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Black Rock Desert closures during Burning Man

By August 10, 2013

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As is the usual case during Burning Man, there will be public access restrictions around the event area before, during, and after Black Rock City emerges from the Black Rock Desert playa.

Black Rock City, Burning Man
Black Rock City during Burning Man.
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Restricted access will be from August 12 through September 16. During this time, public access to the Black Rock playa at the 8-mile entrance will not be allowed. Only Burning Man event personnel and ticket holders will be able to use this entrance. All other access points to the playa will be open to the public as usual. Black Rock City and the immediate vicinity, or about 14,153 acres of the Black Rock playa, will be under restricted access. This represents about 13 percent of the playa area. According to Winnemucca District Manager Gene Seidlitz, similar temporary closures during Burning Man in past years have been implemented with minimal disruption to other public uses. A map of the closure area is available from BLM.

The Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the permitting agency and also administers the public land on which Burning Man is held - the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. For more information about the permit under which Burning Man is held, refer to this document from the BLM Winnemucca District Office - "Burning Man 2013-2016 Special Recreation Permit."

Whenever you go up to visit the Black Rock desert, be sure to stop first at Black Rock Station in Gerlach. This is the official BLM visitor center for this national conservation area. The staff will be able to provide you with current information, impart their knowledge of the area, and generally help you have a fun and interesting visit that doesn't turn into an ordeal of survival. This is a rough place, so heed their advice.

Source: Press release from BLM Nevada.

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