Treasure hunts are a great way to get your hands on a lot of cash in Red Dead Redemption 2 without getting your hands near as dirty as you would pulling off a robbery. Each treasure hunt rewards a certain number of gold bars, which can be sold at the camp or to a fence for cold hard cash, so tracking down each clue can quickly add up to a big chunk of change.
The only problem is that each treasure hunt is tied to a series of obscure, hand drawn maps you’ll find while out exploring Rockstar’s wild wild west. These maps aren’t always easy to decipher with the sheer size and scope of the RDR2 world map, and as far as we know you have to find each map before you can loot the treasure itself. So, to make things easy we went ahead and put together this guide to show you how to find all five secret treasures in Red Dead Redemption 2.
Jack Hall Gang Treasure
Reward: Two Gold Bars
Begins: After Chapter Two
The Jack Hall Gang Treasure is both the easiest to hunt down and the best treasures to tackle early in the game for a few golden bars and some significant cash to kick off your adventure.
Jack Hall Treasure Map Number One
Location: Stranger Event west of Flatneck Station, south of Valentine
To get started, make your way south of Valentine to the ridge just west of Flatneck Station. When you arrive, you should trigger a stranger event with another treasure hunter that’s frustrated with his hunt. The stranger will offer to sell you the map for a cool $10, and you can either haggle to drop the price to $5 or capture/kill him and loot his pockets for the first piece of the map.
If the treasure hunter runs or gets away for any reason, he’ll reappear in the same area up to three times, after which the treasure map will show up for purchase at any fence.
Jack Hall Treasure Map Number Two
Location: Caliban’s Seat, between Valentine and Horseshoe Overlook
With the first piece of the map in hand you’re free to make your way to Caliban’s Seat, a small ridge just south of Valentine and a little north of Horseshoe Overlook. If you’re familiar with the area, you’ll notice that the distinct stone pillars on the edge of the mountain match what you see on the treasure map.
When you arrive, make your way to the top of the plateau and then look north to find a small path leading down the edge of the cliff face.
Follow the path along the cliff, climb over a large square section of rock and then carefully make your way to the end of the path near the distinctive pillars you see on the map.
Look closely at the cliff and you’ll find the second Jack Hall Gang treasure map stashed away in a small notch in the stone.
Jack Hall Gand Treasure Map Number Three
Location: Cotorra Springs northeast of Valentine
The second map depicts a few crudely drawn geysers and a series of rocks and stumps as landmarks, so to find the final treasure map you’ll need to make your way to the western edge of Cotorra Springs northeast of Valentine and west of Bacchus Bridge.
When you ride into Cotorra Springs keep your eyes peeled for a series of stacked stones near three other large geysers. Search one of the larger stone piles and you should find the third piece of the Jack Hall Gang treasure map in a small nook made by the stacked stones.
The Jack Hall Gang Treasure
Location: O’Creagh’s Run west of Annesburg
The final map takes you on a pretty lengthy ride to a small lake called O’Creagh’s Run west of Annesburg.
When you arrive, make your way to the small peninsula on the southwest side of the lake. Hop across the rocks and take a quick swim to the island in the center of the lake.
Climb up onto the south side of the island and look for a small stack of rocks below a few bushes to finally claim your prize. Gold bars can be either sold to a fence or donated to the camp for a pretty penny, so whether you’re in the early or the late game these treasures seriously pad your budget.
High Stakes Treasure
Reward: Three Gold Bars
Begins: After Chapter Three
High Stakes Treasure Map Number One
Location: Random Encounter around Wallace Station west of Valentine
To get your hands on the first High Stakes treasure map you’ll need to track down another prospective treasure hunter via a random encounter near Wallace Station. The event doesn’t always pop up your first time through the area so it’s best just to make some laps around the station and the surrounding area until you trigger the event proper.
If you’re having trouble, we suggest riding around Wallace Station and the surrounding area, then doing a save/load to reload the instance and reset the chances of a random encounter occurring, then rinse and repeat until he appears.
When you find the treasure hunter, he’ll quickly stash away the map when you approach and when questioned won’t reveal anything without violence. The trick is to approach the stranger ready to either shoot or hogtie him immediately. If you’re willing to take the honor hit it’s best to just put on your mask and shoot the treasure hunter as soon as you’re close enough to nail a headshot. Otherwise try to stay mounted to make lassoing him a bit easier to nail the throw before he makes it to his horse.
One way or another, check the treasure hunter’s pockets to find the first High Stakes Treasure map.
