Under Santa Fe Skies

by Susan Tungate

Forrest Fenn’s Treasure: Be Careful Out There!


The Chest! photograph by Forrest Fenn

In my January 13, 2013, post I told you about the $2 million treasure chest hidden in Northern New Mexico by antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn. Seems at least one person threw caution to the wind last week as she searched for the pot of gold, rubies and diamonds.

A woman from Texas hit the trail searching for the illusive treasure, first hiking the area around Bandelier National Monument and then climbing down the Rio Grande and up the Falls Trail.  When she turned around to head home, the rain began, the sun went down and she became lost. After spending a very cold night outside, she retraced her steps and found her way back to her car.

Search and rescue brought dog teams, three aircraft and people power to the rescue before she found herself.

So the moral of the story is this: Treasure hunters beware! Stay on the marked trails, remember that the weather in New Mexico can change on a dime, and always tell someone where you will be hiking. The monument officials add the reminder that it is illegal to dig or bury an item on federal lands, but I have to wonder if that law  deterred Mr. Fenn.


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