Fly Ranch Nature Walks

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Yes, you can be a part of our trained volunteer team of Fly Docents! You will be eligible for exclusive perks when you serve as a Nature Walk lead or assistant: Click Here to fill out a Volunteer Questionnaire, or contact volunteer@blackrockdesert.org to find out more.

MORNING NATURE WALKS:

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2022 MORNING NATURE WALKS

Reserve your spot through Ticket Leap to explore scenic Fly Ranch on a guided Nature Walk. Walks are held in accordance to state-level Covid-19 guidelines. Updates or changes that may affect your walk will be included in emailed instructions after ticket purchase.

Take time to experience Fly Ranch maintaining a physical distance while making a connection with the desert and geothermic landscape of Northwestern Nevada.

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.

About the Walks: Nature Walks traverse through two distinct and separate areas of the 3,800-acre Fly Ranch, totaling roughly two miles. Participants will be accompanied by knowledgeable docents to learn more about the flora, fauna, and natural resources as well as history of the greater Black Rock Desert area.

Participants enjoy an immersive experience in a dynamic environment. 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, devices, recorders 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. Docents will direct you through Fly Ranch, and at the conclusion of the Nature Walk, there will be an opportunity for pictures between the horseshoe gate and boardwalk.

Nature Walks start at the main Ranch gate of Fly Ranch (not the Geyser Gate), near Gerlach, Nevada. The area will be marked with a sign and/or volunteers waiting to greet you at the gate during tours. Details for where to meet will be in your confirmation email. Please do not use Google or regular search engine maps – they WILL direct you to the wrong location, and we will watch you pass by with sadness in our hearts.

Area Amenities: Support local businesses! 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.

Friends of Black Rock-High Rock is a small but mighty staff, in order to serve you as much as possible our Visitors Center is open mainly during weekend hours, except for major holidays and event weekends – please call us with your questions: 775.557.2900. The Empire Store is approximately 6.5 miles outside of Gerlach, NV, and has reopened to the public; there is a small gas station next door.

Lodging: You can spend the night at Bruno’s motel in Gerlach, find an Airbnb in the area or camp out on neighboring public lands. Learn more about Gateway Communities.

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.

PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

Both the Fly Ranch Project and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Your donations help us continue to offer Nature Walks and fulfill our nonprofit missions.

Getting There: Please arrive at the gate thirty minutes prior to your start time to allow time for the sign-in process. It’s about a 30-minute drive from Gerlach, so plan accordingly to arrive for check-in before your scheduled walk. Specific directions will be sent in your email confirmation.

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

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.