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Fernley



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Fernley is a blend of rural and city, just 100 miles away from Burning Man, and the last stop to get major supplies.

I-80 Exit #46 and #48 – Fernley

Here are some travel guidelines. Further below is a list of resources.

Fernley has been growing into a vibrant little city, a large mix of Native American, Western, agricultural, amazon.com, migratory, and traditional and libertarian cultures. Fernley is proud to be among Nevada’s newest and fastest-growing cities, incorporated in 2001.

Fernley is really supportive of Burning Man and our yearly migrations to the playa, as notably being the last major stop with many resources to offer the traveler, 1.5 hours from the playa. As you visit the businesses and community here, please remember you’re ambassadors of Burning Man’s principles. Your positive interactions reflect not only on you, but also on Burning Man and the future of the event.

Most of the businesses are either clustered around two I-80 exits (#46 on the west, and #48 on the east), and along Main Street (Highway 50) in between them:

Exit #48

South from this exit, on your right is Scolari’s Food & Drug with most of your grocery and water needs. Also some good restaurants and an URGENT CARE in this shopping center. Please:  NO overnight parking.  See further below for all the details about what is to be found here.

On your left, east of the exit is Lowe’s Home Improvement with most of the camping and building supplies you will need, and a Walmart.

Heading further south of the exit you’ll come to a roundabout — you can either go east or west, this is Highway 50.

West down Highway 50 is central Fernley and several other food, gas, shopping and motel options, as well as eventually the other I-80 exit #46. But most notably are some art installations recently created and installed by burners and funded through Big Art For Small Towns! Scroll down for details.

East down Highway 50 is the Fallon Tribal Development Corporation run Fox Peak Station, with the cheapest gas in town, food, smoke shop, booze, and hospitality to boot, to stock up on.  Further east about 30 miles is Fallon and your way south to Las Vegas or southeastwards across Nevada.

Exit # 46

This exit has some important final pit-stops.  On one side of the interstate is Love’s Truck Stop, with gas, auto supplies, food, booze, RV dump and casino.  On the other side of I-80 is the Pilot Travel Center with gas, food, casino and showers. Heading north from the exit here will take you into Wadsworth, and off to Burning Man!

Directions to Burning Man from Fernley:  From I-80 Exit #46, head north. You’re on State Route 427.  You’ll soon be entering Wadsworth and the beginning of the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribal reservation, where you can also find some last minute supplies, camping opportunities, and permits for camping/day-use at Pyramid Lake (17 miles to the north).  Wadsworth is a relatively small community so look out for the sign for Highway 447 toward Gerlach.  You’ll turn right onto 447 for your final stretch to the playa, nearly 100 miles north!

FINALLY, please do not leave any of your trash at any of the businesses or rest areas in and around Fernley. There happen to be ample recycling and garbage facilities in the area to responsibly dispose of your waste, so take it to one of them or all the way home with you. Leave No Trace as you leave Nevada and the people here will keep welcoming us back. Not only is leaving waste at unauthorized locations totally uncool, leading to impact on the environment and/or property, and expenses in time, energy and hassle dumped on others.  It is also ILLEGAL and seriously impacts the future of Burning Man. Just don’t do it! Check out the Recycling, Dumps and Greywater page for locations to dump, and please be responsible!

Here are a few links to learn more about Fernley:

City of Fernley
Fernley News
Fernley Chamber of Commerce

Groceries

Scolaris Food and Drug Co.
1400 US Highway 95A North – 775-575-1381 – map
Open 24/7.  Lots of quality food, water, booze, pharmacy, and camping accessories.  No overnight camping.

1-80 Smokeshop & Campground
1000 Smoke Shop Circle, Wadsworth – 775-575-2181 – map
Open 6am-8pm daily, but 24/7 during Burning Man. Located in nearby Wadsworth.  If you are traveling from the west to Burning Man, I-80 Smoke Shop & Market is right off I-80 as you enter Wadsworth. A gas station and convenience store flush with hospitality and having among many things, lots of water, smokes, dry ice and ice, tarps, booze, and canned beer on-hand – one of the last for about 100 miles to stock up. See below also for camping details. RV greywater disposal will also be available.

WalMart Supercenter
1550 Newlands Drive – 775-575-4832 – map
Open 24/7.

Hardware and Camping Gear

Lowe’s Home Improvement
375 Stanley Drive – 775-980-4000 – map
Open Mon-Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 8am-8pm.  The largest place in town to get building and some camping supplies.

Random Curiosities

Big Art for Small Towns
590 East Main Street – map
The Black Rock Arts Foundation, the City of Fernley and the Burning Man Project collaborated to launch Big Art for Small Towns. The partners were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and with additional fundraising, have intalled three projects for installation in Fernley’s new park. The Bottle Cap Gazebo by Max Poynton and Andrew Grinberg, and the Rockspinner 6 by Zachary Coffin, lived once in Black Rock City. Desert Tortoise was created just for the park by local artist Pan Pantoja and reflects Fernley’s character, heritage and culture. Definitely something to check out as milestones of Burning Man’s growing relationships with our neighbors beyond the playa.

Redress
140 East Maine Street #C – 775-742-0200 – map
Open Wed-Sat noon-5pm, but call ahead for possible extended hours or after-hours appointment. A brand new shopping experience in Fernley, carrying used and upcycled, as well as painted, clothing for primarily women, including dresses, scarves, shoes and other accessories. Burners very welcome.

Twice Nice
480 East Main Street, Suite 220 – 775-291-6806 – map
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-3pm.  Offering a widely eclectic mix of artful items and refined recyclables, including clothing, jewelry, decor and furniture.

