1600's Spanish Outlaw Pedro Nevarez lost treasure cave in New Mexico

1600's Spanish Outlaw Pedro Nevarez lost treasure cave in New Mexico

Outlaw Pedro Nevarez operated in the mid 1600’s in the Rio Grande River valley when the Spanish were still setting up missions along the Rio Grande River. His gang robbed many pack trains supplying these missions and churches with gold relics. He operated in what is today southern New Mexico. A couple accounts of the treasure details still survive today.

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  1. Mark Garin on March 24, 2023 at 9:13 am

    ‘Castilian Spanish’ normally indicates a pronunciation difference, not a difference in actual words, although the words might have changed over the years.

  2. Tipi Dan on March 24, 2023 at 9:14 am

    Inspiration for the movie "Chato’s Land"?
    Good, appropriate visual images provided synchronously with storyline.  
    Kudos for that… it is rare with informational videos.

  3. ChopGutta on March 24, 2023 at 9:14 am

    Chato more or less translates to pug faced. Dogs like pugs, bull dogs etc are called chato/a a lot. It’s used as a nickname for the most part. Sometimes used in a demeaning manner as well. I wanna say that for the time having those features were deemed unfavorable to this day.

  4. SC on March 24, 2023 at 9:16 am

    It’s time here to remind folks of some proven facts. Facts are nasty problems
    when it comes to treasure legends, but what do you prefer to believe – the
    treasure magazines or your own lyin’ eyes?
    There are many versions of the famous El Chato gallows confession directing
    searchers to the Caballo Mountains where he allegedly hid his bandit loot. I
    don’t know when and by whom this waybill was first cooked up, but all of
    them are fraudulent copies of each other.
    The authentic man, Pedro Navarez ("El Chato"), was was a noted and well-documented
    bandit active in Chihuahua, Mexico, in the early 1800’s, not in
    the 1600’s. Much folklore surrounds his memory as a Robin Hood-type
    character who cached robbery proceeds all over the Satevo-Parral-Delicias
    country south of Chihuahua city. Reports of his death are highly romanticized
    in Mexico, but the waybills to his treasures were apparently disclosed by his
    daughter in the 1840s and consisted mainly of coins buried in clay pots on
    several ranches. There is little reason to believe he was ever in New Mexico,
    where the pickings for roadside bandits were very slim along the Rio Grande,
    especially compared to the riches available in Chihuahua at the time.
    Somebody stole El Chato’s life story and tried to apply it to New Mexico,
    where nobody knew the truth.

    By the way, speaking of facts, the "1650 El Chato waybill" directs one to the
    "Caballo Mountains", north of El Paso on the Rio Grande. But did you know
    that those mountains were named by Zebulon Pike during the winter of
    1806-07? Before that, on an 1804 map, the range was called "Las Peneulas".
    Before that, in 1771, they were known as "Sierra el Perillo." If someone’s
    going to dream up a good treasure story, it’s a good idea for him to check
    the facts before he starts.

  5. Luluretro55 on March 24, 2023 at 9:16 am

    Sorry but Mexican or Apache … Mexicans are native Americans just the same. We call each other cousins everyone assumes bcz it’s a Spanish lady name that your Mexican. Smh

  6. Carlos P. Enis on March 24, 2023 at 9:16 am

    Damn, that miner/hunter was kind of a dick to destroy all the markers the way he did

  7. SUE DOWNING on March 24, 2023 at 9:17 am

    the letter is a fantastic story, too good to be true

  8. Richard Rogerson on March 24, 2023 at 9:19 am

    I thoroughly enjoy reading/hearing about lost treasures. This is a detailed story. Maybe some day these treasures will be found

  9. runnik catti on March 24, 2023 at 9:20 am

    White Sands Military Base has swallowed up 90% of the prime locations for the old mines in that area. I regularly hike in from the West moving East not far from Organ pass and have recovered MANY ore samples thick with silver in the tailings from these hard to get to mines.

  10. SpeakUp RiseUp on March 24, 2023 at 9:22 am

    Why would he go to all the effort to dig out so much, then file a mine claim, then while he is struggling for money just ignore his "treasure hoard" for 20 years.
    Sounds like nonsense, but the letters are fascinating.

  11. whoa horsey whoa on March 24, 2023 at 9:22 am

    pack trains ? you mean all mule horse and oxen ? right ?

