2017 City Plan

BRC consists of the main camping area formed by a series of concentric and radial streets, and an “open playa” reserved for art installations. The BLM establishes a buffer zone on the playa around the event site — no camping is allowed in this area. The 2017 Black Rock City plan is available on the Burning Man website. You will receive a BRC map at the Greeter’s station when you arrive.

Civic Plazas

Civic Plazas are located on either side of the city at 3:00 & 9:00 on Breath Street. These are mini civic centers with art installations, service caps, First Aid Stations and Black Rock Ranger Outposts. These Plazas are public gathering spaces, and Theme Camps encircling the Plazas are encouraged to participate creatively in making these spaces inviting. Mid-city rings of plazas are located on Genuflect Street at 3:00, 4:30, 7:30, and 9:00, and on Inspirit Street at 6:00. Arctica ice sales are stationed at Genuflect at 3:00 and 9:00.

Walk-In Camping

A large area past Lustrate Street between 2:00 and 5:00 is reserved or Walk-In Camping. Camp without cars! No vehicles or RVs are allowed. You must leave your vehicle and carry your belongings to your chosen spot. The sheer difficulty of this exercise keeps Walk-In Camping sparsely populated, and your efforts will be rewarded with a sense of solitude unavailable in other parts of the city.


Banks of porta-potties can be found throughout the city on radial streets on the blocks between Ceremony & Dance and Hallowed & Inspirit. The exceptions to this are 6:00, which has banks between Fire & Genuflect, and Inspirit & Juju, and 3:00 and 9:00, which have banks between Eulogy & Fire. There are also banks on the open playa on either side of the Man along 2:00 and 10:00, and out by the Temple. To help you find potties in your time of need, they are marked by solar-powered light poles topped with blue lights. It’s a good idea to stop periodically and orient yourself to the closest potties (you’ll be glad you did).