New Mexico is known as the Land Of Enchantment. This is due to the states culture, architecture, scenery, and cuisine. But as you will read, New Mexico is also a land of mystery and lost and buried treasures. Some of these treasures are more than a kings randsom and they are all up for grabs to anyone who can locate them. Below are five of the best treasures worth hunting for in New Mexico.
In 1836, a prospector by the name of Adams was out in the hills outside Pinos Altos, New Mexico when he came across a small stream below a red colored hill that was laden with gold. In just one afternoon he manged to collect cose to 30 pounds of gold. Heading back into town he was ambushed by some indians and was wounded quite bad but managed to get away. By the time he got to town he was almost dead and just before he died he told of the gold in that small creek. After he died they found his bag with the 30 pounds of gold so they knew the gold find was for real. However after many years of searching, no one found the source of that gold.
In 1874, theives held up a stagecoach traveling through what is modern day Gallup New Mexico. It is said that the stage was loaded with over $70,000 worth of gold and silver bullion. This amount of gold and silver was very heavy for the bandits to take all at once so they buried the supposedly buried the whole lot somewhere close to the Sandstone Window Rock which is on the New Mexico Arizona border. A posse was sent after them but it seems that the thieves headed further west into Arizona and got away. It is highly unlikely they attempted to return to retrieve the gold because there was high bounties for their capture.
Back during the days when stagecoach traffic was heavy on the Santa Fe trail, bandits held up a stage loaded with 25 bags of gold coins valued at $150,000. This gold was to be deposited in a bank in the town of Cimarron New Mexico. This amount of bullion was way to heavy to carry at one time, so the gold was quickly buried. While the bandits were stashing the gold, they themselves were attacked by a band of indians and all were killed. One of the bandits managed to hide and got eventually away. Fearing for his life he never returned but it is said that he told a friend where the gold was buried. It is said that they buried the loot where there were three big boulders just off the trail between Cimarron and Ute Park.
During the California goldrush, some men made a fortune and not wanting to stay in California many men headed back east to where they lived. On one of these excursions in the late 1850's a group of miners were attacked by natives and all of them were killed. It is said that these men buried over $600,000 worth gold just before they were attacked. Somewhere around the site of the attack is where the buried gold could possibly be. This location is about four miles northwest of Tucumcari, New Mexico.
Along the old Santa Fe trail there is a spring where travellers used to stop. This spot was also called the Point of Rocks. In 1851, two prospectors were camped out at this spot because it was said that indians were roaming the area and the two men didn't want to travel. These two men had over $50,000 worth of gold they were packng and decided to bury it in case of an attack. No one knows for certain what happened but it is said that the men were probably attacked and killed and this gold would most likely still be buried close to where they were camped.