Gas Stations

I-80 Smoke Shop & Market
1000 Smoke Shop Circle, Wadsworth – 775-575-2181 – map
Open 6am-8pm daily, but 24/7 during Burning Man.  Located in nearby Wadsworth.  If you are traveling from the west to Burning Man, I-80 Smoke Shop & Market is right off I-80 as you enter Wadsworth. A gas station and convenience store flush with hospitality and having among many things, lots of water, smokes, dry ice and ice, tarps, booze, and canned beer on-hand – one of the last for about 100 miles to stock up. See below also for camping details. RV greywater disposal will also be available.

Fox Peak Station Fernley
1200 Nevada Pacific Parkway – 775-575-3520 – map
Open 24/7. Fallon Tribal Development Corporation-run gas station with the cheapest gas in Fernley.  Also a convenience store and smoke shop, carrying bulk water, booze, canned beer, assorted snacks, a wide variety of tobacco including organic, hookahs, portable ashtrays, sunglasses,  and propane, with local hospitality to boot!

Love’s Truck Stop
825 Commerce Center Drive – 775-575-2200 – map
Open 24/7. Offers food, booze, auto supplies, and RV greywater disposal.

Pilot Travel Center
465 US Highway 95A North – 775-575-5115 – map
Open 24/7. Offers showers.

Restaurants

The Pizza Factory
1460 Highway 95A North, Suite 5 – 775-575-4548 – map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun noon-9pm. Call ahead for possible later hours during Burning Man. Known as THE place for pizza in Fernley. Located in the Scolaris shopping center, The Pizza Factory is a family-owned restaurant that has very good food and wonderful hospitality, and they really love to take care of us! Providing a wide range of pizza, sandwich, and pasta options, including for vegans and vegetarians. Comes highly recommended!

Louie’s China Bistro
1360 Highway 95A North, Suite 7 – 775-835-6655 – map
Open daily 11am-9:30pm. Highly recommended for a wide variety of chinese food at reasonable prices.

Sushi Moto
1360 US Highway 95A North, #1 – 775-575-6672 – map
Open Mon-Thur and Sun 11am-11pm, Fri and Sat 11am-midnight. All-you-can-eat sushi and a wide variety of other Japanese dishes seem to be a common craving for burners, and this is the place in Fernley to get it. Options for vegetarians too.

China Buffet
460 West Main Street, Suite #5 – 775-835-8838 – map
Open daily 11am-9:30pm. Comes highly recommended for all-you-can-eat and large menu of items at great prices for quality Chinese food.

Hoya Deli
100 Main Street, Wadsworth – 775-835-0402 – map
Open daily 9am-9pm. Call ahead for after-hours possibilities. Located in nearby Wadsworth. A wonderfully cozy place to sit down, kick back, and enjoy some food.  The menu includes breakfast items, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and salads.  Vegetarian/vegan options also available.

Black Bear Diner
1190 East Main Street, Suite B – 775-835-8512 – map
Open Sun-Thur 6:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 6:00am – 10:00pm. Traditional American faire.

Mary and Moe’s Wigwam
225 West Main Street – 775-575-2573 – map
Open daily 5am-10pm. Traditional American faire. Also has museum and casino.

Steve’s Homemade Ice Cream
1360 Highway 95A Morth, Suite 5 – 775-575-0500 – map
Open Sun-Thur 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. Enormous portions of fresh dessert lusciousness. Sugar-free frozen yogurts, non-dairy ices, italian ices, smoothies, cakes, …and various other non-artificial ice creams. Belgian waffles for the sundeas are made to order! How about that after a week in the desert?

Hotels / RV Park

Comfort Suites
800 Mesa Drive – 775-980-6514 – map

Best Western Inn
1405 Newlands Drive East – 775-575-6776 – map

Lazy Inn
325 West Main Street – 775-575-4452 – map

Super 8
1350 Newlands Drive West – 775-575-5555 – map

Desert Rose RV Park
3285 US Highway 50 East – 775-575-9399 – map
Located 4 miles east of Fernley next to Highway 50. $35/night for RV park camping, and $17/night for tent camping. Full amenities including laundry and showers. Hospitable service.

Hospitals / Urgent Care

Renown Family Urgent Care
1320 Newlands Drive – 775-982-5000 – map
Open Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-3pm (closed Sunday).

Greywater Disposal

Love’s Truck Stop
825 Commerce Center Drive – 775-575-2200 – map
Open 24/7. Offers RV greywater disposal.

Auto Repair and Tow Service

Trucks Plus
220 Lyon Drive – 775-575-2500 – 775-622-7710 – map
Open 8am-4:30pm, but on call 24/7 during Burning Man. Repair service of all types for all vehicles. Can also tow vehicles intended to shop up to small motor-homes.

Fernley Tire and Brakes
1575 Newlands Drive East – 775-835-6190 – map
Open Weekdays 8am-6pm.

Hometown Auto Service
90 West Main Street – 775-575-9600 – map
Open Mon 8am-5pm, Tue-Fri 8am-6pm.

Hanneman Towing
280 East Main Street – 775-575-2345 – map

MKS Diesel & Auto Repair
155 West Main Street – 775-530-4574 – map
Available 24 hours. Mobile and high performance repair service.

Napa Auto Parts
780 East Main Street – 775-575-6272 – map
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm.

O’Reilly Auto Parts
255 US Highway 95a North – 775-575-6400 – map
Open Mon-Sat 7:30-8pm, Sun 8am-6pm.

Storage and Parking

Pack-It Park-It Stor-It Mini Storage
1900 US Hwy 50A – 775-835-6464 – map
Open 6am-9pm daily. 10 x 20 and 10 x 25 units available. Highly recommended for storage of vehicles and spaceships. Please call or email (via website, highlighted above) ahead of time for instructions and making arrangements. Also available is daily parking in case you want to carpool to the playa!

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