Map & Directions
Gerlach is the last place to go to get gas. It is also a traffic bottleneck. Please gas up in Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Wadsworth, Nixon or Empire if possible. If you absolutely have to get gas in Gerlach, please fill up before going to Burning Man to avoid the very long wait times after the event. From Gerlach, go west on Hwy 447 for one mile to the fork. Take the right-hand fork, Hwy 34, and continue 8 miles to the Burning Man entrance. Note the 3-mile playa entrance (first turn-off) used in previous years is NOT an entrance to Burning Man. The 12-mile playa entrance, just beyond ours, will also not take you to Burning Man. Both will be patrolled by BLM Rangers.
From the West & Southwest
Route 1: From Reno take I-80 east 28 miles. Take the Wadsworth/Pyramid Lake Exit #43 to Hwy 447. Turn left — you can get gas here. Go north 1 mile to Wadsworth and turn left on Hwy 447. It’s 75 miles to Gerlach.
Route 2: From Reno take I-80 east 4 miles. Take Exit #18 to Pyramid Way/ Hwy 445. Turn left and travel north 31 miles. At Pyramid Lake, turn right on Hwy 446, and go east 12 miles to Nixon — you can get gas here. Turn left on Hwy 447, traveling north. It’s 59 miles to Gerlach.
From the Southeast
From Fallon, take Hwy 50 west 31 miles to Fernley. Drive through Fernley to Hwy 427. Stay on 427 for 5 miles to Wadsworth. Turn right onto Hwy 447. It’s 75 miles to Gerlach. Gerlach > Black Rock City
From the North
From US 395, go 25 miles east on Hwy 299 to downtown Cedarville. This is the last opportunity to fill up on gas, supplies, and services until Gerlach. From downtown go south onto County Rd 1/Hwy 447 for 84 miles to Gerlach. Before entering Gerlach, turn left on Hwy 34 and its 8 miles to the Burning Man entrance.
From the East
From Winnemucca, take I-80 for 130 miles to Fernley. Take Exit #46. You can get gas and supplies here. Turn right onto Hwy 427. Travel 5 miles to Wadsworth. Turn right onto Hwy 447. It’s 75 miles to Gerlach. The other route from Winnemucca — Jungo Road — is a very treacherous dirt road, with easy-to-miss turns, and it is likely to cause a flat tire or worse. Please don’t try this route.
Think about how you will leave BRC, and when. Know what to expect and plan accordingly. Plan on a 6-8 hour wait from BRC to the paved highway and another 3+ hours to Reno during peak times (typically Sunday and Monday). The wait may increase if there are accidents or other traffic issues, including too many people trying to leave BRC at once. The more participants spread out their departures, the shorter wait times will be. The event officially ends at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 7, 2015 (Labor Day). This year we have authorization from BLM to allow Exodus to extend through Tuesday, September 8, at noon. This is to allow a safe and smooth egress period. If the line of cars is too long, and your schedule allows, you may wait in your camp. Use the extra time to rest for the drive, secure and tie down your vehicle loads, and MOOP. This is a time for winding down, not continuing the event. You must be out of the city by Tuesday at noon. More info: burningman.org/exodus
Pulsing: Exodus Peak Times
We will implement Pulsing from 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning until 11:59 p.m. Monday, or until there is not a need. Pulsing is a system of moving vehicles at regular intervals toward the highway on Gate Road to avoid the long slow creep that challenges the sanity of even the most patient among us. With Pulsing, vehicles stop and turn off their engines. Then, every hour, vehicles are pulsed a mile forward all at once. Pulsing does NOT get you out of the city more quickly, but it gives you a break from driving and is more environmentally friendly. Use this time to meet your neighbors! During Pulsing operations, expect to be stopped along Gate Road for long periods of time. Potties will be available. Listen to Gate Area Radio 95.1 FM for Exodus and Pulsing info.
For a full list of frequently asked questions about Exodus, go here: gate.burningman.com/faq-gate