Fly Ranch Walks have ended for 2019, but our 2020 calendar will be available soon! Please check back soon!
Groups meet at the Friends of Black Rock-High Rock's Visitor Center Store at 320 Main Street before carpooling to Fly Ranch.
Friends of Black Rock-High Rock is excited to offer 3-hour guided nature walks of Fly Ranch in partnership with Burning Man Project. Our walks explore a portion of the stunning 3,800 acre property and give participants an immersive experience with the vast and dynamic environment recently acquired by Burning Man Project. Participants will interact with knowledgeable tour guides to learn more about the flora, fauna, and natural resources on the Fly Ranch property and surrounding areas.
Included in the 1.5 mile walk is the stunning Fly Geyser, a unique and iconic geothermal geyser that constantly sprays water reaching five feet in the air, depositing minerals, and enabling the growth of multi-colored algae on its surrounding natural terraces. For more information about the property and Burning Man’s Fly Ranch Project, visit: https://flyranch.burningman.org.
We increasingly spend time in front of screens and on our phones. Some communities are putting down their phones, and we’re testing that out. Let’s enjoy the property without distractions. Let’s connect with the land, explore, and be in the moment with one another. Let’s experience the land in real time together. For our walks, we ask you to keep your cameras and phones in your backpack or pocket when you come onto the property until free time at the end of the walk when we're closest to the Fly Geyser. We support photography and telling stories through pictures, so in the future, we’ll have trips specifically for photographing the land.
These walking visits will occur rain or shine. Please wear pants and closed-toes shoes during the walks. For insurance and liability reasons, we are not able to accommodate soaking in the pools at this time.
In Gerlach, there is a Gas Station, Motel, Bruno's Country Club (restaurant and bar), the Miner's Club (cafe and bar), and Joe's Gerlach Club. You can either spend the night at the motel in Gerlach, camp out on neighboring public land in the area, or stay overnight in Reno or Fernley. Empire Store is 6 miles to the South of Gerlach, and has some convenience store amenities and camping supplies. The Friends of Black Rock-High Rock Visitor Center also has some drinks, snacks, emergency supplies, and educational material for sale.
Tickets for this experience are donation-based. The ticket amount will be charged to your credit card to reserve your place on these limited capacity trips. After the visit, you may request a refund of all or part of your donation in the form of a check (excluding ticket fees). If you do not attend, the full amount will be considered a donation and will not be refunded.
Because of the limited size of the group, we ask that all children be signed up. There are 5 free children spaces on each walk for children 12 and under.
Both Burning Man Project and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock are nonprofit organizations. Your donations enable us to continue to offer walking visits and help fulfill our nonprofit missions.
Groups will meet at the time indicated on your ticket at the Friends of Black Rock-High Rock's Visitor Center Store at 320 Main Street before carpooling to Fly Ranch. Please arrive ten minutes before your Nature Walk to allow time for the sign in process. For more directions, visit the "Get There" tab.
We accomodate for mobility! Contact us a [email protected] or 775-557-2900 for more information.