Check here for map and directions on how to get to Burning Man.
Make sure your vehicle (and whatever you are towing) has an UNOBSTRUCTED rear license plate, a license plate light, and two working headlights, tail lights, and brake lights. Be sure you have a valid driver’s license and proof of current insurance.
When You Arrive
At the Gate, everyone in your vehicle must have a ticket in hand, or your entire car will be turned around.
The speed limit on Gate Road is 10 MPH. Speeding causes traffic stops, deep ruts in the playa, and dust, which is a safety hazard. Tune in to Gate Advisory Radio Station 95.1 FM for Gate updates (BMIR at 94.5 FM for event info).
Picking up a Will Call ticket from the Box Office? You can access the Will Call Parking Lot from all lanes of traffic. Gate staff will direct you to where to park. If one person in your vehicle has a Will Call ticket, the entire vehicle must stop at the Box Office to get your tickets/vehicle pass. Return to your vehicle and proceed to the Main Gate. Please do not get out of your vehicle until you are parked in the Will Call lot.
Note: For the safety of all participants, do not drive faster than 5 MPH while inside the Will Call and the Main Gate areas.
Be prepared to have your vehicle searched for prohibited items and stowaways. Keep this in mind when packing. After Gate, the Greeters will welcome you and give you your printed city map and other information.
This year the gate will open at 12:01 am on Sunday, August 26, and close at 12 pm on Tuesday, September 4. This does not extend the beginning and ending of the event itself.
The official event start time is 6 pm Sunday, August 26, and the event officially ends at 6 pm Monday, September 3. Before and after these start and end times, participants are to focus only on camp setup and breakdown.
Complete arrival information can be found on our website.
No Early Arrivals
If you arrive in the hours before 12:01 am Sunday, August 26, you have the option of parking in the Staging Lot on Gate Road. This will give you the opportunity to rest, stretch your legs, retrieve tickets from Will Call, and meet your neighbors. Before the Gate officially opens, a special Strike Team is dispatched to open up extra lanes to process vehicles in the Staging lot. This highly experienced team of Gate staff will quickly check your tickets, search your vehicle, and route you back onto Gate Road. Please DO NOT wait on the side of the road along Hwy 447 or CR 34 or in Gerlach or Empire. The Staging Lot on Gate Road is your best option if you arrive early. Think of it as a transition zone from the default world to BRC.