Art collector Forrest Fenn has released a new clue leading to the location of the treasure he reports having hidden years ago “somewhere north of Santa Fe.” The octogenarian, known as a real-life Indiana Jones, says the treasure is full of gold nuggets, precious gems and ancient artifacts, estimated to be worth at least $2 million. The original set of clues can be found in a poem first published in Fenn’s bestselling book, The Thrill of the Chase.
The new clue is divulged by Fenn himself in a YouTube video just released as part of the New Mexico Tourism Department’s “New Mexico True Stories” series.
Fenn, a Santa Fe resident, has inspired many to visit New Mexico in search of the treasure, exploring mountains and vistas they might not otherwise see.
And from Fenn’s perspective, the quest is about more than just gold. “There are a lot of people out looking for the treasure,” he says at the end of the video. “When they get home, they find out they enjoyed something better than finding a treasure.”
He estimates that 30,000 people looked for the treasure last year, and than another 50,000 will join the hunt this summer.
“Somebody could find it tomorrow and it may not be found for a thousand years,” he told ABC News. “I’m looking at the big picture. A lot of people who are searching for the treasure don’t see it the same way I do. I would love if someone found it tomorrow but if nobody found it for a hundred years, that’s okay with me too.”