Save the Date – Fennboree 2017…

Save The Date

June 9th thru 11th are the dates for the 2017 Fennboree.Β  Cynthia and Desertphile are cohosts this year and they tell me that the location in 2017 will be at Hyde State Park again. I think all who attended in 2016 will agree that the location was great and the park staff were very welcoming and accomodating.

The 2016 Fennboree team worked very hard to create a family friendly event that felt a lot like a picnic. It was a lot of fun getting to put faces with blog and forum names…

For the latest information about Fennboree 2017 go here:

There is a short highlight video from the 2016 Fennboree here:

Matt Misano’s film, Fenn’s Searchers, will premiere in Albuquerque the day before Fennboree. You can find out more, including how to get tickets for this event…Have you ever been to a film premiere???…by following this link:

53 thoughts on “Save the Date – Fennboree 2017…

  1. Thank you for the information. Have to see if my husband can use his vacation time during that month and is willing to go. It gives me a heads up not to plan a camping trip elsewhere for that weekend, just in case.

    • What a great video you put together, Dal. Certainly makes the invitation to Hyde’s Memorial State Park more tempting. Everyone looked great. Maybe if you offer up some of our licorice, the searchers may tell you where the treasure is at. πŸ™‚

  2. Looks like fun. Hopefully it will fit into my plans for 2017. I’ve never been to NM other than at 4 Corners, so I would enjoy getting to see more of this state and meeting other treasure hunters. I sure hope that F can attend like he did this year.

  3. Hoping to attend in 2017 .
    It would be great of someone (me) found the treasure and could bring it to the party!
    Be safe
    Β₯Peace Β₯

  4. Hi Dal,

    Great news about Fennboree 2017! I hope my daughter (in green in the foreground over your photo) and I can attend once again. She’s not stopped talking (about meeting Forrest) since the Fennboree 2016!

    ~ Wishing all Fenn-Atics a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!

    ~ Wisconsin Mike

    • Bring your delicious Hickory Syrup with you Mike. That stuff is amazingly delicious. I can’t wait to see both of you this summer.

  5. Never knew there was a Fennboree until this year and happened upon some pictures online. It sounds like a big family picnic where you get to
    meet a bunch of cousins you never knew you had. I hope I can talk my sister into going down that way…I’d really like to experience it. Thanks, Dal, for the 2017 dates and the chats online.

  6. Fennboree : Merriam Webster, 2016, noun.

    “Someone who is owed a boring statement from Forrest Fenn.”

    I seriously did not know that was in the dictionary either. πŸ™‚

  7. Count me in. I hope that I will have been able to get out and search by then and maybe have tasted revenge for that Kismet requirement thing. Those of us informed searchers will understand that comment. Spallies, you gotta make the 2017 Fennboree! How else am I going to finally taste your pineapple pie? I missed out last year πŸ™ Like I said, I will be there.

  8. All the campsites with electricity And water are taken at Hyde Park. Are there any other campgrounds close to Hyde Park that nay be available? As it is 1240 miles for me one way I will have to make sure I havev a place for the rv. Thanks…

    • longstep-
      Black Canyon Campground is right next to Hyde Park. I stayed there last year. I just made reservations for that campground again this year during Fennboree.

      You can normally make reservations through the website…except they don’t seem to be taking reservations via the website yet. I had to phone them to make a reservation. Their toll free phone is 877-444-6777.

  9. Group Shelter #2 has been reserved. The web site has links for reserving a camp site at Black Canyon Camp Ground, and people who wish to camp during Fennboree will probably want to make reservations as soon as possible.

    I will haul in firewood, enough I hope for three nights in case some people wish to hang around an extra night.

    News media have been informed, and I will follow up on them as the date approaches.

    Also, the mayor of Santa Fe has been invited.

  10. I’m going to make an effort to be there this year. I hope FF can attend again and I’d like to meet Dal and the searchers (what a great name for a band!). Plus I want to ask Desertphile how many calories are really in a kangaroo rat? (lol) πŸ˜‰

  11. Heidini, You asked if there are certain things planned for certain times this year. The only schedule so far is the Friday late afternoon / evening event that will be the group campfire at the pavilion / group shelter. People are encouraged to bring the ingredients for smores (the kids loved making these last year) or your own snacks, drinks (alcoholic beverages are permitted but NO GLASS containers), etc. There’s a gigantic grill at the pavilion for folks to grill hotdogs, or the whole pig if you bring your own charcoal and food.

    Saturday at noonish will begin the pot-luck which lasted all afternoon last year into the evening. At some time during Saturday afternoon, I’d like to have the event which I will coin “Witching for Fenn’s treasure chest”. The picnic tables will be moved to the sides of the shelter and someone will draw a map using chalk of the 4 Rocky Mountain states the length of the pavilion cement floor. I have dowsing rods/ water witching sticks which a known “expert” will use to walk the map of the 4 states and “witch” for the treasure chest. It would be neat if we could do this when Forrest is present. Maybe Dal could make a video of ff watching this procedure take place live, and then an expert shrink can analyze ff’s body language to verify the location of the treasure chest.

