While the event ends 6 pm Monday, September 2, Exodus continues through noon Tuesday, September 3. Sunday and Monday are when most people leave, so if the line of cars in Exodus is long, and your schedule allows, use the extra time to rest for the drive, secure your vehicle loads, or MOOP your campsite.
In past years, Exodus wait times peaked at about six to nine hours just to get from camp to County Road 34. Plan for another three hours or more to get to Reno. Accidents or other traffic issues can make the trip even longer, so it’s important to plan accordingly. Make sure you have water, snacks, and the things you need to take care of yourself accessible in your vehicle until you get to Reno.
Above all, keep that playa vibe with you! No sense getting road rage, cutting in front of fellow participants or trying to dangerously pass cars on the highway in order to save a few minutes. Take your time, have fun, and remember: Leaving No Trace and community spirit do not stop once you leave Black Rock City.
Tips for making the bestodus of your Exodus:
- How do you pick the best time to leave? Listen to the community. If everyone you talk to says they’re staying to watch the Temple burn on Sunday night, then Monday is going to have very long wait times. If there is a major storm predicted for the weekend (as was the case in 2010), a bunch of people will probably leave on Friday and Saturday.
- If you are looking for a shorter wait time, your best bet is to leave on days other than Sunday and Monday. If you are part of a theme camp or art project, schedule your tear down so that your crew leaves after Monday.
- Listen to 95.1 FM (Gate Advisory Radio Station, GARS) for specific info about Exodus when you are headed out. GARS and BMIR at 94.5 FM will broadcast current wait times.
- Upon leaving your camp, head straight to L Street at the back of the city. This is the most direct route to Gate Road and helps to prevent the city center from getting too clogged up
- Use all available lanes on Gate Road until you hit the back-up. If you see eight lanes, but see only six lines of cars and two lanes completely open, use them. ALL lanes on Gate Road during Exodus are outbound lanes, always, always, always.
- If the vehicle in front of you is stopped, and traffic in front of it has moved on in a Pulse, go around the stopped vehicle. Do not change lanes! All Gate Road lanes are 20 feet wide for this reason.
- Lost your passenger or your vehicle during Exodus? There is a passenger and vehicle reunion lot near the base of the gravel (8 mile playa access near County Road 34) to help drivers and riders reconnect.
- Hitchhiking out of BRC? Stay at the Greeters area to find a ride. This is the safest location and the best place for drivers to see you.
- Any vehicles found to be outside the perimeter of BRC or Gate Road are in violation of the event Closure Order. Closure Order violations are ticketed by the BLM. They really are out there watching, and you will be ticketed. Then you will be returned to the back of the Exodus line. That doesn’t sound like fun, does it?
Here is the full list of frequently asked questions about Exodus.
Pulsing: Exodus Peak Times
Pulsing is a process 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.
We may implement Pulsing at any time from 12:01 am Sunday morning until 11:59 pm Monday, or until it’s no longer needed. Make the most out of your Exodus experience! Pulsing is the perfect time to create One-Hour Neighborhoods (see a participant’s explanation of this idea) and ensure your fellow Burners have properly secured their loads. Pack water, snacks, instruments and anything else to make the wait more fun. Have a one-hour dance party and meet your neighbors in line.
Potties are available on the sides of Gate Road. Listen to BMIR 94.5 FM for Exodus and Pulsing info.
Want more info on how Pulsing works? Check it out here.