Key to Forrest Fenn’s poem

This is the first of a set of answers to the poem that will lead to the very place that  Forrest selected for his treasure.  The poem has three rhyming lines per verse.  It is a triplet.  The main clues all refer to three things that identify  the place to find the treasure.

Brown is the key needed to put the clues together.  Only three verses are needed to find the treasure the other three verses just distract from the treasure’s location.

Here are the three references to the “key” Brown.  Arthur Brown is a famous artist who’s only surviving water color of Yellowstone is of Mammoth Hot Springs.  Gary A. Brown was a ranger and Assistant Director of  Yellowstone National Park and he grew up in a cabin on the Lamar River. The cabin is shown in National Geographic and titled the Brown home. It is now the Lamar Ranger Research Station.  The third reference is the Lamar Valley known by many rangers as Brown Valley for its many bears. If all goes well my next post will reveal which gate to enter to “Begin it.”


Author: captpappy

Teacher, counselor, therapist, coach and a treasure hunter with 40 years of teaching and coaching people from kindergarten to sports professionals. Helping people achieve their goals is what I do. I taught K-12 and university level in Physical Education, Biology, life skills, and transitions. I have a Masters in Social Work with a mental health concentration and worked with families, adolescents, and chemically dependent groups. Treasure hunting is my new passion for the last eight years.

4 thoughts on “Key to Forrest Fenn’s poem”

  1. What about a trip from mount brown “put in below the home of brown” in Glacier Park Montana down a canyon to Rising Sun Montana, “Blaze”?


  2. Are you still looking? I saw that Forest gave a clue 5 days ago. Something like, ” it looks like I couldn’t have done it, but I did”..
    I agreeing with the Yellowstone Joe brown area. Those cliffs are amazing. Especially if he fished there!


    1. I have not been on my blog lately. I have been out looking in the Lamar area. I have tried Death Gulch, Pebble Creek and Ice Box Canyon. I am now trying to get a new way of approaching the poem. I did not climb down the waterfall in Ice Box I don’t believe Fenn would do that I also went up the creek to reach the waterfall but the water was chest high so I again decided Fenn did not hide the treasure in Ice Box. Very interesting as he says don’t go where an 80 year old wouldn’t but go where you think he couldn’t. Believe me I have done both. Keep looking back as I am planning to start a search for who has looked in the most places. This will recognize who has the right to be called a treasure hunter of experience. It would also let hunters know where people have searched. There are people who have not wanted anyone giving away where they think the treasure is but by now I hope they still don’t believe they will give it away and this is some how unfair.

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