Nights of June 3rd and 4th, 2016
We will have games (like Fenn Trivia and Bean Bags), a Pot Luck dinner, a mini treasure hunt, "in the wood" croquet, and Forrest has even agreed to an appearance!


Friday, June 3rd - Arrival / Camp setup (Hyde Park / Black Canyon Camp Grounds)

Saturday, June 4th - 9:00 AM - Movie Premier - Fenn's Searchers (Marriott Courtyard at Santa Fe)

10:30 AM - 2nd showing - Fenn's Searchers (Marriott Courtyard at Santa Fe)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Pot Luck Lunch / Trivia Game (Hyde Park Group Shelter #2). Please EMAIL SACHA for information on what to bring to the pot luck.

4:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Camp Fire Stories (Hyde Park Group Shelter #2)

Sunday, June 5th - 9:00 AM - Pancake Breakfast (Hyde Park Group Shelter #2)

PLEASE NOTE: there is a $5 per car "day use" fee charged by New Mexico State Parks

As noted above, we will be holding a Pot Luck lunch on Saturday, June 4th at 1PM. Everyone can bring their favorite side dish and treasure stories to share.

PLEASE SEE THIS UPDATE which is in Adobe Acrobat format, dated May 15th 2016.

The best part is it is a very family friendly environment, and accessible by any vehicle. There are RV hookups, campsites, grills, a playground, and a volleyball court. There are reserved spaces and first-come-first served spaces. There are hiking trails nearby, and there is sure to be no shortage of adventure for everyone. However, if you want to camp there, you pretty much have to reserve your space now, so make sure to email us and let us know at Everyone who wants to camp will be sent the NM State Parks official rules so you know what is allowed and what isn't.

Is camping not your thing? Do you want to soak in a tub at night, after a day hiking the trails? Fennboree will be so close to Santa Fe that you can join in on all the fun, and still wake up to room service. There are plenty of hotels near the plaza, and for those on a budget and willing to make a short drive, there are many more economical options in Albuquerque.

We know, it's a little early to start thinking about it, but we wanted you to all have plenty of time to talk about and plan for a family trip. We want everyone to have an opportunity to have fun and meet each other, so if we gave you the heads up, it might be a little easier.

Are you not able to travel, or is that weekend already reserved for another engagement? Don't worry! You can still join in on the fun. We will have a couple of contests leading up to the event, so even people from far away can participate.

The only fee is not charged by us, but is for the campgrounds themselves. The campsites are $10, per night. That actually means $10 per overnight vehicle, so if you bring two cars, it is two passes. One vehicle towing a trailer or an RV towing a car, counts as one vehicle. If you want electric hookups, it is a few dollars extra. If you have a New Mexico State Parks pass, your camping is free, except for electric use. If you only come for the daytime, you will need to purchase a day use pass, which can vary from $4 to $7 per vehicle.

We will have a special shirt made for this year's event. Everyone can preorder one if they like, and we will put either your real name or your blog handle on the front for no extra charge. We will have a contest to design this year's shirt, but more details on that soon!

We are really excited and hope to meet you all there!

Check or for updates


Hyde Memorial State Park. Elevation is over 8,300 feet (2,529 meters), and the nights will be cool. The camp site is famous world-wide as a camping, hiking, and skiing destination worth visiting, with 50 "developed" camp sites as well as several group camping sites. Some sites have 30-amp electricity connections. Fresh water is on-site.

See the Google Map here.

This meeting is for treasure seekers hunting Forrest Fenn's hidden treasure chest. This is an opportunity for people actively seeking Mr. Fenn's treasure to discuss their past hunts, offer advice to new hunters, brag about the terrible dangers they found themselves in when hunting the treasure, sing of their brave deeds, and boast about how much cleverer they are than everyone else there.
Arrive June 3, 2016, spend the nights of the 3rd and 4th at the camp site and leave on the 5th.
Details regarding participation have not been worked out as of December 6th, 2015. Please check this web page again in a week or two.
There will be two facilitators for Fennboree 2016. Sacha and Cynthia will handle questions for people who wish to know more about the meeting, including media inquiries:

Desertphile can also be contacted regarding the event, and also about issues with this web site:


You will want to bring warm sleeping gear: blankets, pillows, sleeping bag. Also a tent if you don't want to risk being rained upon. Also bring food, water, camp stove, pots, pans, dinner plates, forks, knives, spoons, coffee cups. The picnic tables have benches to sit on, but some people will want to bring their own chairs. Sources of light, such as flash lights and lanterns, are also good to bring. Bring: kitchen matches; gold ingots; treasure maps. A fire ban might be in effect. You may also want to bring food to share. Hot cocoa mix is always good to have for people who are not diabetic and/or lactose intolerant; marshmallows to set on fire, if there is no fire ban, is also fun.

