BRC consists of the main camping area formed by a series of concentric and radial streets, and an “open playa” reserved for art installations. This year, you will notice some changes, particularly around the City’s Center. Rod’s Road, the circular road around Center Camp has been eliminated, creating new roads leading into the Plaza, and hopefully, slightly less confusion navigating that area. As always, the Bureau of Land Management establishes a buffer zone on the playa outside the trash fence — no camping is allowed in this area. The 2024 Black Rock City plan is available here. You will receive the BRC Map & Guide at the Greeters’ station when you arrive.


Plazas are located at 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30 & 9:00 on B & G Streets. These are mini civic centers and public gathering spaces with art installations, encircled by creative and inviting theme camps and service camps. Emergency Services with first aid and Black Rock Ranger Outposts are located behind the plazas at 3:00&C, 9:00&C. Arctica ice sales are stationed at 3:00&G, 6:00&B, and 9:00&G plazas.

Center Camp Plaza & The Canopy

The Center Camp Plaza and surrounding Neighborhood is the expression and celebration of Burning Man culture, embodied through a radically immersive experience. Make your way to the the heart of the city and find a ring of newly-placed camps celebrated for their distinct interactivity. At the center of the Plaza you’ll discover The Canopy — an acre of beautifully designed, shaded space brimming with participatory festivities, day and night. You’ll find immersive experiences, hilarious shticks, Vaudevillian acts, interactive comedy, daytime funsies for the kiddos (young and old), crafternoons, tea parties, games, an emerging art gallery – and much, much more. Open to all 24/7 throughout Burn Week, The Canopy is the perfect place to meet up with friends, encounter new ones, and set the tone for the evening’s shenanigans. But be careful, you may tumble down a rabbit hole (or two) and stay for a while. 

“When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!” -Alice in Wonderland

Open Camping

Open camping is located throughout many blocks between H to K Streets. Some of these blocks are entirely open for unplaced groups to camp in, while others contain both open camping and reserved camping. 

Space for reserved, placed camps is delineated by blue survey flags. If you plan to camp in open camping, be sure to camp outside the blue-flagged zones or you may be asked to relocate your camp. Open campers should share the space with other open campers who arrive later and negotiate available space together. Open campers that arrive during Build Week are not permitted to land-grab to save large swaths of space for friends arriving later, and must provide their Setup Access Pass when requested. 

If you need assistance finding open camping space on playa, stop by Placement Headquarters at Esplanade & 5:45. Check out the General BRC Camping Info page to learn more about how to camp in BRC.

Walk-in Camping

A large area past K Street between 2:00 and 5:00 is reserved for walk-in camping. Camp without cars! No vehicles or RVs are allowed. You must park your vehicle along K Street 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.

Placement & Reserved Camping

If you’d like to receive a reserved camping spot for your camp, you’ll need to learn the placement process and submit the Placed Camp Questionnaire before the deadlines in March/April. Theme camps are the main types of camps we reserve placement for, but we also hold space for camps for artists, mutant vehicles, volunteers, and staff. Check out the Placement Process & Timeline page to learn about how to be selected for Placement. You can find Placement Headquarters on playa at Esplanade & 5:45.


Banks of porta-potties can be found throughout the city on radial streets on the blocks between C & D and G & H. The exceptions to this are 3:00/9:00, which have banks on D, and 3:00/6:00/9:00 with banks between H & I. There are also banks on the open playa on either side of the Man along 3:00 and 9:00, and out by the Temple. There are some potty banks in deep playa as well. To help you find potties in your time of need, they are marked by solar-powered blue lights above the banks.

Box Office

The Box Office is open 24 hours a day during the event and is located just outside BRC’s Main Gate. Tickets held for Will Call pick-up can be retrieved any time of day or night, from Monday, August 19, 2024, at 12pm (noon) PT to 12pm (noon) on Saturday, August 31, 2024. If you are arriving before the event officially begins at 12:01 am Sunday, August 25, 2024, you will need a valid Set-up Access Pass (SAP).

Tickets requiring payment can be purchased with Visa or MasterCard only (no cash!). All Gate lanes will get you access to the Box Office parking lot where you can retrieve your ticket. There are no tickets for sale at the Box Office. 

If you need to visit the Box Office during the event,  it is closest and safest from inside the city to go to the Airport Box Office located at the end of 5:00 street. The Airport Box Office is open from 8am – 7pm, and functions exactly the same as the main Gate Box Office. Please do not walk or bike on the open playa to the main gate Box Office.