News & Media

Over the years, much has been written about this area, including research and human experiences. Those articles will continue to be added as they are sourced, creating a virtual database on one location for the Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trail National Conservation Area.

Feature Stories:

  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour 2018 We are excited to be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour in Reno again this year. This year, we are a participating Artown event at the Whitney Peak Hotel (3rd floor) on Saturday, July 28th from 7-10pm. Tickets are $10 for adults & $8 for students.
  • 4th of July with Friends 2018 Come hang out with Friends on the Black Rock Desert playa 4th of July Weekend for a beautiful, informative, and all-around good time this Independence Day. This is a Leave No Trace camp out event. When: July 6th-July 8th (We will be setting up camp Friday, July 6th, around noon.) Where: Black Rock ...
  • Fly Geyser Update We are pleased to be offering Fly Ranch nature walks to the public on behalf of Burning Man. Keep reading for more details.
  • Volunteer! As a Friends of Black Rock/High Rock volunteer you are an integral part of the future of the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon NCA!
  • Membership Join or renew your membership to Friends, and help protect and preserve the unique landscape that is the Black Rock Desert NCA.
  • Beyond the fence…and why it’s important. The Black Rock Desert is home to more than just Burning Man. Find out how you can get involved throughout the year.


Other News:

  • Nevada Outdoor Experience 2018 Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock at this free family event designed to excite and inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists. What:  Nevada Outdoor Experience 2018 When:  Saturday, June 16th, 9AM-1PM Where:  Capital City Gun Club in Carson City, 3590 Arrowhead Drive Organized by the Wild Sheep Foundation and ...
  • Weather could impact Black Rock Rendezvous BLM press release and Friends editorial disclaimer in regards to Black Rock Rendezvous weather and event. Please be safe and check weather and road conditions before you decide to attend this weekend.
  • Black Rock-High Rock NCA Schedules Road Maintenance WINNEMUCCA DISTRICT OFFICE, NV, 2018 CONTACT: Mark Hall, mehall@blm.gov, 775-623-1529 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – Beginning May 13, 2018, the Winnemucca District Bureau of Land Management, with assistance from the Vale District Bureau of Land Management, will be doing road maintenance in and around the Black Rock-High Rock National Conservation Area.  Crews will initially be focusing on the ...
  • Bureau of Land Management names Ester McCullough as Winnemucca District Manager RENO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management has selected Ester McCullough as the new District Manager for the Winnemucca District. She begins this assignment today and replaces Robbie McAboy, who has being acting District Manager since December 18, 2017. McAboy will return to her duties managing the BLM Southern Nevada ...
  • Leave No Trace Trainer Course w/NOS Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock and Nevada Outdoor School in the Black Rock Desert for a fun, beautiful, and informative weekend learning about and practicing Leave No Trace ethics. When: Saturday, June 9th – Sunday, June 10th (Course will begin at 9:00AM at the Friends of Black Rock / ...
  • High Rock Canyon Closure Notice WINNEMUCCA DISTRICT OFFICE, NV CONTACT: K. C. Shedden, kshedden@blm.gov, 775-623-1500 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, will implement a seasonal road closure February 1 to May 12 on the High Rock Canyon Road. The closure will only apply to vehicle use. This closure, which has gone into effect each year ...
  • BLM Announces Upcoming Public Outreach Meetings for Burning Man Special Recreation Permit WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District Office, in conjunction with Burning Man, will be hosting a series of public outreach meetings with the goal of soliciting early public input regarding the proposed renewal of the Burning Man Special Recreation Permit for 2019-2028. Preliminary issues identified during ...
  • BLM Woodcutting permits Available on Winnemucca District News Release WINNEMUCCA DISTRICT OFFICE, NV. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2017 CONTACT: Dwayne Coleman, (775) 623-1500, decoleman@blm.gov BLM Woodcutting permits Available on Winnemucca District WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District has woodcutting permits available for purchase at the Winnemucca District Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd. during regular business hours, 7:30 ...
  • BLM Rescinds Fire Prevention Order News Release Nevada For Release: October 25, 2017 Contact: Vanessa Marquez, 775-861-6518 BLM Rescinds Fire Prevention Order RENO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management has rescinded the fire prevention order that was issued June 30. The order restricted the discharge and use of fireworks and certain types of ammunition during recreational shooting. This follows the lifting of ...
  • Fire Restrictions Lifted in Northern Nevada News Release WINNEMUCCA DISTRICT OFFICE. 2017 FOR RELEASE: Sept. 29, 2017 CONTACT: Bradley Milam, Fire Prevention Specialist at (775) 623-1764, bmilam@blm.gov or Erica Hupp, Public Affairs Officer at (775) 355-5311, ehupp@fs.fed.us  Fire Restrictions Lifted this weekend in Northern Nevada Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management Battle Mountain District Office, Winnemucca ...
  • Each One, Teach One: Your First Trip to Black Rock Country We’ve compiled a handy list of tips for first-time burners. And, it’s full of great reminders for seasoned veterans.
  • Happy Hour with Friends & Earth Guardians Join Friends and Earth Guardians for Happy Hour Thursday, August 31st, during the Burning Man festival for a fun, laid-back evening and find out what we do, not just during Burning Man, but the rest of the year as well. Where: Earth Guardian Camp, 5:30 & Esplanade Going to Burning Man this ...

