Scrapbook Two Hundred Two…


june, 2019


Gadi was one of the first searchers. As a reporter for NBC News in Albuquerque, he made a documentary about the treasure that won him an Emmy, and a promotion to Correspondent for NBC News in LA.

He remembered in my book, TTOTC, that Donnie and I took 2 Babe Ruth candy bars on our horseback quest up Red Canyon while Looking for Lewis and Clark. So Gadi decided to search the canyon himself, and for luck, he ate 2 Babe Ruth candy bars and nailed the wrappers to the Red Canyon sign that had been placed by the National Forest Service to mark the trailhead.

Well, not much later, Dal, while searching Red Canyon, saw the 2 wrappers on the ground under the sign, and placed them in the trash can. Dal should have given me the paper souvenirs so I could picture them in this Scrapbook. Maybe they could bring other searchers good luck. it is indeed a small world.

Gadi came to see me his week, on his way to Yellowstone on assignment about grizzly bears tearing up garbage cans. He told me the story about how he proposed to his girlfriend. It was on a deserted island and includes a treasure chest with a secret inside, It is right out of Treasure Island, You can’t make this stuff up. Maybe Gadi will write a Scrapbook and tell that story. Here is an email I received from him this morning. f


From: Gadi Schwartz (Google him)
Sent: Friday, June 14, 2019 11:13 AM
To: Forrest Fenn
Subject: Almost found your treasure again…

Howdy Forrest!

You’ll be happy to know that there are legions of pterodactyl sized mosquitoes out guarding your treasure!

I finished my assignment a little early at the Grizzly Discovery center, so I headed up to the Firehole and spent the afternoon exploring as many little slots as I could. I thought I hit the jackpot about a quarter mile down from the falls when I found this little crack. I crawled in, did some interior decorating and checked the crevasses and cubbies until my work clothes were indistinguishable from a miner’s. After a bit I sat back in the dust and cleared my mind and tried to imagine you sitting in Mummy Joe’s cave.

cave movie

When I came out, I spotted a couple armed with binoculars who seemed a little out of place. No fishing gear, not particularly interested in taking photos and stopping at every pull off to scan the cliffsides. All told, I saw about 20-30 people that matched the description of treasure hunters around Yellowstone. (I didn’t stop and talk to any of them though, because I wouldn’t have been able to resist bragging about our lunch which would have wasted precious time)

After a graceful and wet mini tumble into an eddy, I headed upriver and put some eyes on that old grizzly cave. There are still bones from some sort of elk or deer bleaching away at it’s opening. My log bridge I crossed last time has washed a little downstream and I decided not to press my luck again.

I headed just past the falls pull out and checked on a couple more spots, one place I really love is this little ledge right above where the falls goes over the edge. It’s hidden from view but also nearly impossible to get to. One of those rocks gave me a gnarly little cut on my city hand that I can’t wait to get home and fuss over.

On my way back I spotted a big nest that had been destroyed by some kinda marmot. I finally decided to call it a day and head back to my car. As I got in, I heard a noise in some brush beside me. I turned to see a 3-400-pound grizzly lumbering toward me. I let out some sort girlish yelp that evidently conveyed I would taste very sour, so he went around and headed down toward the river where I had just been looking.

bear movie

Hope he has better luck in the search than I did. I finished the day pretty proud that I survived and decided to celebrate by buying a steak and frying pan from the grocery store next to The Dude.


I found a nice spot overlooking Hebgen Lake to cook a romantic dinner for me and 7 million thirsty insects. I forgot seasoning, a knife and a can opener for my side of chili so my meal was small and over cooked. The mosquitoes ate me medium rare.

Sending you picture and videos.

Also, I love your new book, Once Upon a While.

“Took a long pull of Worcestershire Sauce to clear my head”

“While trying to avoid those who distract me from my self-esteem, I am always reminded of the heroic performances I committed on the football fields of my youth. “

“Fear they’d turn their vocabulary loose on me”

“… the candles died of old age”

“I mostly listened, not wanting to interrupt him with the weakness of my thoughts.”

My favorite chapter the bridge jump. My least favorite was the forward by Douglas. I was terrified he gave too much away! But that was before I headed back out to explore and was once again reassured by Yellowstone himself at how insanely large the woods are and how enigmatic the blaze remains. Here’s to hoping the treasure is never found!






You’re In Luck…


© 2012 dal neitzel



this cache has been removed/stolen I will place a new one soon.


