How the Heck Did Forrest Fenn Find His “Special Place?”

The perfect “hidey spot.”

Shelley and I were planning a program on our YouTube Channel. It was going to be entitled, “Forrest Fenn’s Special Place.” We were outlining the program, when Shelley asked, “How did he find it?”

“Find what?”

“His special place.”

My initial response was, “I don’t know. He’s never said.” Which, to the best of my recollection, is accurate.

I searched all the available resources and although he’s said a number of things about his special place, he’s never said how he found it. At Moby Dickens Book Shop in November, 2013, he said, “And that treasure chest, I have said, is in a very special place to me.” Earlier in 2013, he told Jennifer London of HDNET Report, “Well, I don’t want to give too many more clues, but, it’s in a special place to me.

One could conclude that the treasure chest Fenn hid is in a special place to him.

“OK,” Shelley said, “But, didn’t he also say that no one would stumble over the chest?”

I checked. “Yup. In interview with KOAT TV Albuquerque’s Laura Thoren in April of 2015, he said, ‘Nobody is gonna accidentally stumble on that treasure chest.'” I looked up, and asked her, “Where are you going with this?”

“I have a question,” Shelley said. “If no one is ever going to stumble on the treasure chest, how did Fenn discover his ‘special place?'”

Think about it. Then, join our YouTube live stream on Wednesday evening at 7pm, MDT at We’ve got an all star panel to discuss it, and you can join the conversation in live chat. Honestly, we don’t have an answer.

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What Makes Fenn’s Place Special?

On the trail to Popo Agie Falls.

According to research there are six possible characteristics of what makes a place special. Fenn’s special place may have one or more of them.

  1. Unique Personal Connection
  2. Social Connections
  3. Natural Beauty, Peace and Serenity
  4. Uniqueness of the Location
  5. History, Anthropology or Archaeology of the Location
  6. The Amenities of the Place

We’re going to discuss Fenn’s Special Place on our next live stream on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 1pm MDT. Q&A to follow the presentation via SuperChat.

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