After a Decade Long Search, The Treasure Hunt Is Finally Over

After a Decade Long Search, The $1M Treasure Hunt Is Over

This 10 year treasure chase ended this week and someone is 1M dollars richer

Around 350,000 brave souls have ventured into the depths of the Rocky Mountains for the past decade, searching for a treasure chest filled with gold, rubies, emeralds, and diamonds. Some have quit their jobs for the hunt, some found their untimely deaths in the mountains, and until this week, no one has ever found the promised treasure.

"The Thrill of the Chase"

In 2010, Forrest Fenn, an 89-year-old art and antiquities collector, announced he had hidden a chest full of pre-Columbian animal figures, gold nuggets and coins, Chinese jade faces, emerald rings, and other exotic items, somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.
He shared clues to the treasure’s location on his website and in a poem he published in his autobiography, “The Thrill of the Chase.”

a Hoax?

We must remember many have hunted for the chest in vain across remote corners of the west.
Some have suggested it was a mean hoax and even pursued lawsuits.
Many quit their jobs to dedicate themselves to the search and others depleted their life savings. At least four people are believed to have died searching for it.


Fenn created the treasure hunt as a means of leaving behind a legacy: in 1989, he was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer, but he managed to recover.
It was a way for Fenn to inspire people and get them to explore nature and give hope to people affected by the Recession, he said in an interview.

Follow The Clues

"It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago," Fenn wrote in his announcement. "I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot."