Meet-Up in Montana

If you are planning a meet-up in Montana leave a comment below that includes at least the following:

  1. Date of your meet-up
  2. Location of your meet-up



117 thoughts on “Meet-Up in Montana

  1. I plan to be in West Yellowstone, Montana, June 17 through June 24. I already spoke to a few folks during the Nov 2nd book-signing who search in that area, and suggested we congregate there for a “mini-Fennboree’. Since Fathers’ Day is probably a bad weekend, let’s plan on gathering somewhere in that area Friday / Saturday June 22 and / or 23. This won’t be the big shin-dig like the last two years, but it could be fun for whoever is in the area. We can share a bite to eat, drinks (alcoholic or not), and laughter! DG, I sure hope you and your sisters can make it. I will continue to update this idea here under this thread. If anyone wants to meet me/us, please put a comment here. Thanks.

    • Hi Cynthia! i will go only if you want to see the chest on a fun, safe side trip. but if you have no interest in seeing the chest count me out.

  2. How about a bit more of a central location like Butter, at the crossroads of I -90 and I-15? Friday the 22nd of June sounds perfect…and after I share my solve with whoever is there, they may just decide to extend their stay and join me on the 23rd and 24th for my latest search. The treasure is in the treasure state, but I believe it’s a bit further North than Yellowstone.

    • MicharD – Central for who, or central to what? Cynthia and others will be searching in the Yellowstone Park area, West Yellowstone or Jackson IS central for them. It would appear that you are the only one who may be searching north of Yellowstone – so closer for you perhaps, but certainly not CENTRAL for most who plan to attend – Just sayin’ JDA

  3. Thanks for the comments and ideas… Since it’s now the New Year, and working folks might need to schedule vacations soon, let’s make this official. I love Lou Lee’s name “The Function at the Junction” 2018. I want to keep the gathering place in West Yellowstone the weekend of Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23rd because I already committed to being there then. One of the probable attendees searches north of there towards Bozeman, I think, and other searchers who said they’d try to attend search in the West Yellowstone/ YNP area. I’ll try to come up with a gathering spot large enough for a group of folks as the time nears. If any of you know the area and have any ideas, please post suggestions here. Thanks…. Maybe we can get Shiloh to fly Forrest in for the weekend!

    • I have a suggestion: a Camp Fire that folks can gather around. There’s something about gathering around a fire and telling stories – there are some that are really good at telling stories.

      Maybe one night around a camp fire and the other in another location.

      In June is part of the tourist season up there, so best to set those plans well in advance.

      • Cynthia,
        I’m late to the conversation but I like this idea. Please let me know if this is a sure thing so I can plan ahead of time for the event. Will197532 at

  4. Forrest replied to me and suggested Bakers Hole campground which is just a few miles north of the town of West Yellowstone. I think this sounds like a great idea since some of us camp anyway. And I love Covert’s idea about a big campfire for one of the evenings. So, I will commit to getting a large as possible campsite with the expectation of the group campfire held there Friday night. I will provide firewood. We can gather there again Saturday night too for another campfire, but also do another group gathering Saturday afternoon there or another place if folks want to eat in a restaurant or someone else’s camp site?

    • FYI for new folks, Bakers Hole used to be called Brown’s Camp back in the early 1900s. Wouldn’t it be funny if this is FF’s “home of Brown”? We’d be sitting around a roaring campfire telling search stories, unbeknownst to us that we are within 500 feet of Indulgence! cynthia

      • My wife and I camped at Bakers Hole early in the summer of 2016 and it was great. Then my son and I camped there in the fall that year and found a spring close by the campground that had a strange rectangular pattern in the gravel at the center of the depression, about 4′ deep. At the time I was preoccupied with being elsewhere for my solve and went on by. I went back and camped there last summer and finally relocated the spot and froze my nether region exploring the gravel bottom that was by then covered in moss. Nothing was there and I regretted not searching better the prior year. It did not appear to be a natural feature and was roughly the size of the chest. Curious…
        It will be good to take another look around this summer and great to get together and meet new folks. Thanks for the invite, we’re looking forward to it.

      • Cynthia, Can you confirm if Forrest & Shiloh are coming? I really want to meet them. I would even offer to go Santa Fe, NM and drive Forrest to West Yellowstone, MT and back home when he wants to go there. The clues may lead toward Taos, NM any way so it’s all good… Please advise. Thank you, Mike

      • You may not be too far off Cynthia.
        The “Home of Brown” (trout that is), would be the upper Fire Hole River where they were released in 1890.
        I know this could be considered a major hint for some. I have grown to believe that everyone has the same information I have, probably more.

        If there was one thing I have done during TC search, it would be hands down educating myself on everything fly fishing, namely trout fly fishing. This past October I fished the Madison, Gibbons, three dollar bridge (on the other side of quake lake) and the Gallatin, just to name a few. If I don’t get an inch closer to the TC, I am and will be forever grateful to Forest Fenn for the kick in the pants I needed to get educated on Fly Fishing. It has given me a different set of eyes, as I see things now through Maui Jim Mahi Mahi’s. ; )
        Thank you Forest for this beautiful gift!
        Oh yeah, I spent eights days mostly in West Yellowstone (Kelly Inn) and some in Bozeman. I was hooked (no pun) so much on Fly fishing in my new Orvis waders and stocked fishing vest, I kept putting off the TC search. I did actually drive to the geographical locations of my solve and familiarized my self with the roads, waterways, ect., but never got my boots on the ground. It was just too hard to pass by these world class trout waters and not stop and fish. So, my stronger inner voice won, and I have no regrets.

      • MIke, Forrest never said he would attend. At his age, I don’t believe he plans on attending much of anything as I think Shiloh would need to transport him. I will probably be staying at the KOA campground in West Yellowstone but will try to secure a site at Bakers Hole so we can have a campfire one of the nights.

        • Cynthia;

          Just west of West Yellowstone there is a lovely little cabin – the Basin Station Cabin – Info can be found at: It is just a short distance from the lake, plenty of parking – room for tent camping etc. Would be a lovely place for several people to meet, and very easy access to Hebgen area as well as West Yellowstone and the west entrance to YNP.

          Worth looking into. Less miles to travel than Baker’s Hole.


          • fenn would sneak away and find a hotel. so the location should be in the back yard of a cabin hotel etc. also its not wise for fenn at his maturity to be in the cold over night. a cold can be deadly

          • Thanks, JDA, for the link. It looks like a beautiful setting but I already booked my site at the KOA in West Yellowstone. If anyone else wants to reserve this cabin, though, and wants a group of searchers to hang out with them one of the evenings or two, I’m game.

        • Hi Cynthia, Thanks I’m probably not going to come without Forrest there but that may change if my search leads me from NM north. Have good time, Mike

        • Hi Cynthia, Thanks I’m probably not going to come without Forrest there but that may change if my search leads me from NM north. I thought Forrest suggested Bakers Hole because he was coming. Too bad I wanted to meet him. Have good time, Mike

          • The Yellowstone airport is near Bakers Hole. I seen the treasure there in 2001.

    • You’re welcome. Looking forward to meeting you and other new faces, like JDA. I feel like I sort of “know” some searchers who have been commenting on HOD for awhile but it will be neat to meet folks and put faces with their names.

  5. Sounds fun Cynthia, but unfortunately I can’t search this year. Have to pay off some things and get more financially stable. If you do the mini Fennboree in 2019, I’m in. Please post pics and stories so I can live vicariously through you all.

  6. I love to meet Forrest and all of you! I’m hoping to drive there from Massachusetts. Please tell me what I need to say to get near all you folks for the campfire & fun. Thanks for organizing this. Thank you to Dal & Cynthia and anyone else I missed…

  7. I’ll try and make it then. My wife has to put in for vacation well ahead of time so we already have plans to be off the first week of July. If I can make it to WYS the June 23rd weekend I will. Anyone know if campsites at Bakers Hole should be booked far in advance?

  8. Sounds like a lot of fun Cynthia , I won’t make it to West Yellowstone 🙁 ….. I’m sure gonna miss the fun and friends. About then I should be sitting beside my little campfire at Hyde Park enjoying the solitude…. have fun everyone… JDA, I’ll catch you next time… until next time… see ya my friends 🙂

    • Focused, Please don’t go to Hyde Park the weekend of the MT Meet-up. Please go some other weekend. I’d like to attend the MT meet-up AND see you this summer.

      • Golden Retrievers,
        It’s still to far out for me to know for sure what I’m going to do. The last Fennboree was a spur of the moment idea. It was great meeting you there… along with everyone else. I will let you know when it gets closer k…. if I don’t make it, skip a rock across the Madison River on my behalf k….. have a great day…. until next time… see ya

  9. Cynthia, your timing for this event couldn’t have anything to do with matching the hatch could it? Go big or go foam as the saying goes.

    • Strawshadow – I don’t Cynthia meant to time the event with the hatch taking place.

      It’s set on the first weekend of Summer…..hey, wait a minute….Summer. Wait, what?

    • Straw, I am so not a fisher person that I had no idea what you were even talking about. Ha Ha. The reason I am going to be there that partial week/ weekend is because Dan Barbarisi who is writing a book about Fenn’s treasure hunters is planning to meet me in Yellowstone that week. (He already has a publisher so it’s for real.) He talked/ interviewed a bunch of searchers at last year’s Fennboree. I’m sure he’d be delighted to talk to anyone who would be willing to talk to him. He isn’t specifically going to meet me to interview me… he’s never been to YNP and he and his friend Jay think that’s where FF hid the loot. I hope to lead him and Jay right to the chest! Ha Ha. I’m joking about knowing the location of the chest. But maybe DG and her sisters can show Dan and Jay a thousand places where Fenn’s gold ISN’T. I showed him places in NM where it ISN’T. So I didn’t schedule the Function at the Junction to time it with the “hatch”, unless it’s when one of the searchers actually finds it, and when the “hatch” opens, well…………. we all can “marvel gaze.”

    • Anybody could land there as far as I know. If you have an aircraft and pilot, that is. I think it’s really wishful thinking on our part to expect ff to go to Baker’s Hole, though, or any where else. IMO.

  10. Hello to all of you!
    I have been a “silent” searcher (and re-searcher :-)) off and on since the summer of 2016, and while I have often visited this site and enjoyed your posts/conversations, I have never commented before now.

    This treasure hunt has affected my life in the most amazing ways, large and small, and as it has proven impossible for me to explain the profundity of the journey to anyone who hasn’t experienced it for themselves, namely everyone I know haha, I thought I would introduce myself and join in the fun and camaraderie. I am sorry I haven’t done it sooner, my loss!

    I have just reserved a campsite for that week in June so that I might attend the “Function at the Junction” on the weekend of the 22nd-23rd. I am looking very forward to meeting you all in person then!

    Many thanks, Dal, for this wonderful site, and to Cynthia for organizing this 2018 gathering. I would be happy to pitch in and help with any of the planning, set-up or cleanup, so please don’t hesitate to ask!

    Cheers, and here’s to this long winter passing quickly!

    • I agree with you, Sarah. I’ve been a “silent” searcher myself since 2012, always coming back to this sight for more info. I’m hoping I can make the trip as well. It would be fun to meet all these individuals in person. It will also be exciting to investigate my new ideas of the treasure’s location.

    • As a searcher from Berlin, Germany, I’ve been silent for quite a bit of time but I really enjoy this blog and so I will try and make it to the gathering, probably as the guest from farthest away… 🙂 I’d love to meet up with you guys, at least for a drink or two! 🙂

  11. Oh dear, I forgot to thank Forrest Fenn, without whom none of this extraordinary adventure of the heart, soul, mind, imagination and body would exist! I only hope to have the honor of meeting and thanking him in person, some day.

  12. In recent years I avoid YNP and all the stupid tourons from early June until after late September, but I will consider zipping up from N. Utah for a couple nights of adventure.

  13. Thanks for your efforts Cynthia, I was hoping some sweet soul would organize in West Yellowstone. I plan to be there, as I was this past June and again in October. Looking forward to meeting everyone in the chase.
    My idea for a group search was, we take turns going to each persons solve and help them find the TC. If the treasure if found by anyone other than that person’s solve, it’s an 80/20 split. So, either the entire group (which I like better) or the individual would be rewarded as well.
    30 or so searchers have a better chance and there is an element of safety in numbers. I realize this could be looked at as a huge trust issue. On the other hand, how could you possibly think of taking advantage of someone considering the generosity and level of Integrity with the Honorable Forrest Fenn. He has certainly made a difference in my life, and I can say that the impact is on many levels. He has served our country well, and continues to do so!
    Happy Trails

  14. Cynthia, I would like to nominate you the Dorothy of The Treasure of Fenn. And here’s your song! To the tune of Follow the Yellow-Brick Road.

    Follow the Forest Fenn Poem
    By dean

    Follow the Forest Fenn Poem, follow the Forest Fenn Poem,
    Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the Forest Fenn Poem
    Follow the Forest Fenn, follow the Forest Fenn Poem
    Follow the Forest Fenn Poem.

    You’re off to see the Treasure, the Wonderful Treasure of Fenn
    You’ll find he hid the treasure with cleaver, is ever a Treasure there was
    If ever, oh ever, a Treasure there was, the Treasure of Fenn is one because,
    Because, because, because, because, because
    Because of the wonderful things Fenn does
    You’re off to see the Treasure, the Wonderful Treasure of Fenn!

    I’m the Cowardly Lion………

    • Dean- thats fantastic! thanks for sharing. at the end of this movie, all the searchers will realize like dorothy and tin man and scarecrow and the lion, that they had all along that which they sought. and in that regard, Mr. Forrest Fenn like the wizard, is the one who showed them all.

      i always wished there were birds represented in that movie….no, the flying monkeys dont count.

      • Thank you Dodo Bird,
        You are spot on!
        Hope to see you in June on the “Yellowstone Road”, where there will be birds for you!

  15. I’ll be there in West, all summer really. Took a job as a tour van driver just so I can have housing and days off to hunt. Got old driving back and forth to GA last summer. Post the whens and where’s once it is settled please.

    • I think the West Yellowstone plans were made back in December before the Fennboree was announced. I still plan on heading up North, it should be a good time either way.

  16. Dal this is me from 2016 Fennboree meet and camp near yours.I brought the elk stew in my Dutch oven... on said:

    I’ll be setting up my lodge near Dal. Wambli Galeshka

    • Please be more specific with your question. Some searchers think more
      precisely than others do . . . in my opinion.

  17. Just found out that Fennboree in NM will be the same dates as the “Function at the Junction” – June 22/23 DARN – wish that there was not a conflict – Now I do not know which to attend. Function is closer, but Forrest will probably be at Fennboree, not here, (and I have not yet had the chance to meet him) – DARN!!! Decisions – Decisions – JDA

  18. Cynthia- I plan to bring myself and my dutch oven of elk stew like two years at Fennboree. looking forward to dipping a fly also!
    IF work allows, I will be there over the week or so, when you will be there. Look for my camo truck.
    Wambli Galeshka sends//

  19. Cynthia, thank you for arranging/coordinating this thing. I’d like to attend, but my
    schedule of availability is a bit “iffy” right now.

