Book – A Treasure More Than Gold




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A Treasure More Than Gold – Ritt Jordan

This book is about my involvement in the Thrill of the Chase treasure hunt. It is only one possible solution to Forrest Fenn’s poem, but I believe it is one of the most understandable and complete solves to this great puzzle.


I define a “straight forward” solve in detail. The found clues are contiguous and will lead you from where warm waters halt to the final clue that leads to the possible location of the treasure chest. I tell of the many highs and lows during my numerous trips to the area of where the poem leads.

It offers a comprehensive new look into the thrill of the chase, the treasure hunt, and the puzzle. I tell all, the word that is “Key”, the “Keyword”, and I explain how I found them. There are various pictures that take you directly to this secret site.

I know many of you have your own stories of your searches and have posted them here on Dal’s blog. I have read all of them and found them to be very interesting and entertaining. I would have posted mine here also, but thought it would be too large to keep someone’s attention for such a long time. Also, I wanted to attract new searchers into the chase.

Here is what a couple of editorial reviewers have to say about my book:

“A Treasure More Than Gold by Ritt Jordan is an account of how the author was enticed into the “thrill of the chase,” somewhere in the Rocky Mountains north of Santa Fe, NM. An ancient cast bronze, and a hidden treasure chest. To find it, one must first read the poem by Forrest Fenn containing nine clues that will lead to its location. Being bitten by the bug to hunt for this treasure prompted Mr. Jordan to use all available resources to him.
Using the satellite option of Google Maps, interviews, etc., he begins deciphering the poem. Ritt had to get to know how this man, ailing with cancer, lived in order to fully understand the clues. Why? Because Forrest hid the chest in a place very personal to him.

Ritt Jordan was able to get help from a few of his family members with his numerous trips to the mountains. He was not about to leave any stone unturned to solve the clues in the poem. Aerial satellite photos and pictures from his camera fill some of the pages so that the reader can relate to how he interpreted the clues. The author relates his story with a detailed account of his findings and frustrations, as well as the experiences and precious memories he got to share with his loved ones. What started out as searching for the end of a rainbow turned into something much more valuable than the actual treasure. To Ritt Jordan, the thrill of this chase was “A Treasure More Than Gold.”
 -Stephen Fisher for Readers’ Favorite

“A Treasure More Than Gold is itself a treasure indeed. I had a marvelous time reading this book and found myself looking up one thing after another on Google. I had not been familiar with Forrest Fenn and his hidden treasure before I read this.

I enjoyed seeing how you worked at deciphering his clues. I was awestruck by the beauty of the area as seen in your photographs.
Yes, I agree. The value of this search is more than that of the treasure itself. The adventure itself seems so grand.” –
 -Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Of course there are many treasures to be found in this chase the chest is only one of them, but it is the one that everyone is after. So I challenge you to come up with a more viable solution to the poem.

I am not saying that I have found the treasure. What I am saying is that I am content. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if this is the correct solution to where the treasure is hidden.

Good luck to everyone,
Ritt Jordan

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30 thoughts on “Book – A Treasure More Than Gold

  1. The use of stones to direct the water and keep it from being absorbed into the ground is one of my favorite “heavy loads, water high” and “no paddle up your creek” solves. That photo you posted is an example, and has great composition.
    The native Americans used a similar method to capture water and direct it to their fields. One example is called a Zuni Bowl. At Bandalier National Monument I saw how they had lined stones in the ground and planted between them to help irrigate the fields.

    • Michael,

      Thanks for your take regarding the picture with the stones, interesting. I believe that the alignment and positioning of these stones are for the purpose of cleaning the land by filling and draining the site with heavy loads of chemically charged water. Thus restoring the land to its former condition. In the distant past this land had been used in the processing of uranium.

      This is truly an amazing area, a one of a kind. That picture is only a small part of what I believe to be the blaze.

      Good luck in your search.

  2. Ritt said,
    ” but thought it would be too large to keep someone’s attention for such a long time.”

    So why would we buy it? Ha, ha. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    • c kid…I was thinking too large for the blog…tying up the site. I’m sure the book will keep your attention. I hope. Thanks for pointing that out.

  3. Thank you all for the kind words on my book….Dal, you are the best, thank you for posting this segment about my book. Most of all thank you Forrest Fenn for giving all of us this wonderful adventure.

    My family and I had a marvelous time during this entire journey. It is so exciting to think that you have figured out the meaning of the poem then pack you’re bags and head out for the mountains and valleys of the Rockies in search for the treasure chest. I just hope that everyone else has as much enjoyment.

    Good luck!

  4. Just had a client tell me I should write book. 🙂 ha ha Where do I Begin? 🙂
    I know where. 🙂 🙂 🙂 how funny

  5. Do it , Amy! It will help to give you peace of mind. Just pick up the pen, oh yeah, open up Microsoft Word and tap your fingers on the keys. lol….. No, really it helps to focus on the chase. IMO you’re in the correct state. Good luck.

  6. Ritt –

    I just finished reading your book and it was interesting and very entertaining.

    I couldn’t believe that we are currently camped just above your blaze. In fact yesterday – we took a casual drive to explore the area and took several roads you describe in the book. I had no idea you thought it was in this area. What are the odds of that happening !!!!

    So if you have any other ideas about this spot, I will be happy help you – and you keep everything – as this is not my spot.

    You know there is just something special about reading a book in book form – rather than on the internet. (Loved the cover) and I so appreciate your writing it.

    Thank you again, and continued happy hunting to you and your family.

    • Into-

      Thank you for your kind words and your offer to help. Are you camping near Hermosa or Silverton? That area is so beautiful.

      There is a place that would be worth looking into, it’s called Animas-La Plata Tribute Gardens…It’s south of and just below the blaze on road 210/211. It maybe off limits, but seems like a place that Forrest would put it. It’s next to Lake Nighthorse and the site is a tribute for the settlement with the local Native Americans regarding water right claims. IMO, you will need to be brave to enter.

      Glad you liked my cover, I created it from a picture of a double rainbow from my front yard. The back cover I created from a picture of the yellow sky in my back yard, and yes, those are bird (Purple Martin) houses.

      I wish you and family good luck in your searches. Stay safe.

      • Into ~

        I hope you had a good day searching for the TC.
        Are you still camping in the same area? If so, are you able to check out the area that I described above?

        • Yes ….pay back for all of the Indian items retrieved in his excavations of Indian land. This way the finder will have to share the treasure with the Native Americans, or maybe he wants an Indian to find it. Just saying.

          • Oh my gosh – I’ll have to give that some thought. My first impression is- no he wouldn’t do that. Let me think on it.

  7. Sorry it didn’t register on my post.

    If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
    Look quickly down beyond the stones,
    But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
    Just take the chest but leaves my bones.

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