EARTH Magazine: On the Trail of Treasure in the Rocky Mountains

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EARTH Magazine: On the Trail of Treasure in the Rocky Mountains


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Alexandria, VA – Can you find the famed treasure chest of Forrest Fenn? Join EARTH roving correspondent Mary Caperton Morton on her quest to find the treasure chest, valued at between $1 million and $2 million dollars, which Fenn, a New Mexico antiquities dealer, has hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe.

Fenn, whose poem provides the nine clues to the chest’s location, is dissected by Morton using knowledge of Fenn’s life and geoscience to identify potential hiding spots. Morton joins the estimated 30,000 people who are hunting for the chest. Read about her quest in the March/April 2015 issue of EARTH Magazine:

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