    Please post updates / other useful info for us folks planning to attend, or suggest
    otherwise how we can stay informed about this, okay? If I do show up, I’ll bring
    food and wine to share.

    . . . and may I add: “Good luck to all searchers.”

  20. Since it’s likely that every camping spot at Baker’s Hole will be full, maybe it would help us searchers to identify the proper “group” of folks if there was a sign posted/showing. Maybe
    just a big letter “F” would suffice? I’ll occasionally check this blog thread for updates/additional
    information. Thanks again, Cynthia.

  21. I just returned from a 10-day trip to West Yellowstone. I will update my version of the Function-at-the-Junction here and on my website, as well as updates at both places in the next couple weeks.

    I eliminated Bakers Hole as the gathering site. It rained almost every evening in West Yellowstone. Bakers Hole has no pavilion and we need a place with a roof and parking. I checked a few spots and have decided on the Buffalo Bar at 7 pm as the gathering spot on Saturday June 23rd. . They have an outdoor covered patio. The lady I talked to said they will put a group of tables together for us outside on the patio if I let her know that morning. I told her the group would be between 2 and 20 people.

    Caveat: It is considered a casino because there are a few slot machines beside the bar. They have a giant sign at the door that no one under 21 is allowed in the bar. I’m not sure if that includes the outdoor patio. If anyone plans to attend that has someone under 21 in their party, please reply so we can look for another venue.

    I reduced the function to one night instead of 2. All the restaurants fill up in the summertime and most of them can’t handle a large group. To make matters worse, I have no list of tentative attendees so can’t make hard reservations without knowing this ahead of time. I think most folks who commented previously are good with Saturday evening.

    For anyone who plans to attend, could you please post a comment under this thread with the number of people in your party.

    I chose 7 pm so folks can spend time inside YNP or searching and still get back to West to shower if they so choose. The Buffalo Bar also has great food. We can eat as well, as individuals.

    Please provide me with your feedback both positive or negative asap so the appropriate changes can be made if needed. Thanks.

    I believe two media folks plan to attend if anyone is interested in talking to them.

  22. Cynthia….Golden Retrievers, my sister and I plan to join you Saturday night. We will have spent the week prior searching (between us we have 4 or 5 solutions) so we can let you know where it isnt! Thanks for arranging the meet up venue. I’m trying to talk you know who into joining us but he is elusive and hard to nail down. Probably will have some sort of fishing related excuse. Something about a hatch or some such. We still plan to camp at Bakers Hole so plan to join us for coffee or adult beverages or both at some point??

    • Thanks, Sandy, for the update. I’ll try to find you at your campsite, too, since I arrive in West Gate KOA Monday the 18th.

      • Ha Ha! I guess it depends if you’re wearing that turquoise bracelet, or not. You might be able to barter if you have the bracelet!
        Hope to see you there, Straw, bracelet or no bracelet. (:

      • Straw…a true dirt bag searcher doesn’t even OWN a pillow. C’mon. Sleep is for sissys. The girls and I will be hosting happy hour at the usual time time on Friday. Bring your own Coronas and lawn chair. And don’t forget the bracelet.

        • Is this an invitation only party? May I attend if I bring my own booze?
          What is the “usual” time… I’d hate to be late.

          • Cynthia…you have an open invitation! I’ll contact you when we get to Bakers Hole. Maybe one of us will be sporting a new row bracelet

        • That’s just like you Sandy to play dirty. Just for spite, come 8, when the day is all most over don’t be surprised if the best of the riffraff crashes your party. Who knows might add a little class. Huh? What’s that I hear…breaking glass;)

          • Straw…the sound of breaking glass…so that’s how you describe what’s going on inside your head….interesting! We have twin thoughts. I think I may have a remedy for that in my spice cabinet.

  23. Cynthia,

    Thanks for the update. I will be there with the wife and 2 grandkids. I will see what I can do. We will be staying at the Grizzly RV park.

