gold.

Fenn, 84, has apparently hidden an estimated $2 million worth of treasure in a chest believed to be somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.

The cache contains "mostly American eagles and double eagles, hundreds of gold nuggets, some as large as chicken eggs, ancient Chinese carved jade figures, Pre-Columbian gold animal artifacts, lots of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds and other things," according to his interview with ABC.

The former Vietnam pilot came up with the treasure hunt when he was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer in 1988, according to Canadian publication The National Post.

In order to find the hidden cache, buried five years ago in an unknown location, one must read Fenn's memoir "The Thrill Of The Chase."

The book contains a poem with exactly nine clues to help you get started. 

"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."

The rest? It's up to you.

Fenn has said people have come within 200 feet of the chest. We're confident you'll get even closer. Happy hunting!

Cover image via  Fer Gregory / Shutterstock.


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