The Scratching Post is a hut in Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2 in the Gaptooth Ridge region of the New Austin territory.

It is a small, fenced-in area including a run down shack on the San Luis River.


Red Dead Online

The high-honor story mission "The Hanging Of Tom Davies" concludes here, with the online protagonist and their posse having to escort Marshal Davies, Sheriff Freeman, and Old Man Jones to the location in order to escape the pursuing Del Lobos.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The shack and surrounding property can be explored. Searching it will yield a few cans of food, a couple of valuables, and an ancient necklace.

Red Dead Redemption

It is a shack near one of several American/Mexican border crossings and contains a chest with a relatively low amount of money ($18-$20).

Outlaws to the End

In the Outlaws to the End Co-op missions it is the starting point of "The Escape" and the second of the three stops the raft makes in the "The River".

Liars and Cheats

After downloading the Liars and Cheats DLC pack, The Scratching Post becomes a gang hideout. It is one of a series of hideouts that, when completed, will give the player with the highest score the ability to obtain the Explosive Rifle.

Undead Nightmare

During the Undead Nightmare, Marston will encounter a small contingent of U.S. soldiers in this location who have abandoned their posts to save themselves. If Marston aids them, they will give him a U.S. Army Uniform that will gain him access to the Army's train into Mexico.


For some reason, there are no doors on the shack, and it doesn't seem like there had ever been any doors. The windows also don't have any glass or covering on them, and the wooden roof is full of holes. The surrounding fence is broken down in some places, which makes it look as if a storm or a group of bandits may have the cause of the damage done to the house. There is an outhouse just next to the main structure as well as a stack of lumber.

There is a hitching post just outside of the fence where Marston may encounter a horse sometimes, even though the shack is abandoned. Upon stopping in front of the shack, Marston sometimes remarks "There must be someone there". This apparently doesn't have any further meaning, though, as it happens at many other locations as well.


The discovery of this location in Red Dead Redemption counts towards the following Trophies/Achievements:

10 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze
Uncover every location on the map in Single Player.

100 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

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