  12. Robert Schumann on March 24, 2023 at 9:23 am

    I’m sorry but it would be very easy to find where Brown’s location was. The legend says he filed a claim on the property. Claims are generally 20 acres in size. It would be nothing to look up his claim and get the coordinates to it. Then finding the 3 peaks should be easy as well. Then it’s just a matter of the 250/100 paces. Or you could simply take a month and go over the entire claim to find the cave. So I believe this legend might have a bit of truth at its foundation but as with most legends I believe over the years there has been quite a bit of embellishment to make it sound real. The fact that there was a claim filed alone without anyone else finding it says it not really. Pedro’s legend is even easier to debunk. He was obviously doing whatever he could to get his jailer to help him escape. I am sure he gave the guy some real clues to a area that existed and wasn’t hard to find. He would want the jailer to find the area quickly and then after the secret location wasn’t found he would help Pedro escape in exchange for being led to the location. Pedro more than likely used a location he visited often for one reason or another because he would want the clues he gave to lead to a real place and be very accurate. You know for sure this legend is made up because he said that the treasure was enough to benefit “many families”. If there was truly enough treasure that many families would benefit then I highly doubt he would be robbing mule trains knowing full well if he was caught he would hang. Why risk hanging when he could simply take the treasure and live the rest of his life in luxury? It’s well known that outlaws of the old west would quickly spend the loot from their robberies and have to full another job quickly. They lived fast and hard knowing more than likely they would meet their end by bullet or noose when they would still be relatively young. So they rarely saved anything unless they had a family to support. There have been loot stashed by Jesse James found in his old haunts but he was the exception to the rule. Highly doubt a band of outlaws would hide all of their loot and look for another target to Rob without living it up for awhile first. Only someone like Billy the Kid with an actual personal grudge against his victims would stash most of their loot for when they finish with whatever vendetta they are on. Pedro’s is the easiest legend to disprove I have heard of in several years.

  13. Apollo Silverlight on March 24, 2023 at 9:23 am

    I am Pedro Nevares offspring, and therefore, the treasure belongs to me, stay away. The story is told in code, I know how to get to it.

  14. John on March 24, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Outlaws always spent their money quickly

  15. Pedro viriato on March 24, 2023 at 9:26 am

    Viva España…California,Texas,Arizona,New Mexico,Florida,Nevada,Montana,Utach,Luisiana….fueron del Imperio Español …Aquí se habla español…

  16. Mark Faulkner on March 24, 2023 at 9:28 am

    If he filed a mining claim in the area there is a record of its existence…. Or…
    It’s another tall tale.

  17. Merlin Lucas on March 24, 2023 at 9:29 am

    In the 1600’s the Organ mountains were called mountains of solitude. So if this document said Organ Mountains , obviously it is just another fraudulent story of this area I grew up in.

  18. Brownbear78 on March 24, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Before the illegal gringos show up. Lol Mexican native American praud

  19. circleeh on March 24, 2023 at 9:32 am

    Like Charles Bronson "Chato’s Land"?

  20. 5280 Vision on March 24, 2023 at 9:32 am

    My ancestors found some of this Treasure in NM.
    Good luck finding more guys.
    They found what was supposed to be the majority of the cache.

  21. ramesh elkanah on March 24, 2023 at 9:35 am

    Interesting story. Well present in good pronunciation. Thanks. India.

  22. Todd Olson on March 24, 2023 at 9:38 am

    As it should be, the TREASURE has become slippery and hid from man, or has it? Reading further down the comments who really knows if it has been found? Man is always in some fashion trying to get rich off of another’s misfortune.

  23. David Lowrie on March 24, 2023 at 9:38 am

    What a tale.

  24. Toby1 Kenobi on March 24, 2023 at 9:38 am

    This is amazing!! I was born and raised in Las Cruces and I can’t say I have heard this story before, which is fascinating!

  25. James Davis on March 24, 2023 at 9:39 am

    So this is very similar to the Padre La Rue story describing it almost Identical. I studied and searched, and DOC Noss found it, unfortunately it’s on White Sands and the government cleaned it out in the 70’s Victorio Peak. After research the legend is true but the treasure is gone.

  26. Autotek79 on March 24, 2023 at 9:40 am

    I’m in El paso and into gold prospecting for gold and treasure stories really gets my blood pumping. If anybody near me wants to get together and go hunting leave me a reply. I built a jeep just for going out in the desert looking for gold lol

  27. Georgina Mannor on March 24, 2023 at 9:40 am

    I have heard of him, he was Apache.

  28. Kim Hallett on March 24, 2023 at 9:43 am

    seems strange that only 80 years or more after the Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs in that area, that there are judges and courts..hangings? never heard this before..sounds 1800’s..but in 1600..

  29. Mike Finn on March 24, 2023 at 9:44 am

    He was not the only "Chato".

