UPDATE: The Fly Ranch property, on which Fly Geyser resides, was purchased by Burning Man Project in 2016. For more details about the property, visit flyranch.burningman.org.
Friends of Black Rock-High Rock DOES NOT have open access to Fly Geyser, but we will be offering guided nature walks for the 2020 season.
PLEASE DO NOT TRESPASS. Fly Geyser is still on private property.
Friends of Black Rock-High Rock is excited to offer 3-hour guided nature walks of Fly Ranch in partnership with Burning Man Project. Our walks explore a portion of the stunning 3,800 acre property and give participants an immersive experience with the vast and dynamic environment recently acquired by Burning Man Project. Participants will interact with knowledgeable tour guides to learn more about the flora, fauna, and natural resources on the Fly Ranch property and surrounding areas.
Included in the walk is the stunning Fly Geyser, a unique and iconic geothermal geyser that constantly sprays water reaching five feet in the air, depositing minerals, and enabling the growth of multi-colored algae on its surrounding natural terraces.
What makes this visit unique: We increasingly spend time in front of screens and on our phones. Some communities are putting down their phones, and we’re testing that out. Let’s enjoy the property without distractions. Let’s connect with the land, explore, and be in the moment with one another. Let’s experience the land in real time together. For our walks, we’ll give you a small sleeping bag for your phone. Please put your phone in the bag when you come onto the property and leave cameras and tripods in the vehicles. At the end of walks and experiences we’ll have time for you to retrieve your cameras and snap pictures. We support photography and telling stories through pictures, so in the future, we’ll have trips specifically for photographing the land.
These walking visits will occur rain or shine. The ground surface can be damp, grassy and uneven. Wear long pants and sturdy closed-toes shoes during the walks. For insurance and liability reasons, we are not able to accommodate soaking in the pools at this time.
In Gerlach, there is a Gas Station, Motel, Bruno’s Country Club (restaurant and bar), the Miner’s Club (cafe and bar), and Joe’s Gerlach Club. You can either spend the night at the motel in Gerlach, find an Airbnb, camp out on neighboring public land in the area, or stay overnight in Reno.
Empire Store is 6 miles to the South of Gerlach, and has some convenience store amenities and camping supplies. The Friends of Black Rock-High Rock Visitor Center also has some drinks, snacks, emergency supplies, and educational material for sale.
Tickets for this experience are donation-based. A deposit will be charged to your credit card to reserve your place on these limited capacity trips. After the visit, you have the option of donating all or a portion of your deposit in support of Fly Ranch, or receiving a full refund of your deposit. If you do not attend, the full amount will be considered a donation and will not be refunded.
Both Burning Man Project and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock are nonprofit organizations. Your donations enable us to continue to offer walking visits and help fulfill our nonprofit missions.
Groups will meet at the time indicated on your ticket at the Friends of Black Rock-High Rock’s Visitor Center Store at 320 Main Street before carpooling to Fly Ranch. Please arrive fifteen minutes before your Nature Walk to allow time for the sign in process. For more directions, visit the “Get There” tab.