Inaugural Fly Ranch Camp Out 2019

By Friends of Black Rock High Rock (other events)

Sat, Jul 6 2019 2:00 PM Sun, Jul 7 2019 11:00 AM

Groups meet at the Friends of Black Rock-High Rock's Visitor Center Store at 320 Main Street before carpooling to Fly Ranch in their own vehicle or with another participant. RVs are welcome, but it is dry camping.

Friends of Black Rock-High Rock is testing out an Overnight Campout at Fly Ranch in partnership with Burning Man Project. This campout is going to be a little rough around the edges as we figure out some details on how the camps will work best for us, so please come with an open mind, and be prepared to give us feedback on how to improve the experience.

Our campouts will 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 docents to learn more about the flora, fauna, and natural resources on the Fly Ranch property and surrounding areas.

The trip will include an evening walk to get sunset photographs of the Fly Geyser, a unique and iconic geothermal artesian well 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: Before the evening Nature Walk, we'll have a short wine and cheese social and talk about the history and nature of and plans for the Fly Geyser.

Bathrooms are available on the property. Saturday will have a BBQ and potluck dinner and a continental breakfast is provided Sunday morning. Tents and RVs are available upon request, but we encourage people to bring their own tent or RV. There will be a short service project for anyone interested in soaking the hot springs on the property.

We increasingly spend time in front of screens and on our phones and we’re interested in enjoying 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 events, we ask you to keep your cameras and phones put away when you come onto the property except for the photography-related blocks. 

This campout will occur rain or shine. Please wear pants and closed-toes shoes while hiking around the property. 

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. 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.

Because of the limited size of the group, we ask that all children be signed up. Children 12 and under are free.

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. For more directions, visit the "Get There" tab.

We accomodate for mobility! Contact us a [email protected] or 775-557-2900 for more information. 

Please remember to practice Self-Reliance at Fly Ranch. Bring extra water, snacks, personal medication, and whatever you would traditionally bring on a campout. Download the Fly Ranch Survival Guide at for more tips and suggestions.


Meet at 320 Main Street, Gerlach NV 89412

Mailing Address

320 Main Street PO Box 224 Gerlach, NV 89412