    Assuming no one dies of a heart attack when the witching sticks identify their exact spot, there will be another group campfire at the shelter until midnight. Quiet hour starts at 10 pm, though, so unless the Fennboree folks secure all the campsites within very close proximaty (misspelled for ff) to the pavilion, it will be necessary to try to remain quiet after 10 pm.

    We do not have the pavilion reserved for Sunday so all the stragglers are going to Dal’s site that morning…where he will serve coffee and donuts. Ha Ha. Dal, are you paying attention?

    We are still waiting to see if the movie The Lure can be screened at a theater in Santa Fe over the weekend. It’s not looking good since the distribution is slower than a slow boat to China, but we are still waiting for a definitive answer.

    If there are any more questions regarding anything about Fennboree 2017, please post them here and I will try to pay attention and answer you. I will try to find out by the end of April which events Forrest plans to attend. cynthia

    • Cynthia, I’ll check with my “artistic” daughter to see if she is still able to come & draw the map of the 4 states on the floor. She has a new job doing metal-smithing and jewerly-making. (I don’t want her to jeopardize her job: it’s great to have a daughter in the jewerly-business! The gifts I receive from her are better than ever! hee hee).

      I’ll bring a library again. I’ve found some good books at thrift stores! I love books!

    • Longstep, most of the tent/ small camper campsites at Hyde Park are first come, first served so those are not reservable. There are a few large RV sites that are reservable but I imagine they are reserved by now (not by Fennboreers, though, just happy campers.) Go to their website (Hyde Memorial State Park) to check for the RV sites. Black Canyon Campground is close, just down the canyon, not far, but too far to walk. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I believe all the sites there are reservable…it is run by the National Forest, I believe. Google Black Canyon Campground for reservations, or go to the link for that is posted in the text above. I believe Desertphile has the link for reservations on his website.

    • I just checked the Hyde park site and it looks like all of them are reserved (the ones that require reservations).

      I have one of the RV sites with electricity reserved for the 9th and 10th, and had planned on letting others stay there. However, looking at the pictures for the RV sites, there doesn’t appear to much room. In addition, all RV sites are about 50 feet from Hyde Park Road.

      We hope to get there early enough on the 9th to get one of the “first-come” sites since the RV sites are so small and close to the road. If we get a tent site, we will release our RV site.

      Scott W.

      • Thanks for your information. I think it would be a good idea if we have an “information board” at the pavilion starting Friday morning to share details about camp sites, which sites specific people are at if they want to share that info, or anything else that would be helpful. I will bring a big flip-chart of paper, and a magic marker.

        • Thank you Cynthia for all you do for the fennboree….. I know everyone will have a blast this June… see ya my friend

      • I wonder how early one would have to arrive to get one of the unreservable sites? Being retired, I could get there a few days early. Just asking for some thoughts. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.

        • Last year I stayed next door to Hyde Park at the Black Canyon Camp Ground. They also have sites that cannot be reserved. There were still unreserved sites available at 3pm on each day. No guarantee, of course, that it will be the same this year.

          • Black Canyon used to be in an early solve I developed.

            Of course it’s not 66,000 links north of Sante Fe.

            I suppose as long as we’re there it couldn’t hurt to check it out.

            Thanks for the update.


        • I’m not certain…but I believe that if you get an unreserved site you can only stay the one night…then you have to find another site..which shouldn’t be hard since you are already there…

          • Thanks Dal, I’ll give the park a call to determine the rules on the unreservable sites.

        • Longstep, A bunch of us are retired and arrive Thursday. Everyone is invited to hang out at my campsite later that evening, but I won’t know which site until I get up there. Also, Matt’s movie is showing in Albuquerque Thursday evening so some people may be attending it and getting back to camp later. I will be camping in Hyde Park as close to the pavilion as possible.

  12. According to, all of the 36 sites at Black Canyon are reserved for Friday and Saturday nights. I don’t know if they have any first-come, first serve sites. I have my reservation and look forward to seeing you there. I also got my tickets to the film, “Fenn’s Searchers”, on Thursday evening. It will be interesting setting up camp outside Santa Fe that afternoon and making it to the movie in Albuquerque by 5:00 pm (doors open at 4:30).

      • Hey Cynthia,
        Just wanted to say what a nice job that you, Sacha, and the other workers did last year. We really enjoyed it. Sadly, it looks like medical issues will most likely prevent our participation this year. Thanks again for last year, have a great time this year, and hope to see you next year.


        Windy City

        • Windy, That’s too bad you won’t be able to attend this year. Thanks for the kind words. Last year’s event exceeded my expectations as far as the number of attendees. I hope this year’s is just as successful. I’m sure there will be pictures posted and videos made for folks to see afterwards. Best wishes for your recovery.

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