RENO TO BRC
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To Burning Man from Reno
From Reno, Nevada, take Hwy I-80 east for approximately 30 miles. Take the Wadsworth/Pyramid Lake exit #43 to Hwy 447.
Go 1.0 mile to Wadsworth and turn left, staying on Hwy 447 north. It's 75 mls to Empire, NV where gas and supplies are available. Continue 3.0 miles to Gerlach where gas is also available.
From Gerlach, go northwest on Highway 447 for one mile to the fork. Take the right-hand fork, Hwy 34, and continue 11 miles to the Burning Man entrance. Note: The 3-mile playa entrance (first turn-off) used in previous years should not be used. The 12-mile playa entrance just beyond ours will not take you to Burning Man and will be patrolled by BLM Rangers.
From DOWNTOWN Reno:
1. Take N. Center or N. Virginia, north to I-80.
2. Turn RIGHT onto I-80 EAST on-ramp.
3. Merge onto I-80 E.
4. 30 miles EAST of Reno, take Wadsworth Exit # 43.
5. At exit stop-sign, turn LEFT onto Main Street/NV-427. You are entering Wadsworth, NV.
6. 1.5 miles down Main St., turn left onto NV-447.
7. Stay on NV-447. 78 miles to Gerlach
The state highways leading to Gerlach (the closest settlement to Black Rock City) and all other roads in the area are patrolled by the Nevada Highway Patrol. 25 MPH, as posted in nearby towns, means exactly that. Local kids and pets play in the road -- be careful. Outside of town, be prepared to share the road with livestock and wildlife. Most vehicle accidents in which participants are injured occur on Hwy 447/34 on the final approach to Black Rock City. It is sadly ironic that people have often made it across the country only to have a serious injury in the last few miles. Please be cautious! Tired? Then stop to rest! Be alert for cattle and deer that will dart into the road in front of you, especially at night. A note about jackrabbits - there is an overabundance of them and they are "kamikaze." It is not worth jeopardizing your safety to swerve in an attempt to avoid them. Stop and look carefully at all train crossings. Estimating the speed of trains is misleading in the broad desert expanse. Always wait for any oncoming train to pass before crossing railroad tracks.