High Stakes Treasure Map Number Two
Location: Cumberland Falls southwest of Valentine
While you’re in the area around Wallace Station you’re close to the location of the second treasure map. Make your way to Cumberland Falls just northwest of Wallace station or just southwest of Valentine along the Dakota River to get things rolling.
When you arrive, make your way to the base of the falls on the eastern (right side) bank of the river. You’ll need to make your way down a treacherous stone path and across several rickety logs to make it to the base of the waterfall proper, but take things slow in the narrower sections and you should be okay.
Once you arrive you can safely step into the wall of water near the edge of the cliff to find a secret cave behind this portion of the falls. Approach the back of the cave to claim your prize from a small hole in the wall.
High Stakes Treasure Map Number Three
Location: Barrow Lagoon north of Valentine
The second map takes us on a trip into the frozen mountains north of Valentine to a large frozen lake called Barrow Lagoon.
Make your way around to the northeastern edge of the lake and you’ll find a log that’s fallen to create a bridge from the shore to the small island raised out of the ice.
Circle around to the edge of the cliff to the right and make your way down the rocks to climb onto the log bridge itself, and then search the small hollow in the center of the trunk to find the final map to the treasure.
The High Stakes Treasure
Location: Cliffside between Fort Wallace and Bacchus Station
The High Stakes Treasure itself is located on a cliff face between Fort Wallace and Bacchus Station a good ride northwest of Valentine. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you reach the top of a high cliff with two large stone ridges to your left and right.
Make your way down the path between the two ridges and hang a sharp left to make your way along the cliffside.
Follow the cliffside until you reach the end of the path and hop down to the platform directly below you. Immediately turn 180 degrees and jump down to another platform, then turn around 180 degrees one more time and jump down to another platform.
From there, follow the path and duck under a large chunk of stone sticking out of the cliff to find the High Stakes Treasure just on the other side.
Poisonous Trail Treasure
Reward: Four Gold Bars
Begins: Chapter 2 (best completed a little later in the storyline)
Poisonous Trail Treasure Map Number One
Location: Cabin at Cairn Lake far north of Valentine
The first Poisonous Trail treasure map can be found at the small cabin at Cairn Lake in the northwestern corner of the map. You can make your way there by taking a long ride north northwest of Valentine, or by making your way northwest of Fort Wallace and Bacchus Station into the mountains.
Most players will recognize this cabin as the same one that Flaco occupies as part of his Gunslinger quest, so you may have already stumbled on this map accidentally already.
Either way, once you arrive at Cairn Lake make your way into the cabin on the southeastern shore of the lake and search under the bed for a small lockbox with the first Poisonous Treasure Map tucked inside.
Poisonous Trail Treasure Map Number Two
Location: Face Rock north of Rhodes and west of Ringneck Creek
The second Poisonous Trail treasure map can be found north of Rhodes at a landmark called Face Rock, which can also be found across the road west of Ringneck Creek.
Once you find the large rock that gives the area its name, make your way around to the back side of the hill and make your way to a tall dead tree with a fork in it.
Look to the northwest to find the other, smaller dead tree depicted on the map and search the base of the tree to find the next treasure map.
Poisonous Trail Treasure Map Number Three
Location: Snake Coil Landmark southwest of Van Horn Trading Post
The third Poisonous Trail treasure map can be found just a short ride southwest of Van Horn Trading Post in a clearing with an odd, snakelike mound leading up the hill.
Make your way to the top of the hill and search the stones in the shape of a large eye to get your hands on the final treasure map you’ll need to complete this treasure hunt.
The Poisonous Trail Treasure
Location: Elysian Pool southwest of Annesburg
The final Poisonous Trail treasure map takes us on a ride to a small lake called the Elysian Pool just southwest of Annesburg.
Once you arrive, walk directly into the waterfall on the north side of the pool to find a secret cave network in the darkness beyond. Equip a lantern or the miner’s helmet to grant yourself a bit of extra light and make your way into the first oval entrance to the cave.
As soon as you enter the cave, look to your right off what looks like a small ledge into darkness. Carefully climb down to the bottom of the ledge and duck into a small cramped hole at the bottom.
Once on the other side look to your left and you should barely see a small platform a short jump from the end of the ledge you’re standing on. Take a few steps back and take a good sprinting leap from one platform to the other and you should just barely make it across.
Don’t be discouraged if it takes you a few tries to pull off the jump, missing the ledge leads to instant death, but you’ll respawn on the banks of the Elysian Pool so trying again is just a short walk away.
Once you manage to pull off the jump the Poisonous Trail treasure can be found by searching the hollow in the rock on a ledge at the back of the platform. Get to looting and four gold bars will be yours to spend.
