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Sparks East McCarran, Prater, and the Sparks Marina



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Some good shopping here, with a nearby, delightful place to take in the sun and water.

North of I-80

Left on McCarran are most of the notables to be found in the area.

TA Travel Center – Western Village soon will be on the right. A truck stop that also has motel rooms, gas, food, and showers. You can also relieve your RV’s of its grey water here.

Continuing north on McCarran, at the corner of East McCarran Blvd and Prater Way, to your left you will find most notably a very popular supermarket among burners, Save Mart, which is a great resource for, among other things, water, supplies, and recycling. See below in the listing for fuller details.

There is also Cosmic Coffee with Wifi in this shopping center, a Big 8 Sporting Goods across McCarran, as well as auto shops, sit-down restaurants, and plenty of fast-food options.

South of I-80

The only things of note south are Prep and Save (great for some event survival supplies), Metal Masters (highly recommended for camp and art metal needs), The Generator Community Art and Builders Space, and RSW Recycling (see below for fuller details).

Eastwards

Just east of here is the Sparks Marina, a delightful place to take in the sun and water, grab a bite to eat and a drink, or take a walk around the marina. It’s a nice two mile walk. From I-80, north on McCarran Blvd, turn right on Nichols Blvd to find the Marina. Also here are a couple RV Parks.

Groceries & Water

Save Mart Supermarket
565 East Prater Way – 775-359-9060 – map
Open 5am-1am. A favorite store among burners in the Sparks area and beyond, this Save Mart has really supported our community for years. They will be carrying lots of bulk water and many novelty items, including Black Rock Bicycles and accessories, Cool Neon el-wire ready-kits, various glow toys, fun hats, masks, goggles and fun glasses, headlamps, solar chargers, tiki torches, medium and small  propane tanks and propane stoves, bicycle tubes and lighting, dry ice,vegetarian and vegan sandwich fillers, various energy bars and powders, freeze-dried backpacking foods, sushi, reusable cups and other kitchenware and storage containers, lots of canned beer and other booze, and coolers.

And like some other Save Marts and stores in the region, they also will again be part of the Exodus Trash and Recycling Network following Burning Man, having a convenient center to dispose of all of your recyclables and trash. Recycling is free and trash disposal is available at $5 per 35-gallon trash bag.  Recyclables should be clean, sorted, and debagged before depositing in the appropriate containers. Bicycles, plastics (SPI 1,2,3,4&5), plastic bags, glass, all metals, paper, cardboard, household batteries, and non-perishable food and water are all welcome. Human and other hazardous waste is absolutely prohibited!  And PLEASE be polite and respectful, as they are providing a TREMENDOUS service to our community, one we should not take for granted. All proceeds raised from recyclables will be donated to support new local Black Rock Solar installations, and food and water will be donated to local food banks. The center will be open 24/7 from Aug. 31 to September 4.

CVS/Pharmacy
680 North McCarran Blvd – 775-359-6808 – map
Open 24/7. Some camping supplies, booze, pharmacy.

Hardware & Camping Gear

Prep and Save
1472 Linda Street – 855-773-7672 - 775-358-3585 - map
Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Focused primarily on event survival supplies, this place has many things for life on the playa. Solar generators and panels, crank lanterns and flashlights, headlamps, sun ovens, 3.5 gallon water bricks and spigots, 55 gallon drums, camelbaks and water packs, bucket toilets, tents, privacy tents, ready-to-eat meals, backpacks, emergency blankets, cots and mats, medical supplies, megaphones, walkie-talkies, and kits — including for the Zombie-apocalypse! — are among the many things they carry. Check out their website for more.

Metal Masters, Inc.
1203 Industrial Way – 775-358-4613 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 8am-noon. Highly recommended for your camp and art metal needs.

Big 5 Sporting Goods
558 North McCarran Blvd – 775-331-1211 – map
Open Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.

Gone Green Recycling
1440 Industrial Way – 775-525-1447 - map
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm. Two things of especial note regarding Gone Green. First, you can buy used carpet and pads here for your camp in sizes ranging from 3′x3′ to 12′x30′ at pretty good prices. Second, you can also drop off your carpet and pads for recycling after Burning Man. They also recycle cardboard, plastics, aluminum, and steel.

Random Curiosities

The Generator Community Art and Builders Space
1240 Icehouse Avenue – 775-232-5013 - map
General hours Wed-Sun, noon-10pm. Call ahead for possible after-hours arrangement. The Generator is a new, fee-free, and radically-inclusive art and builders space, dedicated to year-round, as well as, playa-specific projects. If you are self-motivated and looking for other dedicated builders, who are also fun visionaries thriving on being part of a larger experiment in creative community, you can and probably want to build your own art project there too. Or come check out what others are doing, volunteer, or donate tools and supplies. As of 2013, art installations sleighted for Black Rock City include Control TowerIcthyosaur Puppet ProjectDawn PatrolLike 4 Real, and several Regional CORE Effigy projects from around the world. If you are interested in building your art there, get in touch with Matthew Schultz.

Restaurants

TA Travel Center – Western Village
815 Nichols Blvd. – 775-359-0550 - map

Anchors
325 Harbour Cove Drive – 775-356-6888 – map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm.

Hotels and Showers

TA Travel Center – Western Village
815 Nichols Blvd. – 775-359-0550 – map
Open 24/7. Also has showers services for those not staying at the hotel.

Aloha Inn
255 North McCarran Blvd – 775-358-2222 – map
Open 24/7: Burner friendly! Free wi-fi, all rooms have microwaves & mini fridges, and across the street from the detail-oriented Marina Car Wash.

Coffeeshops with Wifi

Cosmic Coffee
663 North McCarran Boulevard – 775-355-9331 – map
Open Mon-Sat 6am-5pm, Sun 8am-3pm. Quality coffee, tea, and some food too!

Recycling, Garbage and Greywater Disposal

Save Mart Supermarket
565 East Prater Way – 775-359-9060 – map
This Save Mart goes out of their way for supporting our recycling and trash disposal needs, see description above.

RSW Recycling
1455 East Greg Street – 775-329-8822 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm. Closed Labor Day. Takes plastics, glass, aluminum, tin, paper, and cardboard. No dumping – NO FURNITURE!

Gone Green Recycling
1440 Industrial Way – 775-525-1447 - map
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm. Two things of especial note regarding Gone Green. First, you can by used carpet and pads here for your camp in sizes ranging from 3′x3′ to 12′x30′ at pretty good prices. Second, you can also drop off your carpet and pads for recycling. They also recycle cardboard, plastics, aluminum, and steel.

TA Travel Center – Western Village
815 Nichols Blvd. – 359-0550 – map
Greywater disposal.

Auto Repair/Parts. Tow Service

Reno Vulcanizing Works
225 East Prater Way – 775-356-7500 – map
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-6pm, Sat. 7:30am-5pm. Highly recommended for most all auto repairs.

Econo Lube
651 North McCarran Blvd – 775-358-7800 – map

Jiffy Lube
215 East Prater Way – 775-359-9682 - map

Pep Boys
300 East Prater Way – 775-358-7200 – map

Midas
245 East Prater Way – 775-355-0508 – map

O’Reilly Auto Parts
345 East Prater Way – 775-331-7550 – map

RV Parks

Sparks Marina RV Park
1200 East Lincoln Way – 775-851-8888 – map

Victorian RV Park
205 Nichols Boulevard – 800-955-6405 – map

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