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Hints & Clues to Help You Find Forrest Fenn’s Treasure!


The statements Forrest has made seem to imply that the treasure chest isn’t on national park land, nor private land, but on something like Bureau of Land Management land (or in a conservation area or national forest or something like that).

This makes Montana a good candidate to contain the gold, as most of the areas that fit the clues are on land such as this.

For instance, you’ll definitely want to read our write up on the Joe Brown Boat Put-In as a possible solution for Fenn’s treasure.  The Joe Brown Put-in is right below Joe Brown Creek, which is right after a canyon down, which itself is right after the last hot spring when leaving Yellowstone.

Only Forrest Fenn knows where the gold lies...

Forrest Fenn grew up a short drive away in West Yellowstone, and fished constantly in nearby creeks and lakes.  So, Montana seems like a perfect location to hide the treasure chest and the gold.  People will immediately think Yellowstone, so this is a way to hide the treasure in Yellowstone, without it being in Yellowstone (or even in the same state, if you consider Yellowstone to be in Wyoming, and not just mostly Wyoming).

Oh yeah, and then you have this

The Devil’s Slide is in Montana, just outside of Yellowstone Park (a good place meek wouldn’t go), and it just so happens to be where Joe Meek was run off.

Some time in the middle of 2010, wealthy author/collector/archaeologist Forrest Fenn hid a medieval chest filled with gold coins and other valuable artefacts somewhere in the Rocky Mountains for anyone to go and retrieve.  He wrote a book called ‘The Thrill of the Chase’, in which he hid clues to help people find the treasure.

Inside the book is a poem which secretly encodes the whereabouts of this treasure chest.  If you can solve the puzzle, you can go and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not well over a million) right now!

But, hold your horses!  It’s not that easy.  Thousands upon thousands of people have tried - with absolutely no luck whatsoever!

Fortunately for you, we’re here to help guide you right to Fenn’s gold!

Gardiner - In ‘The Thrill of the Chase,’ the paragraph after the poem contains one place-name:  Gardiner’s Island.  

Gardiner’s Island is where Captain Kidd’s secret treasure is purported to be buried.  So, most people skip by this major hint.

Gardiner, Montana is right at the northern entrance into Yellowstone National Park.  

The nearby Gardner River is also named after the same person (but without the i).  

So, if West Yellowstone is the most prominent city on the western border of Yellowstone National Park (and it’s mentioned throughout the book), and Cody is the most prominent city on the eastern border (and it’s mentioned throughout the book, even being the name of a bull which is mention innumerable times), isn’t it interesting that the name of the most prominent city on the northern entrance is mentioned in the sentences which follow immediately after the poem?


Too bad there isn’t really a prominent city on the south side to check, just the Grand Tetons National Park.

Heavy loads could mean Electric, Montana.  A ghost town along the old Yellowstone trail and the defunct railway line (heavy loads).

Whereabouts in Montana?

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone (where Joe Brown struck gold).

Cinnabar Mountain (where Joe Meek was put upon by Native Indians and home to the Devil’s Slide).

Electric, Montana (Heavy Loads, a ghost town is not for the meek)

The Joe Brown Put-in.

The Old Yellowstone Trail & Railroad (which ceased running near Electric and the Devil’s Slide, a short walk from the Joe Brown Put-in, after a canyon down and warm water)

Other Ideas...:

Montana is a very good candidate to host Fenn’s gold.

If we had to lay odds, based on what we know today, we’d say there’s probably around a 50:50 chance that the treasure’s in Montana, pretty close to the northern border of Yellowstone Park.  Maybe a 1-in-3 chance it’s in Yellowstone.  And, the remaining sixth split between New Mexico and Colorado.

But, of course, that could change in an instant with any new information, potential solves, hints or clues!  

The Verdict:

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The Forrest Fenn Treasure


The Nine Clues

Where Warm Waters Halt

No Place for the Meek

Find The Blaze

Heavy Loads and Water High

Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze

Hear Me All and Listen Good

Brave and in the Wood

Treasures Bold

The End is Ever Drawing Nigh

Done it Tired and Weak

No Paddle Up Your Creek

Where to Begin?

Begin ===> Cease

Worth the Cold

Title to the Gold

As I have Gone Alone in There

Keep My Secret - Where?

Riches New and Old

The Canyon Down

Not Far, But Too Far to Walk

The Home of Brown

The Put-in Below the Home of Brown

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