    • Thanks for the update. I know where the RV park is. I will call the Buffalo Bar to see if your grandkids are allowed to sit at the tables on the patio.

    • Geydelkon, I just called the Buffalo Bar to verify people under 21 are allowed inside until 9pm. So you may bring your grandchildren to the Function-at-the-Junction since it starts at 7pm. Looking forward to seeing you there.

      • Thanks for the update Cynthia. We should be arriving the area on Thrusday. We will be at the Fishing bridge campground prior for 3 days. We leave the Springs on the 16th heading somewhere north of Santa Fe looking at things but not searching.
        This trip is for the kiddos. They remember best.

        How many searchers are planning to attend?

  24. We’ll be at Bakers Hole Campground after the 16th and will have a large f on the windshield of the pickup when we’re in the campsite. Not sure if we’ll be around after the Friday night on the 21st. but hope to see you all there at some point. Looking forward to seeing the bracelet. Good luck to all, be safe.

  25. Hi everyone I’ll be coming up early to search for the treasure I have a very good solution wish I could be there for the fennboree. My name is Faron Young from Stephenville Newfoundland .Forest Mentioned my town in the thrill of the Chase . I have been searching now for over seven years. This will be my eighth trip Will check out the campgrounds around West Yellowstone will be leaving on June 16 hope to see some searchers .Good luck in the search stay safe

  26. Hello everyone, It’s been rainy in WYS , that should improve. If you like sunsets check out what I call , my inspiration point. The bluffs over the Madison . The Nw corner of where the Madison river flows under Hwy 191. A half mile N of the bridge is a day use road, across the street from the transfer station . Go .3mi W then .2mi. S. at the Y. Your looking down on the Madison as it winds into the panoramic hebgen. Lotsa space ,parking and no people. Prime search area for many, we all know how that turned out. Maybe see ya Saturday. Happy Hunting.

  27. I just arrived in West Yellowstone. I might have extra space at my campsite at Baker’s Hole Campground, if anyone needs a place to stay. Party on . . .

  28. Good news. Here is the most current update: More folks are arriving tonight or early tomorrow. There’s already a group of us who have agreed to meet at the Buffalo Bar tomorrow night (Friday) as an informal gathering. Most of us want to spend the better part of the day searching. I will try to be at Buffalo Bar by 8, unless I decide to go earlier to eat dinner there. Doug Demonman and Brooke from Texas have also stated they will be there tomorrow night.

    The scheduled Function-at-the-Junction still takes place Saturday at 7 pm. I will remind them (Buffalo Bar owner) tomorrow night that we need seating for about 20 people for Saturday’s event.

    • Thanks Cynthia for coordinating the event. The family and I had fun meeting everyone. We especially had a great time in Yellowstone. I wish we could of been there a few more weeks.
      Since we weren’t searching for the treasure chest the thought of it was still on my mind.
      At least I had my GPS to get the correct time twice a day.
      Maybe there will be a meet in Colorado where the rocks move.

      Thanks again

      An Indian Scout and A Saint

    • Thanks, Cynthia! I missed the Function at the Junction, but have been to the
      Buffalo Bar. It’s a nice place, and I think it was a good choice.

    • I wish, but my budget isn’t enough to get there yet. West Yellowstone is definitely one of the best places to be in the chase.

  29. Brand new to this, but didn’t take me long to figure out that I’ll never catch up to those who started first. Would someone be willing to take a second to recommend which book (can only afford one) or blog I should use at this point? Health issues prevent any trips from MS any time soon, but still like to stay in the loop.

    • Graveye;

      Welcome to the chase. When forrest says to read the book, he is referring to The Thrill of the Chase (TToTC) – Blog = This one and/or Jenny Kyles Mysterious Writings – see list at nottom of every thread. JMO opinion – again – welcome – JDA

      • Thanks JDA. I always appreciate others Opinions. Now if I can just sweet talk Forrest into relocating the prize to the southeast side of the country 🙂

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