Cheat Sheat

Forrest tells us that there are 9 clues in the poem that you most solve in order to find the treasure chest. To study the poem and try to identify the nine clues click here. In addition to the clues, Forrest has given us several hints over the years to help us in our search. These hints range from facts to comments that are left entirely up to interpretation. All of the hints listed below have been collected from reliable sources and not unsubstantiated gossip, forum posts or rumors. Not everything you read online is true, there is a good amount of miss information out there. Verify the source before you use the information you find.

Since 2010 Forrest has been actively promoting the Thrill of the Chase. During this time he has been interviewed on national tv shows, quoted in hundreds of news articles and appeared at several events where he has responded to questions from the audience. Forrest also has been actively involved on a few websites such as and . His offical website is which has a Thrill of the Chase resource page. All of the hints below have been collected from these trusted sites, quotes from news articles or from his video interviews.


Hints - That we know as Fact


Where the treasure chest is located:

  • In the Rocky Mountains at least 8.25 miles north of Santa Fe. (multiple sources)
  • In one of the following 4 states: New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana. (multiple sources)
  • The elevation of the treasure chest is above 5,000' and below 10,200'. (multiple sources)

Where the treasure chest is NOT located:

  • Not in old outhouse and not associated with any structure. (NBC Today Show - March 27, 2013
  • Not in a grave yard. (NBC Today Show - May 5, 2013)
  • Not on the TOP of any mountain, it may be close to the top (Collected Works Bookstore - October 22, 2013)
  • Not in a mine or a tunnel. (Richard Eeds Radio Show - September 14, 2015)
  • Not in the desert ( 6 questions - June 16, 2017)
  • Not under water (  blog - June 29, 2017)
  • Not near the Rio Grand River ( blog - June 29, 2017)
  • Not under a man made object ( blog - June 29, 2017)

General information about the treasure chest:

  • The treasure chest and it's contents weight 42 pounds. (multiple sources)
  • The treasure chest is 10"x10"x5" in size.  (multiple sources)
  • Here never said it was buried, just hidden. (multiple sources)
  • Don't have to move big rocks or scale a precipice to get the treasure. Stay away from dangerous terrain. ( 6 questions - June 16, 2017)
  • No need to look for the treasure in a place where a 79 or 80 year old man couldn't go. ( blog - October 3, 2012)
  • I made two trips from my car to the hiding place and it was done in one afternoon. ( - June 19, 2014)
  • No specialized knowledge is required..My Thrill of the Chase book is enough to lead an average person to the treasure. ( - June 27, 2014)

Hints about the clues in the poem:

  • Where warm waters halt is not related to a dam. ( scapbook 68 - May 16, 2014)
  • "Begin it where warm water halt" is the first clue.
  • The clues are in consecutive order.
  • Don't mess with my poem.
  • There isn't a human trail in very close proximaty to where I hid the treasure. ( 6 questions - June 28, 2014)
  • There are many places in the Rocky Mountains where warm waters halt, and nearly all of them are north of Santa Fe. Look at the big picture, there are no short cuts. ( - April 5, 2017)
  • There are a few words in the poem that are not useful in finding the treasure, but it is risky to discount any of them. ( - April 5, 2017)
  • You don’t need to break anything to find the treasure. ( - July 7, 2017)


Subjective Hints (Left to Interpretation)

  • There are several people that have deciphered the first two clues. I don't think they knew it, because they walked right on past the treasure chest. (Moby Dickens Book Shop - November 2, 2013)
  • When I hid it and was walking back to my car, I started laughing out loud and I said "Forrest Fenn did you really do that?" (Moby Dickens Book Shop - November 2, 2013)
  • Many are giving serious thought to the clues in my poem, but only a few are in tight focus with a word that is key. ( - February 4, 2014)
  • Waterfalls -  "You guys seem to be hung up on watefalls, Don't try to change my poem to fit your ideas" (  Forrest gets mail - February 8, 2017)
  • The clues did not exist when I was a kid but most of the places the clues refer to did. I think they might still exist in 100 years but the geography probably will change before we reach the next millennia. ( - June 25, 2014)
  • The most common mistake that I see searchers make is that they underestimate the importance of the first clue. If you don't have that one nailed down you might as well stay home and play Canasta. ( - June 2, 2014)
  • If you knew the geographic location of each clue it would be a map to the treasure. ( - April 5, 2017)
  • My church is in the mountains and along the river bottoms where dreams and fantasies alike go to play. (Book - The Thrill of The Chase - page 4. - printed 2010)
  • The spot where I hid the treasure was in my mind from the time I first started thinking about the chase. It is special to me and there was never another consideration. I was going to make it work no matter what.  In my reverie I often find myself stealing away to that place and I will always consider it to be mine. ( - July 5, 2014)



* Please note that there are numerous forums, blogs and facebook groups that may claim to have received hints dirrectly from Forrest. While he has responded to thousands of emails over the years, he has stated several times that he will not give hints to individuals and will only provide helpful information to the entire community. Always verify the source!