Fly Ranch Nature Walks
Fly Ranch has reopened with small group Nature Walks for Fall of 2020.
Reserve your spot through Ticket Leap to explore scenic Fly Ranch on a guided Nature Walk. Covid -19 precautions will be followed. Face masks will be required throughout the walk.
Take time to experience Fly Ranch in small groups, maintaining a physical distance while making a connection with the desert and geothermic landscape of Northwestern Nevada. Walk slowly, take in the scenery, follow your interests on paths around Fly Ranch.
Nature Walks will last about two hours. Participants will walk accompanied by knowledgeable docents to learn more about the flora, fauna, and natural resources on the Fly Ranch property, along with some of the history of Fly Ranch and surrounding areas.
About the Walks: Friends of Black Rock-High Rock docent accompany visitors in small groups, exploring Fly Ranch for approximately 2.5 – 3 hours. These walks around a portion of the stunning 3,800-acre property give participants an immersive experience in this dynamic environment. 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 during tours. Details for where to meet will be in your confirmation email.
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 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. Due to Covid-19 the Friends of Black Rock-High Rock Visitor Center remains closed to the public at this time. The Empire Store has reopened to the public.
Lodging: You can spend the night at the motel in Gerlach, find an Airbnb in the area, 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.
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. Masks are required on the property at all times, and social distancing guidelines apply. We will review upon arrival. 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.