Featured Question with Forrest: Yellowstone Volcano Risk

Yellowstone-Volcano-665x385Mr. Fenn,

According to recent research about the Yellowstone Supervolcanoe and if I do the maths right, there is a 1 in 700 chance the treasure will get blown to bits in the next 1000 years.

Are you okay with those odds or does that make you feel like you should move the treasure? …preferably somewhere closer to me. 😉

(Scientists find missing link in Yellowstone plumbing this giant volcano is very much alive link)



I doubt that a volcanic eruption under Yellowstone Lake would blow the treasure chest to bits, no matter the odds, but it might spread a lot of beautiful cutthroat and lake trout around the country side. f


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28 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    Yellowstone is such a beautiful place. When we first visited, we were, still are, amazed by its wonders….and knew immediately we needed to respect all areas of it.

    I’ll be writing more on this later, but I was reading Meek’s discovery of it. Here is his account, “The whole country beyond was smoking with the vapor from boiling springs, and burning with gasses issuing from small craters, each of which was emitting a sharp whistling sound.”

    Of course, I’m thinking ‘Marvel gaze’ and ‘listen good’…..lol…..(I’ll share more on this later)

    Thanks Forrest and Chuck for another inspiring Question and Answer. They always make me think….more.

  2. Iron Will says:

    Those poor trout 🙁 On the hungrier side though, at least when they get spread around the park they’ll already be steamed or fried 😯

  3. astree says:

    Some people claim that Forrest does not hand out hints, but this comments allows those focusing on Yellowstone, to redirect their efforts.

    In related news, this morning –


  4. astree says:

    “no matter the odds”

    Given Forrest’s previous comment about being subject to the whims of Mother Nature, this is a bit interesting, that “matter” is derived from words meaning both “wood” and “mother”

    ….. Latin māteria woody part of a tree, material, substance, derivative of māter mother …..

    and for “matte”

    …. maditus, derivative of Latin madēre to be wet ….

    • astree says:

      Is there something that Forrest is playing with, on the “supervolcanoe” spelling?

      I’m not finding anything, but for quite a while have allowed for

      ” and take it in the can(oe) yon(der) down ”


  5. astree says:

    The part of the question’s link article, that seems to be most direct to the answer:

    ” last time Yellowstone had a calderic eruption was 640,000 years ago, and the misshapen hole it created was about 25 miles by 37 miles across. …. The main visual evidence of the old caldera is the striking absence of mountains at the heart of the park: They were literally blown away in the last eruption. ”

    ( the date imbedded in the link .. what were the row and plot numbers Forrest’s mentions in the back part of his book, where his father rests ? )

    • Laddie says:

      So Astree are you saying what I think your saying? “NOT IN YELLOWSTONE”

    • astree says:

      Hi Laddie,

      Aside from what I think, it looks like a volcanic disruption in Yellowstone could take out much of the park (?), so I think that’s what Forrest was implying. I guess we could toss around what “blown to bits” could mean, but a surface read, to me, would mean that any large disturbance in the Yellowstone area, is not going to affect the treasure.

      How do you read it? Curious what other people think Forrest may or may not have been implying.


      • Laddie says:

        That appears to be the applied meaning here and If we couple this with his other post, telling folks to stay on designated trails in Yellowstone and that his treasure ISN’T near a human trail. I think he’s throwing the folks like Dal etc a bone.

      • JCM says:

        Unlike the soft, rotten apples we would stick fire crackers in and throw at each other as kids with a resulting spray of chunky apple sauce, I agree with f that the treasure chest would not be blown to bits; I won’t bother to mention his twisting of other things in this statement to lead people to believe what they want to believe.

        Chuck is looking for a clue and f isn’t falling for it, but f is sure happy to play with his question. Those people gullible enough will have no problems rationalizing this statement to conclude that the chest cannot be in Yellowstone, just like f’s staying on the trails statement.

      • Jenny Kile says:

        I think my thoughts about the Q/A are similar to JCM. I take his answer as him being clever in saying, if there is an eruption, the gold and treasure would not be blown to ‘bits’ (even if it was there). I feel he carefully answers by not indicating whether it is or is not there. And goes on to mention the poor fish….lol……

        • Laddie says:

          @ Jenny

          it might spread a lot of beautiful cutthroat and lake trout around the country side. f

          Why not treasure too teehee it’s not there 🙂

        • Lou Lee says:

          I was thinking about WWWH alot and still believe that could be many places. Than I was thinking that forrest might want to be put to rest and “scented in” closer to where is family is. I know one daughter is near him. Others too? Maybe the treasure in closer to him than Jellystone Park?
          Oh Jenny, I was wondering did you look for the treasure when you went to see forrest? Have you searched much and do you have a favorite state?

          Lou Lee Belle

          • Jenny says:

            Hi Lou Lee,

            I was able to do a little searching when we were in NM, and have searched quite a few times. Not as much as some, probably more than some. I search when I like a spot and feel confident about it.

            best of luck to all!

            • Thank You Jenny for answering my question! Nice you got to Treasure Hunt. Its a magical thing. Just being out there…..is wonderful. I have not been to that area in over 20 years. N.M. I hope to go and maybe get Forrest to sign my book.
              Thanks again Jenny 🙂

              Lou Lee Bear

      • JC1117 says:

        Forrest’s answer is no real surprise to me. I never thought the Treasure was hidden in Yellowstone. It’s in New Mexico…IMO. I’m not going to explain how I came to this conclusion. People will just have to find out in due time on their own. My family asks me all the time, “What in blazes are you on about THIS time?” Frankly, I’m getting tired of explaining to them without giving it all away…so I just reply, “Treasure…that’s what I’m on about. Besides…it’s too hot for you to handle…when it’s blazing in the summertime…in New Mexico.”


      • Chris L says:

        He started out his answer with “doubt” not wont. Sounds to me that he believes it will be found before Yellowstone blows.

  6. Woody Bogg says:

    Mmmm ..Flash fried trout for dinner……..Forrest makes me laugh.

  7. Carolyn says:

    I read it to my husband and his reply was, well it’s not in Yellowstone lake which he said was under the 5000 ft mark anyway

  8. astree says:

    Laddie and Carolyn,

    Thanks for your replies.


  9. Carolyn says:

    Just to be clear, I said not in Yellowstone Lake, it still may be in Yellowstone Park though.

  10. Mark J says:

    I can’t wait until the time I can take my family to Yellowstone. It is high on our list of vacation destinations. Hopefully the volcano will hold off on erupting until after we have departed.

  11. Chuck says:

    I haven’t been back here in a while. I see Mr. Fenn actually answered one of my questions?!

    I see he didn’t fall for my trap and met my fishing expedition with a fish story… Well played Mr Fenn. Well played.

    • Chuck says:

      Okay. Now that I’ve had some time to digest his answer more fully, I think I can cross Yellowstone Lake off my search areas. Yep. I think I just went toe to toe with Fenn’s whit and intelligence and won! 😉 About two-hundred thousand more trick questions like that and I should have the treasure dialed in!

      Actually, I just think the geology of Yellowstone is fascinating and the science/engineering they’re doing to picture and research it’s plumbing is very clever.

  12. wildchild says:

    Yellowstone lake is at 7,732 feet above sea level. 136 square miles of shoreline,390 feet deep at it’s deepest. Average depths 139 feet

  13. Washaufizzi says:

    Good job Chuck. Did you misspell Supervolcanoe intentionally?

  14. Chesney says:

    Yes, beautiful trout! They are even better in the morning, as breakfast. I don’t know what is more “Thrilling”… watching, catching, or eating a fish. I guess I am lost for words when I am alone in nature.

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