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New Mexico Lost Treasure


New Mexico lost treasure sites are listed on this page. However, I cannot promise that this information is completely accurate. As treasure tales go, because they have been passed down through many years, certain elements of the lost treasure story may have been altered, either intentionally or otherwise.

This information should be researched through other means as well. Never rely on one piece of information about a treasure story you are researching. Use multiple research tools.


Good luck! And have fun in your search for New Mexico lost treasure.

New Mexico Lost Treasure Sites


Gila Cliff Dwellings

Located on State rte 26, approximately 48 miles north of Silver City. Five cliff dwellings are located in the overhanging cliffs. The Pueblo Indians lived there between the 1200-1400's. After the Pueblos left the area, the Apache Indians used the caves. The Apaches raided settlements and brought treasures back to the cave dwellings.

Shiprock Peak

Located 5 miles west of Shiprock. A gold prospector buried $60,000 in gold coins in a cave on Shiprock Peak.

The Mexican Millionaire Cache

Somewhere between Shiprock Peak, and the Mesa Verda National Park, is a treasure of more than $30 million in gold bullion. In the 1930's a Mexican millionaire buried this treasure in the desert. Apparently, the Mexican was a former government official. Supposedly he received bribes which led to his vast fortune.

The Aztec Treasure

Approximately one mile west of Aztec, in the Ute mts, is sandstone window rock, that contains $50,000 in gold coins.

The San Juan River Horde

On the canyon tributary, near this river, is a rock shelter that contains $60,000 in gold bullion. It was hid there by outlaws.

The Lost Frenchman Gold Mine

Located near Truchas Peak, in the Nacimiento Mts.

The Jesse James Cache

Near the town of Santa Clara, is a supposed treasure buried by Jesse James.

Understand The Laws Regarding Digging On State Lands

The Antiquities Act of 1906 and the ARPA  (Archaeology Resources Protection Act)laws explain why you cannot remove artifacts from State or Federal lands that are more than 100 years old.

Digging for a treasure that is more than 100 years old comes under the protection of these two laws. But remember, the laws only pertain to State and Federal lands. Know the law before you dig.

New Mexico lost treasures may be located in ghost towns.

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