Fly Ranch Nature Walks

UPDATE (9/15/2021):
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Fly Ranch is open with Nature Walks through October 2021.

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Our season is coming to a close for the Winter! October 23rd & 24th are our last walks until we plan our Spring 2022 schedule. Like Friends of Black Rock High Rock on Facebook and sign up for our e-newsletter for updates!

Reserve your spot through Ticket Leap to explore scenic Fly Ranch on a guided Nature Walk. Walks are held in accordance to local Covid-19 guidelines. Those who have been fully vaccinated have the option to not wear a mask. Those who have not been fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask.

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

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.

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.

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 Visitors Center is only open on nature walk weekends from 9:30am – 4pm. The Empire Store has reopened to the public.

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.


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. Specific directions will be sent in your email confirmation. Those who are fully vaccinated have the option to not wear a mask. Those who have not been fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask. We will review upon arrival.

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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.