Burning through Carson City
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Cheap gas and the lively ghost of the Silver Boom.
If you are going to Black Rock City from Southern California, chances are you are riding through on Highway 50 or US Highway 395. Welcome back to civilization!
Below is some burner-friendly travel narrative with a few of the resource highlights in Carson City — the capital city of Nevada — while further down is a listing of notable businesses in the area you may be interested in.
Near the junction of Highway 50 and US-395, you will find Trader Joe’s, Costco, Home Depot, Aloha Beer, Wine & Spirits, WalMart, and an odd assortment of sit-down and fast-food restaurants.
Further north, with US-395 becoming Carson Street, at Clearview Drive is Save Mart on your left that is a regional favorite and, past the dealerships, on your right is Lowe’s Home Improvement, a very good place to get hardware and building materials.
If you want to bypass most of Carson and head straight to Reno and the playa, turn onto Fairview to reach the new US-395.
However, if you want to continue to shop or leisure through Carson City, continue straight onwards into downtown.
Further along, you will find another favorite supermarket, Raleys, and then further, across from the Nevada State Legislature, Comma Coffee on the left makes a great cup and the decor may help inspire your theme camp. Wireless Internet is available.
The Carson Nugget allows RV/oversized parking in Lot #4 and offers up a dirt-cheap 24hr coffee shop.
Toward the end of Carson City on your left will be another Save Mart Supermarket and then the US-395 bypass. Also nearby, down Old Hot Springs Road right off of US-395, Carson Hot Springs is close by. On your way to Carson Hot Springs you may also want to stop in at “Classy Seconds Thrift”. It’s a hidden gem in the thrift store world. Prices are extremely cheap and the staff is wonderful!
But wait! There’s one more major important place to note: Carson-Tahoe Medical Center. Turn left at Arrowhead Drive for any EMERGENCY MEDICAL care needs.
Thanks for stopping in Carson City, Nevada’s state capital and gateway to Lake Tahoe.
Are you coming up US-395 through Gardnerville-Minden, 16 miles to the south of Carson City, and want to fill up your generators and tanks with biodiesel? Bentley Biofuels (the only place in Nevada manufacturing biodiesel) is found here in cozy Minden.
3770 US Highway 395 S – 775-267-2158 – map
3200 Market Street – 775-883-6415 – map
Friends in Service Helping Thrift Store
138 East Long Street – 775-882-6334 – map
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1pm-4pm.
411 Hot Springs Road # 1 – 775-841-7081 – map
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm
190 East Winnie Lane – 775-885-1898 – map
Bicycles & Bike Repair
The Bike Smith
900 North Carson Street – 775-883-3210 – map
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm.
Ben’s Fine Wine & Spirits
444 East William Street – 775-885-9463 – map
Open Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-9pm. Good wine, spirits, and beer selection with some really good prices. Ben’s can special order anything you want for you to pick up on your way to the playa — call to find out more.
Hotels & Hotel Casinos
Holiday Inn Express
4055 North Carson Street – (775) 283-4055 / (775) 841-4055 – map
Hampton Inn & Suites
10 Hospitality Way – (775) 885-8800 – map
Coffeehouses – Wireless
Hospitals / Urgent care
Med Direct Urgent Care
1201 South Carson Street – 775-445-7330 – map
Open 8am-8pm daily.
Bently has been very supportive of burners both off and on playa, providing E10, E85, B5, B20, and B99.9 fuels from recycled cooking oils at their store, as well as making pre-arranged deliveries of B99.9 to locations in Black Rock City during the event. Wait? Bulk Deliveries to the playa?! Yes, they can arrange delivery of biodiesel to you on the playa. But — IMPORTANT: Please call Carlo directly at 775-720-0754 as early as possible to arrange fuel deliveries. They will also need important information like accurate fuel needs, off-road or on-road fuel, camp name and location, and contact person. They will not however be providing fuel storage containers for the event but can be contacted for guidance as to safe and appropriate, Leave-No-Trace storage on-playa. All deliveries are pre-pay. Weather can sometimes make fuel deliveries impossible, so please plan accordingly, and make sure you have enough fuel on hand to get you through a few days.
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