Fenn said he’d conceived the idea when diagnosed with cancer in 1988; he planned to bury the treasure as a legacy. Later the cancer went into remission, but he went along with his treasure plan anyway. In a self-published memoir from his book, he offered the following clues:
As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.
Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.
From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is ever drawing nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.
If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease,
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.
So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know,
I’ve done it tired and now I’m weak.
So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.
There have been a few more clues released by Fenn in addition to the poem. With everything that I have read on the clues, but I have never had a chance to get out there and have a look. I believe the best place to start looking for the treasure is on the Chama River in the state of New Mexico. If you have some vacation time this year and you are in that area, take some time and make sure you get wet.