City Layout

Black Rock City Infrastructure

City Layout


Black Rock City consists of the main camping area formed by a series of concentric and radial streets, and an “open playa” reserved for art installations. You can find past city plans here, and the 2013 Black Rock City plan will be posted before the event. You will be given a paper copy of the BRC map when you pass through the Black Rock City Greeters Station.

2013 BRC City Plan


Two Civic Plazas are located on either side of the city at 3:00 & 9:00. These Plazas are mini civic centers designed to serve the same community functions as Center Camp, including ice sales at Arctica, Emergency Service Stations and Black Rock Ranger Outposts. These Plazas are public gathering spaces, inviting art, performance, installations, and community interaction. The theme camps encircling the Plazas are encouraged to participate creatively in making the Plazas inviting.


Participants are invited to occupy and develop the three Plazas located at 3:00, 6:00, & 9:00 and K. We are holding most of the camping space around these plazas available for unregistered camps to develop and maintain as an experiment in spontaneous urban planning and collaboration.


There are two art plazas at 4:30 & 7:30 and G Street, where Burning Man’s Art Department places select participant-created art pieces.


A marked area immediately behind the southeast side of Black Rock City will be reserved for Walk-In Camping. No vehicles or RVs are allowed in the Walk-In Camping area. You will need to leave your vehicle and carry your belongings to your chosen spot. The sheer difficulty of this exercise will keep the area sparsely populated and your efforts will be rewarded with a sense of solitude unavailable in other parts of the city.


Banks of porta-potties can be found throughout the city on radial streets on the blocks between C & D and H & I. The exceptions to this are 6:00, which has banks between F & G, and 3:00 and 9:00 which have banks between E & F. There are also banks on the open playa on either side of the Man. To help you find banks of potties in your time of need, each bank will be marked by two solar-powered blue safety lights.


The BLM will establish a buffer zone on the playa around Black Rock City. No camping is allowed in this area.