Nights of June 9th and 10th, 2017

Images of Fennboree 2017:

The venue and event are family-friendly and accessible by most vehicles. There are RV hookups, campsites, grills, a playground, and a volleyball court. There are also hiking trails nearby. Most camp sites at Hyde Park are "first-come first-served" spaces, and the 8 reservable ones will probably already be taken by the time you see this web page. If you want to camp at Black Canyon Campground, you will wish to reserve your space as soon as possible.


Shelter #2 is closed until the end of June due to tree almost falling on roof. We have been moved to Shelter #3 which is along Hyde Park Road across from site #47 where we held the Friday night campfire last year. It is a very nice shelter but has less parking. The ranger told me we Fennboree attendees can park along the asphalt road once the shelter lot is full.

UPDATE 2017-JUNE-06:

Tent loop at Hyde Park has 50 sites, supposedly. All will accept tents, only half a dozen or so are large enough for campers. As of this morning, there are less than a dozen sites occupied. If you are bringing a tent, we will find you a place to pitch it. Black Canyon Campground is a half mile down the road (closer to SF: it's where Dal will be hiding out.) It is run by the National Forest Service, and maybe they have water and toilet paper. (Hyde is a STATE PARK: apparently there is no money in the budget for toilet paper so BRING YOUR OWN!) Reservations are accepted at Black Canyon but I don't know if there is availability at this late date.

Weather is still beautiful at Hyde: low of 50 degrees, high in upper 70s to low 80s: in the shade it was perfect! A few raindrops fell overnight but not enough to make the ground wet.

HYDE PARK: Park's web site.
BLACK CANYON CAMPGROUND: Black Canyon web page.

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 many 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. There are really nice showers at Ft Marcy Park at the bottom of the road to Hyde Park in Santa Fe. Showers cost $3 and the showers open 6:00 AM and close 8:00 PM.

We know that it is a little early to start thinking about Fennboree 2017, 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.

The only fee is charged by the campgrounds themselves (Hyde Park or Black Canyon Campground). The campsites are $10 per night per vehicle, so if you bring two cars it is $20 per night. One vehicle towing a trailer or an RV towing a car counts as one vehicle. If you want electric hookups at Hyde Park 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.

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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 9, 2017, spend the nights of the 9th and 10th at the park and leave on the 11th.
There will be two facilitators for Fennboree 2017. Cynthia and David 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 2017. Every person from the various media organizations have agreed to not interview anyone who declines the request.
Fennboree Movie Event THE LURE:
The distributors of the film THE LURE have been asked to make the film available for viewing by Fennboree 2017 attendees; so far (2016 December 20) there is no agreement that it will be.
Fennboree in the Past:
Year 2014

Year 2015

Year 2016


NO GLASS CONTAINERS are allowed. We can't stress this enough. Alcohol is permitted and you are very welcome to bring your own. Make sure you get cans and not glass 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: If you plan to attend 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.

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.

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.