$1 million treasure hidden for 10 years in Rocky Mountains found

350,000 people hunted for treasure, collector says

Treasure Chest
Treasure Chest (Pixabay)

There's gold in them thar hills. No seriously -- there is or there was.

A treasure chest estimated to be worth over a million dollars hidden in the Rocky Mountains for a decade has finally been found.

It was hidden there by art and antiquities collector Forrest Fenn.

He used it to create a treasure hunt to inspire people to explore nature and give hope to those affected by the great recession.

Fenn left clues to the treasure's location in a poem published in his 2010 autobiography.

He announced Sunday the treasure had been found.

He told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the man who found the chest a few days ago wants to say anonymous.

Fenn estimates that up to 350,000 people from all over the world hunted for the treasure.

He says some quit their jobs, and a few even died.