Cameras and video recorders are good to bring, but please ask people for permission before taking their pictures.

The Golden Fenn:
Once again there will be a most holy shrine for Golden Fenn to rest his gilded feet upon. The Golden Fenn Shrine will be on display during the entire Fennboree. Consecrated holy offerings suitable for the usual Vietnam-era Air Force fighter pilot may be left here: cans of beer; pin-up girls; whiskey; Lucky Strike cigarettes; LOOK Magazine; etc. Leave anything and everything that might please Golden Fenn and perhaps induce Him to shower down upon you treasure-finding inspiration.
Media Present:
The treasure, and the hunt for the treasure, continues to be of interest to various "media:" movie, magazines, newspapers, TV networks, and the like. If you wish to talk about your experiences hunting for the treasure, you may do so at Fennboree 2016. Every person from the various media organizations have agreed to not interview anyone who declines the request.
Fennboree Movie Premier Event FENN'S SEARCHERS:
On Saturday, June 4th 2016, at Marriott Courtyard in Santa Fe (on Cerrillos Rd.) we will be holding a FREE screening and premier of a chase-based documentary film. The screening will take place in the morning, and the exact time will be released shortly before the premier. The movie trailer is available, and there are more details here.
Fennboree 2016 Artwork:
Not available yet

Past Years' Fennboree:
Year 2014

Year 2015

UPDATE April 20,2016

Hi all! Fennboree is fast approaching, and some of you are starting to put your plans together. Cynthia and I have some updates for you, so you can all know what to expect.

First, and most importantly, NO GLASS CONTAINERS are allowed. We can't stress this enough. Alcohol is absolutely permitted, and you are very welcome to bring your own, if you like. Just make sure you get cans, and not bottles.

Second, THERE IS NO CELL SERVICE WITHIN 5 MILES OF THE PAVILION AND CAMPGROUNDS. Seriously, there is no service at all. We have tried multiple devices and carriers, and nothing gets anything close to a signal. In order to get service, you have to drive a few miles towards town. Once you hit the 'holy-cow-how-much-do-these-houses-cost' neighborhood, you might be able to get a signal. By that time, you are two minutes from town.

Third, in May, we will post a sign up sheet for the pot luck. If you plan to come to the pot luck, we ask that you bring something useful, or something to share. We expect this to be the biggest event of the weekend, and we would hate to see people not get lunch. If you are planning on coming, but not eating, we would still appreciate a heads up on how many people you are bringing to the pot luck. We have a few games planned, and we want to make sure we have enough fun and prizes to go around.

Fourth, for everyone attending the pot luck, but not camping – there is a $7 per car Day Use fee, charged by New Mexico State Parks. It is only per car, not per person. If you are camping in Hyde Park, then it is already included in your camping fee. But, that doesn't apply for camping at Black Canyon, because Black Canyon is a National Park Service campground. If you are camping at Black Canyon, I recommend a carpool or enjoying the short walk to the pavilion. NOT PAYING THIS FEE WILL RESULT IN A CITATION AND A FINE! So, if you don't pay your $7, the Rangers will come hunt you down in the crowd, cite you, and it will cost you more than the day use fee.

TO PAY THE DAY USE FEE: You must pay at the pay box, located at the entrance to Hyde Park Camp Ground. You must bring EXACT CHANGE, because you stuff the money in an envelope, and then put it in the box. There is no one to give you change.

There is limited parking at Hyde Park. There is only enough room to park about a dozen cars at the pavilion. If you are camping nearby, we highly recommend walking over to the pavilion, rather than driving. There is a moderately sized parking lot at the entrance to Black Canyon, so we can recommend parking there as well.

On a more fun note, Kay A. has decided to set up a Lending Library, she will put up a little bookshelf and chair, with some treasure-related reading for anyone to enjoy during the weekend. She will also set up a Lost and Found station, in case anyone loses their car keys or their husband.

There has been a much bigger response to Fennboree than we could have ever expected. We look forward to seeing all of you there. If you have a great idea to share, a game you want to run, or something you want to contribute to the event, please email us at and we will make sure you have what you need, if we can.