Secondary secret treasures (Spoiler Warning)
These next two treasures aren’t necessarily part of the traditional treasure hunting fair but are still worth mentioning because they are technically treasure with maps and clues just like the rest. Keep in mind that the Le Tresor Des Morts isn’t available to everyone because it was offered as an exclusive digital pre-order bonus, and the second is the quest for Otis Miller’s Revolver, which involves two secret treasure maps and a short walk into spoiler territory, so proceed at your risk if you haven’t finished the main story.
Le Tresor Des Morts
Reward: Five Gold Bars
Begins: Anytime after chapter 2 (for digital pre-orders only)
The first of these two is the Le Tresor Des Morts, which is a treasure that can only be found if you preordered the digital version of Red Dead Redemption 2 before a certain cutoff date. We pre-ordered the physical, ultimate/special edition of the game quite a bit in advance and couldn’t access this treasure, so if you can’t find the first piece of the map it’s probably because you don’t qualify under whatever Rockstar considers to be the digital pre-order window for this treasure.
It sucks, because Le Tresor Des Morts rewards five gold bars, but there’s not much to do about it. For those with access to this treasure the locations are listed below.
Le Tresor Des Morts Treasure Map Number One
Location: Small prison in a destroyed town southwest of Horseshoe Overlook
One way or another, make your way to a small abandoned village just southwest of Horseshoe Overlook. There are a lot of destroyed buildings in the area, but you’re looking for a small prison shack, one of the only buildings in the village still standing.
Head inside and you’ll find the first piece of the treasure map near one of the bodies in the cells.
Le Tresor Des Morts Treasure Map Number Two
Location: Secret passage under Cornwall Freight in Saint Denis
The first Le Tresor Des Morts map takes you on a ride down south to Saint Denis where you’re looking to make a discreet entrance into the Cornwall Freight shipping yard on the southwest edge of the docks.
Once you arrive, keep your eyes peeled for a large warehouse with a set of train tracks running through it and a smaller building attached.
Head into the smaller building and you’ll find a secret tunnel leading from Cornwall friend down to the waterside. You’ll find the second treasure map secreted away beside a crate not far down the tunnel.
Le Tresor Des Morts Treasure
Location: Mausoleum in Saint Denis’ Graveyard
With both pieces of the map in hand, the Le Tresor Des Morts treasure can be found a short ride north to the graveyard in Saint Denis.
Once you arrive, you’re looking for a small mausoleum with a tall spire in the northwestern quadrant of the graveyard. It’s pretty distinct, but if you’re having trouble try to do a small grid near the area we have marked on the map and keep your eyes peeled for any mausoleum that you can actually walk inside.
Search the wall on the left side of the mausoleum and you’ll find your reward tucked safely away in a secret compartment.
Otis Miller’s Revolver Treasure
Reward: Otis Miller’s Revolver
Begins: After Chapter 2, but can’t be completed until after the main story
Otis Miller’s treasure can only be found by getting your hands on two torn pieces of a map from two unique hermits on each side of the map, but the treasure itself can only be found after completing the main storyline and unlocking the areas south of Blackwater.
Otis Miller’s Revolver Torn Treasure Map Number One
Location: Female Hermit Shack northwest of Strawberry
Our first stop on this treasure hunt is a tiny shack on the western edge of the map. From Strawberry make your way northwest of the map along the border until you come across a small shack hidden away in the woods.
The second you approach an old hermit woman will come shrieking out of the shack and send her dogs to attack you while she pecks at you with a shotgun from afar. Deal with the old hermit and her dogs however you deem appropriate and then search her shack to find some supplies and the first piece of the torn treasure map.
Otis Miller’s Revolver Torn Treasure Map Number Two
Location: Male Hermit Shack north of Annesburg
The second piece can be found by taking a long road trip to the other side of the map to the wild wilderness north of Annesburg.
Follow the main road north out of Annesburg and you should come across another small shack covered in keep out signs. When you approach you’ll get a warning or two from the hermit that lives inside before he comes barreling out with a shotgun to take care of you. Take care of the hermit and be sure to loot his weapon to get your hands on his unique Rare Shotgun.
When things quiet down, head into the shack and you’ll find the second piece of the torn treasure map secreted away within.
The Otis Miller Revolver Treasure
Location: Cave west of Twin Rocks in New Austin
The treasure itself can be found by following the cliffside west from Twin Rocks in New Austin once you finish the main storyline.
Stick close to the rocks and you’ll eventually find a small hollow worn into the edge of the cliff face. Head inside and you’ll find a chest with Otis Miller’s Revolver.