The Black Rock Desert and surrounding area is a second home to many of us — and maybe you are thinking about visiting the playa this summer. To ensure your plans unfold as smoothly as possible and that our community’s good standing with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and neighboring communities is maintained, please read this section carefully. It’s chock-full of tips for safely and responsibly visiting the playa, should you choose to do so.
Without the usual infrastructure of Black Rock City, you and your group are wholly responsible for your experience, your safety, and your impact. Now would be a good time to break out your old Survival Guides or peruse the last one we published online.
For more information about responsible travel to and on the playa, including details about the letter BLM sent to individuals and groups who applied for Special Recreation Permits this year for activities on the Black Rock Desert from July 1 through October 31, 2021, see the three-post series So, You Want to Visit the Playa This Summer on the Burning Man Journal below. It isn’t yet clear whether BLM is going to publish in the Federal Register any regulations that would make the letter’s temporary restrictions enforceable (a required step). Stay tuned for more information on this topic. For now, just know that BLM’s letter may impact you if temporary regulations are issued.
- “So, You Want to Visit the Playa This Summer… Part 1”
- “So, You Want to Visit the Playa This Summer… Part 2: Updates from BLM”
- “So, You Want to Visit the Playa This Summer… Part 3: Responsible Recreation, Leaving No Trace, and Your Safety”
Read on for ways to Responsibly Recreate & Visit Local Northern Nevada Communities, read Updates From the BLM, and How to Stay Safe on the Playa.