Arriving at BRC
Transportation & Traffic
Arriving at Black Rock City
Check here for map and directions on how to get to Burning Man.
The Gate: What To Expect As You Arrive
The speed limit on Gate Road is 10 MPH. Speeding causes deep ruts in the playa and creates lots of dust, which is a safety hazard for our Gate staff and other drivers.
Everyone in your vehicle must have a ticket in hand when you reach the Gate or your entire car will be turned around. As you approach Black Rock City, tune in to the Gate Area Radio Station 95.1 FM for Gate specific updates (BMIR at 94.5 FM for event info). Traffic is heaviest on Sunday and Monday. If you want to avoid long waits, consider planning your departure from home so you arrive in BRC at a non-peak time, or be prepared to wait and be extra patient.
Picking up a Will Call ticket? All lanes allow entrance to the Will Call lot; you will be directed by Gate staff. Park, go to Will Call, get your tickets, and then get in line. Do not get out of your vehicle until you are INSIDE the Will Call lot. We will not let anyone walk to Will Call from Gate Road (too many people lose their vehicles, posing a serious safety issue.)
Your car will be searched at the Gate, so please keep this in mind when packing to help make the search faster and easier.
After you go through Gate you will pass through Greeters, which is where you will be officially welcomed and given your printed city map and other event information.
No Early Arrivals
Do not come to the event site before our Gate opens at 6 p.m. Sunday, August 25. We are not ready to receive participants until we have finished building the city and have our full public safety and sanitation infrastructure in place. Our permit stipulates an opening time of 6 p.m. so plan your driving time to the playa accordingly. DO NOT wait on the side of the road anywhere along Hwy 447 or Hwy 34 or in the town of Gerlach. This poses a serious safety hazard, adds needless stress on neighboring communities, and places our event at risk. Note: if you arrive before the Gate opens you are likely to have a much longer wait to get in than if you arrive after the Gate opens.
After Dark Arrivals
If you arrive in our city at night and do not know where to camp, we recommend you stay at the Greeters Station until morning. You are not likely to find your friends by cruising in the dark after your long journey, and you are likely to inadvertently camp in a reserved space and/or create a hazard for others. You can get information and find your way more safely by the light of day.