Fly Geyser

Fly Geyser Nature Walks

UPDATE (03-23-2020):
2020 dates posted here.
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As a precaution in respect of public health and safety, Fly Ranch is responding to COVID-19 by closing the Ranch and postponing Nature Walks until a later date. We sincerely hope you’ll be able to join us for a Docent led Nature Walk in the near future.

Open access to Fly Geyser is not available. PLEASE DO NOT TRESPASS. Fly Geyser is still on private property. Guardians remain on the property year-round.

About the Walks: Friends of Black Rock-High Rock offers 3-hour guided nature walks of Fly Ranch in partnership with Burning Man Project. These walks explore a portion of the stunning 3,800 acre property and give participants an immersive experience with the vast and dynamic environment. Walks start at the Friends of Black Rock High Rock Visitor’s Center, 320 Main St., Gerlach, NV 89412.

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.

There are three Geysers on the property including the stunning Fly Geyser, a unique and iconic geothermal geyser that constantly sprays, depositing minerals, and enabling the growth of multi-colored algae on its surrounding natural terraces.

During the walks, we ask you to keep your cameras and phones tucked away. This is because we increasingly spend time in front of screens and on our phones. Let’s enjoy the land without distractions and be in the moment with one another. At the end of walks we’ll have about 30 minutes for you to snap pictures at the geysers. We support photography and telling stories through pictures and in the future we’ll offer trips specifically for photographing the land.

Nature Walks occur rain or shine. 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.

Area Amenities: In Gerlach, there is a gas station, Bruno’s Motel, Bruno’s Country Club (restaurant and bar), the Miner’s Club (cafe and bar), and Joe’s Gerlach Club. 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.

Lodging: You can spend the night at the motel in Gerlach, find an Airbnb, camp out on neighboring public land in the area, or stay overnight in Fernley or Reno. (The closest hotels are at least 1.5 hours away).

Reservations: 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.

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If you are interested in volunteering with this project, Click Here to fill out a Volunteer Questionnaire, or contact volunteer@blackrockdesert.org.

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For more information about the property and Burning Man’s Fly Ranch Project, visit: https://flyranch.burningman.org.