I spent several days in sunny New Mexico and several days in rainy Montana looking for the treasure. You’ll be happy to know that I didn’t find it.

But I left a game I thought we could all play. Regular readers of this blog will remember that last summer KOB-TV reporter Gadi Schwartz duct taped a candy bar to a sign near where he was looking for the treasure not far from West Yellowstone, Montana. This spring I found the remains. The candy bar was gone…probably swiped by a chocolate loving bear. But the duct tape was there. I met-up with Gadi for breakfast one morning last week and we  compared notes about where we thought the treasure might be and why. Gadi mentioned that it might be fun to make a game out of leaving things for fellow searchers to find. In that regard I assembled a cache and left it in West Yellowstone near a Fenn landmark. So the object of this game is similar to the geocaching game that is popular right now.

It’s pretty simple. Someone hides a box or bag with some goodies in it and then publishes the directions for finding it along with the latitude and longitude for those with a portable GPS. When you find the cache you are allowed to take something and you are supposed to leave something. In this way the goodies in the cache keep changing. There is usually a log in the cache where folks who find it can leave their name and home town as well as list what they took and what they left.

Our game is pretty much the same. I have assembled a group of inexpensive little goodies and stashed them in a small, plastic food storage box. I hid the box. But it’s a lot easier to find than Forrest’s treasure chest. So if you go looking for Forrest’s treasure in or around West Yellowstone I hope you’ll take a few minutes to also look for the cache that I have named the “Dude Cache”.

This is so easy that kids should have a good time finding it. Once you find it, take something, leave something, enter your names and hometown on the log and then put it back where you found it for the next person….and…if you can…take a cool photo that includes both the cache and yourself and email it to me along with a story about searching for the treasure or the cache or both and I’ll put the stories and pics in this blog. It will be fun to see how the cache changes and how many people find it.

Okay…so this is what I put inside the cache:

1-Lummi Island Refrigerator Magnet. Very rare, unless you live on Lummi Island.

1-Chunk of Obsidian suitable for your Yellowstone Rock Collection.

1-Nut or Seedpod from the Bishop’s Close Botanical Garden in Portland OR. It was growing on a tree there. I don’t know what it is. Looks like nutmeg or a walnut but I am certain it’s not. I put it in my glove compartment when I visited the garden this spring so I could look up what kind of tree it was growing on…then I forgot about it.

1-Vintage marble found at the end of the Riverside Trail where the “barns” used to be located. Maybe it was Forrest’s.

1-Small, Yellowstone National Park pin.

2-Fishing Flies guaranteed to be appetizing to Brown Trout in the Madison River. One is a hopper and the other is made to look like some sort of spring hatch. These have hooks so please don’t stab yourself when you reach into the box.

Where it’s located…

You will have to find the Dude Motel in West Yellowstone. By the way, Forrest, his brother Skippy and their friend Donnie built this motel about 1962. Forrest picked the name. They don’t own it any more. Forrest related a great story that took place during a National Governor’s Conference one year. Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, was staying at the Dude. He lost his key and had to go out back to the alley and break in through the bathroom window. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan crawling into his motel room through the bathroom window? Those were much simpler times I guess…

The Dude Motel is located on the corner of Boundary Street and Madison Avenue in West Yellowstone, Montana. From the motel walk across Boundary Street to the sign that reads “Riverside Trail”. From that sign take 67 adult paces up the trail. This should take you to another sign that displays some information about the trail. From that sign take a left turn and move about 15 adult paces into the woods over some fallen logs and limbs. Look down and to your left and you should see the clear & blue container on the ground, behind a log.

When you are through with it please put it back in the same place so others can find it. Please don’t place any food in the container. That would just attract bears who would steal the whole box and no one would ever find it. Bears are no good at game rules.

For the Geocaching purists out there…forget all the previous clues and head to the following coordinates:

N 44deg 39.625

W 111deg 05.789

You should be standing on it.

Okay…lets see what happens… Have Fun!!


Forrest in the News….

On Monday and Tuesday KOB-TV ran a two part news story on Forrest and the treasure hunt. Gadi Schwartz was the reporter and he has put together a very nice resource page for treasure hunters HERE.

For some reason they seem to have taken down part one of the story.  So I’ve posted the videos on my website. The links are below:

Part one is a great interview with close may learn something important.


Part two is Gadi and a crusty, old seasoned treasure hunter out looking for the gold.