Please try to plan your arrival for the correct time. If you arrive in the hours before 12:01 am Sunday, August 28, please DO NOT wait on the side of the road along Hwy 447, CR 34, in Gerlach, or Empire. Your best option is to proceed down Gate Road and you will get parked in the Staging Lot. This will give you an opportunity to rest, stretch your legs, retrieve Will Call tickets from the Box Office, ponder the vagaries of life and meet your neighbors. You will not be penalized for arriving early. (You also don’t get in any earlier).

If you are in the Staging Lot, stay sober — you will need to drive again before you arrive in Black Rock City. Law enforcement patrols Gate Road and they enforce the same traffic laws as they do on the paved streets.

Ok, You Made it to the Gate…Now What?

The speed limit on Gate Road is 10 MPH. Speeding causes traffic stops, citations, deep ruts in the playa, and dust, which is a safety hazard. Tune in to BMIR at 94.5 FM for wait times and event info.

Tickets are not sold at the Gate. If you are at the Gate without a ticket and you do not have a Will Call ticket held for you at the Box Office, you will be told to leave or risk citation from the BLM. If you don’t have a ticket, do not show up at the event or in Gerlach looking for tickets.

All vehicles, except motorcycles, require a vehicle pass. These need to be purchased and displayed in your windshield ahead of time. Go to the Ticketing website for more information. 

Stay in your vehicle. If you need to go to the Box Office to pick up a Will Call ticket, your entire vehicle will be directed accordingly and must go with you. All lanes will get you access to the Will Call parking lot for Box Office where you can retrieve your ticket. 

For everyone’s safety, please do not drive faster than 5 MPH while inside the Main Gate areas.

You and everyone in your vehicle may be denied entry if you bring any of the following:

  • Stowaways
  • Explosives, aerial flares, rockets and fireworks
  • Firearms of any kind including BB guns, air rifles and paintball guns
  • Hand-held lasers (all other lasers must be registered)
  • Items that cause MOOP — wood chips, loose feathers, tubs of confetti, etc.
  • Anything that will break up and/or blow away in the wind
  • Unregistered Mutant Vehicles
  • Plants, living or dead
  • ATVs and scooters
  • Motorcycles that are not a participant’s transportation to BRC
  • Animals

Please be patient with Gate staff, they are Burners like you. If the weather gets bad, we may have to close the Gate. Be prepared with at least 12 hours of food, water, patience, and hygienic supplies.

After Gate, the lovely Greeters will be thrilled to welcome you to BRC, give you a printed city map, and other information you may need.

Complete arrival information can be found here. Want to learn everything about the Gate in a concise, entertaining, shareable format? Watch this video. Still have questions? Check out the FAQ.

In & Out Fee

Traffic in and out of BRC is strongly discouraged. It has impacts to traffic, as well as our sustainability goals and the playa itself. (It also adds to Gate wait time!) Practice being radically self-reliant by bringing everything you need for the entirety of your time in the desert. Participants who leave and return are required to pay a $20 fee (per person).