KUSA - Millions of dollars in gold and jewels were hidden by a New Mexico millionaire, who's decided to give away his fortune.

Thousands have flocked to the Santa Fe, New Mexico area in hopes of finding Forest Fenn's treasure.

The 82-year-old man hid a chest filled with millions of dollars in gold coins, diamonds and emeralds, among other gems

Fenn hid the chest in a secret spot three years ago with two goals in mind: Getting people to fall in love with America's scenic trails and passing on what he calls the "thrill of the chase," something he has experienced over more than seven decades of hunting for rare objects.

"The Thrill of the Chase" is also the title of Fenn's self-published autobiography, which contains an unusual map to the treasure, a poem with 9 clues in it.

After being told he would die and then making the decision to give so much away, fenn is now cancer free.

The fortune, however, is still out there.