If you arrive in the hours before 12:01 am Sunday, August 25, please DO NOT wait on the side of the road along Hwy 447, CR 34 or in Gerlach or Empire. Your best option is to proceed down Gate Road and park 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).

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 remember that you will need to drive again before you arrive in Black Rock City, and that law enforcement patrols Gate Road.

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 Gate Advisory Radio Station 95.1 FM for Gate updates (BMIR at 94.5 FM for event info).

Tickets will not be sold at the Gate. If you are at the Gate without a ticket and you do not have one held for you at Will Call 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 info.

Stay in your vehicle. If you need to go to the Box Office to pick up a Will Call ticket, your entire vehicle must go with you. Don’t risk losing your friends (yes, it happens).

All lanes have access to the Will Call parking lot for Box Office. About 1/4 mile before you reach the Gate, you will come to a set of small kiosks. There will be Gate staff here to direct you to the Will Call lot if you or someone in your vehicle needs to pick up a Will Call ticket at the Box Office. Return to your vehicle and proceed to the Main Gate.

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

Upon reaching the Gate, your vehicle will be searched for stowaways and prohibited items. You may be denied entry if you bring any of the following:

  • 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

Your vehicle pass will be scanned and passenger tickets will be scanned and torn. Please be patient. Chances are good many other Burners will show up when you do, and with a two-lane rural highway leading to a single entry point, expect to wait. If the weather gets bad, we may have to close the Gate. Be prepared with food, water and hygienic supplies.

After Gate, the Greeters will welcome you and give you your printed city map and other information.

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

Casual traffic in and out of BRC is strongly discouraged. Participants who leave and return are required to pay a $20 per person fee.