Black Rock City Plan

2016 City Plan



BRC consists of the main camping area formed by a series of annular and radial streets, and an “open playa” reserved for art installations. To open more living space, axillary parking is available at the back of the city between 7:15 and 10:00 streets, but camping is not allowed here. BLM establishes a buffer zone on the playa around the event site — no camping is allowed in this area. The 2016 Black Rock City plan is available on the Burning Man website. You will receive a BRC Map and Guide at Greeter’s station when you arrive.


Artists, Theme Camps and patrons are encouraged to develop and activate these open public spaces, creating welcoming environments at the plaza’s centers.

Civic Plazas

In addition to Center Camp, two Civic Plazas are located on either side of the city at 3:00 & 9:00. These are mini civic centers, where service-oriented Theme Camps are placed, and where you can find First Aid Stations and Black Rock Ranger Outposts. These Plazas are public gathering spaces, inviting art, performance and community interaction.

Public Plazas

We invite artists and patrons to settle around and activate a public plazas in the city. We call on them to join together, pooling their resources to create a welcoming environment at the plaza’s center. New location for 2016: at 3:00 and 9:00 on G, where you will find mid-city ice sales, and at 6:00 on I.

Art Plazas

There are two art plazas at 4:30 & 7:30 and G Street, where Burning Man Arts places select participant-created art pieces. There are also first aid stations behind the Art Plazas on H Street.

Walk-In Camping

A marked area immediately southeast of Black Rock City is reserved for Walk-In Camping. No vehicles or RVs are allowed in this area. You must leave your vehicle and carry your belongings to your chosen spot. The sheer difficulty of this exercise keeps this area 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 C & D and H & I. The exceptions to this are 6:00, which has banks between G & H and J & K, and 3:00 and 9:00, which have banks between E & F. 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 blue solar powered light poles.