Advocacy:
  • Call to Action for Nevada’s Sage-grouse. The sage-grouse was petitioned for protection under the Endangered Species Act and is on course to make a listing decision by fall of 2015. Become informed and make a difference!
  • Public Lands: Protect vs. Drill New Poll: Voters Favor Protecting Public Lands Over Drilling Them Posted: 17 Jun 2013 01:38 PM PDT A poll released today by the Center for American Progress shows strong evidence that Americans believe energy development and land conservation are out of balance. It also demonstrates that there is a wide gap between ...

Archives
  • Leave No Trace Trainer Course w/NOS Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock and Nevada Outdoor School in the Black Rock Desert for a fun, beautiful, and informative weekend learning about and practicing Leave No Trace ethics. When: Saturday, June 9th – Sunday, June 10th (Course will begin at 9:00AM at the Friends of Black Rock / ...
  • Guru Road Restoration 2018 Join Friends of Black Rock-High Rock as we work together to restore several exhibitions and sections of Guru Road that have deteriorated. When:  Saturday, April 14 at 1 PM – 5 PM Where:  South End of Guru Road* *While we are fine with participants meeting us on site, we will convene at Friends ...
  • AmeriCorps Position Available We’re hiring a seasonal AmeriCorps position here at Friends. This part-time position will work with us on education, stewardship, and interpretive projects in the Black Rock Desert Fridays – Sundays. If you love the outdoors and want to make a difference, this may be the position for you!
  • BLM Announces Upcoming Public Outreach Meetings for Burning Man Special Recreation Permit WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District Office, in conjunction with Burning Man, will be hosting a series of public outreach meetings with the goal of soliciting early public input regarding the proposed renewal of the Burning Man Special Recreation Permit for 2019-2028. Preliminary issues identified during ...
  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival with Friends 2017 Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock for a fun-filled evening with food and drink, watching amazing and inspiring films about nature in the beautiful Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater on Friday, September 22nd.
  • Happy Hour with Friends & Earth Guardians Join Friends and Earth Guardians for Happy Hour Thursday, August 31st, during the Burning Man festival for a fun, laid-back evening and find out what we do, not just during Burning Man, but the rest of the year as well. Where: Earth Guardian Camp, 5:30 & Esplanade Going to Burning Man this ...
  • Nevada State Fair 2017 Join Friends as the Nevada State Fair returns to Carson City, Nevada’s great capital, for four days of fun, entertainment, carnival rides, culture, music and so much more. When:   June 8th-11th Where:  Mills Park, 1111 E William St, Carson City, NV FBR-HR will be doing outdoor ethics outreach and education about our ...
  • Gerlach Health Fair 2017 Join Friends at the Gerlach Community Center on Cottonwood St. Friday, June 16th for the Gerlach Health Fair. When: June 16th, 11am-3pm Where: Gerlach Community Center The Gerlach Rural Health Fair is a free, all-ages event with Northern Nevada HOPES and Washoe County Senior Services bringing medical resources to rural Nevada.   The fair will feature ...
  • Nevada Outdoor Experience 2017 Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock at this free family event designed to excite and inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists. What:  Nevada Outdoor Experience 2017 When:  Saturday, June 17th, 9AM-1PM Where:  Capital City Gun Club in Carson City, 3590 Arrowhead Drive Organized by the Wild Sheep Foundation and ...
  • Highway 447 Cleanup & BBQ 2017 Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock as we work to clean up and beautify a portion of Highway 447, removing litter and various other debris from the roadway. When: June 24th @ 10AM – 2PM Where: Highway 447   We will meet at FBR-HR headquarters at 10AM then carpool to work site. We ...
  • 4th of July on the Playa 2017 Join Friends out on the Black Rock Desert playa for a beautiful, informative, and all-around good time this Independence Day. This is a Leave No Trace camp out event.   When: June 30th-July 2nd (We will be setting up camp Friday, June 30th, around noon.) Where: We plan on camping at GPS coordinates: 40°49’33.3″N 119°12’45.0″W. ...
  • National Trails Day 2017 Join Friends of Black Rock / High Rock and the Friends of Nevada Wilderness at Stevens Camp to celebrate National Trails Day (again). This event was rescheduled due to water in the Upper High Rock Canyon trail.