News & Media


Over the years, much has been written about this area, including research and human experiences. Those articles will continue to be added as they are sourced, creating a virtual database on one location for the Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trail National Conservation Area.

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Other News:

  • National Public Lands Day in the Black Rock Desert
    Call for volunteers on National Public Lands Day 9/26/2020 in support of site stewardship in the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails NCA.
  • Fly Geyser Nature Walks
    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 appreciate your support!
    WINNEMUCCA, NV – In recent days, numerous people have flown and driven to the Black Rock playa to see the 747 art car following the route used to move the 747 onto private land after the 2018 Burning Man event. “The public should be aware that the plane is sitting on private ...
  • Black Rock Rendezvous 2019
    Camping Location: Playa. Coordinates TBD Join Friends of Black Rock-High Rock, Nevada Outdoor School, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and the Bureau of Land Management in the Black Rock Desert for a weekend of camping, restoration, exploration, celebration, and education! This is a Leave No Trace Camping Event. Come prepared. Bring all of your own ...
  • Highway 447 Cleanup
    Highway 447 Cleanup is on May 5th. Meet at the Friends office @ 9:00am to help restore the highway. We’ve got pickers and bags.
  • Updates from the Black Rock January 2019
    Updates from the Black Rock: Welcome new Executive Director; new shop hours; Artist in Residence 2018 showings, new summer programs, and volunteer needs.
  • BLM Fire Wood Permits
    BLM firewood permits available at multiple locations CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District is continuing to sell firewood cutting permits at multiple locations. Pinyon Pine and Utah Juniper permits are $10 a cord. Only dead trees – standing or down may be cut. Permits are valid ...
  • Duck Hill and Chimney 2 wildfires both started by target shooting
    CARSON CITY, Nev. – Yesterday, Bureau of Land Management Fire Investigators determined the causes of both the Duck Hill and Chimney 2 wildfires was target shooting. The Duck Hill fire started at approximately 11:40 a.m., at Duck Hill in Washoe Valley and the Chimney 2 fire started at approximately 12:40 p.m., ...
  • Fire Restrictions August 1, 2018
    BLM Winnemucca District and USFS Santa Rosa Ranger District go into fire restrictions Effective Aug. 1 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 12:01 a.m. and last until further notice on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District ...
  • Black Rock Station Opens July 12
    GERLACH, Nev. — The Black Rock Visitor’s Contact Center, located at 200 Transfer Road Gerlach, NV, will be opening for the 2018 season Thursday, July 12. The center weekly operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.  It will be closed Sunday through Wednesday each week. At the Black Rock Station, BLM personnel offer ...
  • Burning Man EIS – Permit Renewal
    WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management is asking for public comment on the proposed activities related to a 10-year Special Recreation Permit (SRP) for the Burning Man Event. The BLM Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the ...
  • Nevada Outdoor Experience 2018
    Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock at this free family event designed to excite and inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists. What:  Nevada Outdoor Experience 2018 When:  Saturday, June 16th, 9AM-1PM Where:  Capital City Gun Club in Carson City, 3590 Arrowhead Drive Organized by the Wild Sheep Foundation and ...

  • Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act
    Read more about how this bill affects the landscape of Washoe County and the Black Rock Desert.
  • Public Comments Burning Man Permits
    Burning Man’s BLM Special Recreation Permit is up for the 10 year renewal. The BLM is accepting public comments about the draft environmental impact statement and specifically plans regarding Black Rock City’s population.
  • Public Comment Period: Purdue Orbital Launch and Loon LLC EAS
    open public comment period for a rocket launch and balloon retrieval to be completed by Purdue University students and Loon LLC. Comments are due by March 25.
  • Call to Action for Nevada’s Sage-grouse.
    The sage-grouse was petitioned for protection under the Endangered Species Act and is on course to make a listing decision by fall of 2015. Become informed and make a difference!
  • Public Lands: Protect vs. Drill
    New Poll: Voters Favor Protecting Public Lands Over Drilling Them Posted: 17 Jun 2013 01:38 PM PDT A poll released today by the Center for American Progress shows strong evidence that Americans believe energy development and land conservation are out of balance. It also demonstrates that there is a wide gap between ...

  • FBRHR Site Stewardship
    #GivingTuesdayNow Donating to Friends of Black Rock High Rock invests in the future of this National Conservation Area, you are actively protecting a national treasure.
  • 2020 Work Opportunities
    Live and work in the Black Rock Desert. Earn a monthly stipend and education award through the Americorps program.
  • Call for Artists – AiR 2020
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Artist in Residence program.
  • Winnemucca 2019 AiR Reception – 2/8/20
    Join us at the Humboldt County Library on Feb. 8, for the Winnemucca AiR Reception!
  • Gerlach Artist in Residence Reception 2019
    Join us at our Visitor Center on Dec 14 from 1pm-4pm for our Gerlach AiR Reception!
  • Wild and Scenic – On Tour in Reno 2020
    Time to Get Wild, Reno! Friends of Black Rock-High Rock is hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour in 2020! Saturday, January 25, 2020 7-10 pmWhitney Peak Hotel, downtown RenoDoors open at 6 pm with no-host bar, Burning Man ticket raffle, silent auction and more. TICKETS: $20; Students, Seniors (55+), ...
  • Artist in Residence 2019 Reno Reception
    Friends of Black Rock-High High and the Bureau of Land Management Nevada are hosting the Reno Reception of Jack Hulbert and Mary Kenny’s pieces from their 2019 Artist-in-Residence. Join us at the McKinley Arts Center, Nov. 7.
  • Fly Ranch Campout – Fierce Fairytales and Folksy Science
    October 18-20. Friends of Black Rock-High Rock is hosting a fun Campout at Fly Ranch in partnership with Burning Man Project where we’ll interact with presenters on the geology of the area and hot springs, enjoy Dutch Oven Desserts, and join the Baba Yaga crew to winterize the Hut as ...
  • BLM, BIA, NDF, and USFWS lifting Western Nevada Fire Restrictions on Friday, September 20
    The Bureau of Land Management Carson City District Office, Fish & Wildlife Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, and Bureau of Indian Affairs announce the lifting of fire restrictions that have been in place since July 13, 2019. Restrictions will expire at 12:01 a.m., Friday morning, September 20, 2019.
  • BLM and USFWS announce the availability of the FEIS for the proposed Hycroft Mine Phase II Expansion Project
    Expansion would increase employment at the mine from the current 28 workers to 515 workers and would extend mine life an additional 15 years through 2039 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have prepared a joint Final Environmental Impact Statement ...
  • National Public Lands Day 2019
    Join us as we partner with Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Nevada Outdoor School, and the BLM – Nevada for a fun weekend of camping and volunteering at Soldier Meadows Cabin, Sept. 27th – Sept. 29th.
  • Perseids Meteor Shower Camp Out
    Every year, Friends of Black Rock High Rock hosts a spectacular Dark Skies weekend closest to the peak, and invites you to come out and enjoy the nighttime skies with us.