News & Media

  • NEWSLETTER

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.

Feature Stories:

  • Big Medicine: Black Rock Desert is a love letter to the desert.
    Watch this stunning short film by Jon Felix to learn why we need you now more than ever! Big Medicine: Black Rock Desert. A film by Jon Felix. Donate in support of the Black Rock Desert today. From climate change, coronavirus, policy changes, to the long-overdue reckoning on environmental and social justice, our ...
  • Giving Tuesday – Friends of Black Rock-High Rock
    Help us to make 2022 an even better year for conservation and stewardship in Black Rock Desert/NCA, Donate today!
  • Artist In Residence 2021 Gallery Events
    Work is currently on display at Mckinley Arts Center in Reno, NV until November 24th. 2nd installation will be at the Humboldt Museum in Winnemucca, NV December 4th!
  • Black Rock NCA: The Place Itself
    A new Facebook for you to post your stories & memories in celebration of the NCA’s 20th birthday! Visit, like, and post your experiences by following the link.


Other News:

  • Giving Tuesday: Show your support today!
    Today is Giving Tuesday: There is still time to donate! Thank you to all of our supporters who are currently helping us reach our donation goals!
  • UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS IN THE NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA
    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 ...
  • Black Rock-High Rock NCA Schedules Road Maintenance
    WINNEMUCCA DISTRICT OFFICE, NV, 2018 CONTACT: Mark Hall, mehall@blm.gov, 775-623-1529 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – Beginning May 13, 2018, the Winnemucca District Bureau of Land Management, with assistance from the Vale District Bureau of Land Management, will be doing road maintenance in and around the Black Rock-High Rock National Conservation Area.  Crews will initially be focusing on the ...

Advocacy:
  • 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 ...

Archives
  • 2021 Soldier Meadows Cleanup & Campout
    Join us July 23-25, 2021 for a cleanup in partnership with BLM at Soldier Meadows Hot Springs!
  • 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.
  • Volunteer with the FBRHR Field Team
    The FBRHR Field Team program supports keeping public lands open to responsible public use. Today and in the future we work to conserve the NCA’s historic trails, natural habitats, dark skies, and open view sheds for the public to enjoy.
  • 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.