  30. JOHN MUDD on March 24, 2023 at 9:46 am

    It wasn’t a crucifix it was a cross

  31. George Nelson on March 24, 2023 at 9:46 am

    This video is soaked with a perfect example lost treasure BIG LIE MYTH. The whole story is bunk to fool suckers . I am a 75 yr old Archaeogist with 54 yrs research and my focus has been Spanish Colonial archaeological excavation, survey and reading Spanish archives of New Mexico and Texas. I live near Las Cruses and this whole story is obviously a lie. The claim there was NO MILITARY to convoy a missionary pack train is a huge lie, the gold artifacts are a lie. Mission did not have gold statues etc. we have huge mass of inventory list for each mission, list of yearly supply caravans, which every one had a guard of lancers from the local Presidio ( fort at El Paso del Norte: modern Juarez Mexico across from modern El Paso). The mission system were run by the Very religious Kings of Spain who sponsored these missions , forts and settlements: All archives have show endless caravans always with Presidio soldiers ( with leather vest armor and lances. All this detail paces , shadows from peaks , crosses , big juniper trees are perfect LOST TREASURE STORY elements . The claim of the ANCIENT IRON MINING PICK is cast in Spain by some technical dating process: HOGWASH. Iron picks are hammered out of bar iron , not cast by some special old Spanish way that can be dated. The story of Being unable to read Spanish writing because it was in ‘’Castilian “, HA HA HA ! Clearly this exposes the big lie. Written Spanish is SPANISH, Castilian is the PRONUNCIATION style . There are still the old records of this time and place in Juarez Mexico, Mexico City, Santa Fe , THE STATE ARCHIVES OF NEW MEXICO, THE MISSION ARCHIVES OF EACH MISSION and THE MISSIONARY COLLEGE that each Missionary group were based . Folks, this is a transparent LOST TREASURE &LOST MINE type story . Most of the photos have nothing to do with the story , and the old written documents have nothing to do with this story. If this large of LOST GOLD STATUES, PLATES, GOBLETS , COINS was stolen: there would be many copies of documents referring to all this . These caravans North up the Rio Grande all had carefully inventories: THIS WAS A GOVERNMENT PROJECT . I have read the archives , this Guy just read a LOST TREASURES OF The OLD WEST TYPE bunk tall tail. The Missions of New Mexico and Texas were actually poor , not hauling huge mule trains of GOLD AND SILVER. You should learn CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: what could be wrong with this story?

  32. Arminius Tha Great on March 24, 2023 at 9:47 am

    Some call this guy a bandit i believe thosw hoarding all that wealth and sending it to Vatican city are the real bandits!

  33. Eddy Coronado on March 24, 2023 at 9:49 am


  34. Dorian McLean on March 24, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Great story !

  35. Menito Garcia on March 24, 2023 at 9:52 am

    What about Manuel garcia and the original zorro inn southern California

  36. Kenneth Baca on March 24, 2023 at 9:53 am

    The road along the Rio Grande is called Camino Real.

  37. rnninobrown on March 24, 2023 at 9:54 am

    My last name is Nevarez I wonder if Pedro is related to me

  38. mesohorny on March 24, 2023 at 9:56 am

    It was already found and smelted down

  39. Alex Hardy on March 24, 2023 at 9:57 am

    I can find that.

  40. MERLIN on March 24, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Chato’s Land
    Charles Bronson

  41. Dominic Garcia on March 24, 2023 at 9:57 am

    My family has been in nm since the first spainyards so I read these facts in comments …. Instead of bursting bubbles I’ll let them dream but there one hundred percent is lost treasures that will never be found in our state I wish upon the stars many o night that I will find my share one day

  42. Born 100 Years Too Late on March 24, 2023 at 10:02 am

    I have spent lots of time all over the Dona Ana’s ,Organ’s, Caballo’s, Redhouse and even over on Ted Turners Armadaris …in the 80’s I treasured hunted for a few years and read everything I could about this and many other treasures ..some well known and some just stories passed down …I still spend more time out and about in the hills then most and although I’m still hunting just not treasure hunting but I always have an eye out and these legends are still on my mind… your video sure brings back good memories and refreshes my interest …thank you

  43. Tino Trujillo, The Mountain Ghost on March 24, 2023 at 10:02 am

    If he was apache or another native, he wasn’t Spanish, Spaniards are white European

  44. Sergio Bustos on March 24, 2023 at 10:03 am

    It is very evident that Mexicans always get belittled or set aside from being the warriors that we always have been. He is Indian not Mexican okay his name is Spanish & so is his nickname but he is Indian make that make sence duhhh🤣😂😃😉👎

  45. R F on March 24, 2023 at 10:05 am

    Chato is used for people with flat and wide nose.

  46. Salvador Delgado on March 24, 2023 at 10:06 am

    I thought monks know Kung Fu ? Lol just kidding that would have made an interesting western movie . But the treasure was discovered by some guy named Doc Noss or something like that which he stashed at least some of the gold and then the U.S. military stole the rest of it

  47. WARRIOR QUEEN on March 24, 2023 at 10:06 am


  48. King Lex on March 24, 2023 at 10:07 am

    Hey I really enjoyed your video I’m heading to Mexico and I’ll be there for a few months is there a way that you can direct me on how to obtain more of the same information you have shared about this lost loot ide greatly appreciate it and if I happen upon it your the first and only to get a piece of the 🥧

  49. Timbo's Boudreau's on March 24, 2023 at 10:08 am

    This is the best set of instructions on how to find the nut house.

  50. Larry Hernandez on March 24, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Sounds like a n inside job?}

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