our solution


We recognize 3 central verses with explicit instruction and 3 additional verses with passive descriptions. We think that the 3 central verses contain all the 9 clues. The additional verses contain some hints – we think that they were maybe added to the poem later on. And we recognize an iteration between ‚Begin it…‘ and ‚the end…‘ – thus until the semicolon. In the first iteration we’re working on the big picture to find the starting-point. And the second iteration describes the BOTG.

The First iteration: A journey through time and through northwestern New Mexico to the chest of Forrest Fenn

Looking at the “big picture” We begin our virtual journey to the treasure (it) some millions of years ago in the Valles Caldera – where warm waters halt.

and we take a kayjak (it) with us in the San Diego canyon down.

The way to the Battleship Rock is not far, but too far to walk. We put the kayak in Jemez river below the rock that looks like the USS Missouri that was the home of Captain Brown before he grounded the ship on 17 January 1950.

wildwater-kayaking from there – it’s no place for the meek.

We pass historic sites like Giusewa Pueblo or San Jose de los Jemez that are evidence for “old riches”.

The at the end of Forrest Fenn books drawn double-Omega (that symbolizes the Gilman Tunnels) is ever drawing neigh.

At the entrance of Rio Guadaloupe we turn right into Guadaloupe creek in direction Gilman Tunnels/Guadalupe Box

There is absolutely no way for paddeling up our (from Forrest Fenn’s sight: your) Guadeloupe creek with the kayak (neither with the paddle steamer ‘Guadalupe’)

In the year 1936 the best travel-opportunity up the creek is just the logging-railroad that transports heavy loads (and that gives us a hint to “new riches” in the region: logging and mining). On August 16 our steam locomotive Heisler Number 104 stopps along Rio de las Vacas north of Porter and the water gauge of the steam-engine indicates ‘water high’. In fact there is too less water in the boiler. Because we (if you) ‚ve been wise (and read about the history) we  found the white blaze when the boiler exploded.

We should now look quickly down our (your) quest to cease – because we have now the possibility to solve the poem:

Looking down we see the brown trouts on the bottom of the Rio de las Vacas and we “know the place to begin now for the first time…”. And we know that along river bottoms “dreams and fantasies alike go to play”. The Rio de las Vacas leads us to the San Pedro Parks Wilderness. The Rio de las Vacas is thus our starting-Point for the second iteration. As Forrest Fenn advises, we should read the poem really “over and over again”.

The second iteration (BOTG): We start along Rio de las Vacas

Begin it where warm waters halt (the spring of Rio de las Vacas, where the clouds with the warm water are quite often haltet – thus near the Great Divide)

And take it in the Canyon down (look for a canyon along Rio de Las Vacas – we think there is just one possibility – the canyon above the Campground)

Not far, but too far to walk (don’t go in the canyon from the spring – go in from the south)

Put in below the home of Brown (the chest is hidden below a place that can be spawing ground for brown trouts)

From there it’s no place for the meek (you have to go into the water and climb over fallen trees)

The end is ever drawing neigh (we are near by the chest).

The meaning of the lots of hints are described within our videos.

Another quite surprisinc aspect of our solution:

The place of the chest is encircled on the map of Forrest Fenn!


There are several reasons for the plausibility of our solution:

  • we are not far away from the home of Forrest Fenn (where else would you hide a chest?)
  • the chase could have been hidden within a one-afternoon-tour (from Santa Fe with the sedan via Cuba to the Start of the BOTG)
  • the solution is quite simple – with some surprising elements (iteraration, homophones)
  • the chest would be within the distance where ‚the end of a rainbow‘ could be seen from Santa Fe from time to time.
  • we are in a really beautiful region with lots of fishing-spots – a bit away from the tourists