Campgrounds Near Black Rock City
Below is a sampling of options for RV and/or tent camping before and after the Burning Man event. All of the RV parks listed but Pyramid Lake have greywater disposal services as well as full hookups, and most all provide discounts for members of various national auto/rv associations. We recommend calling ahead to check availability, amenities, and rates.
Please remember that in many of the communities surrounding Black Rock country, life may move in different ways and at different speeds than what you may be used to — especially after a week in Black Rock City. The behavior moreover of each individual Burning Man participant, as they travel through and visit these areas, tends to reflect on the entire Burning Man community. Please be courteous and friendly to local residents, dress appropriately, fully obey all traffic and park regulations, and behave as you would in any traditional community. We can leave a positive and lasting impression upon the members of these communities, and these communities in turn can leave a positive impression on you as well as on Burning Man.
And especially please remember to Leave No Trace. Just because you’re staying at an RV park or campground that has trash receptacles, this does not mean you can unload there, any let alone all of the waste you are bringing back with you from Burning Man. At least not without checking with the management first. It turns out that some of the campgrounds below DO provide disposal services just for during Burning Man, but indeed with a corresponding fee to pay for the services. In short — make sure you check first.
Pyramid Lake, known for its stark beauty, unusual wildlife and fisheries, has about 110,000 surface acres and a shoreline of 125 miles. It is 15 miles long and 11 miles wide and up to 350 feet deep, fed by the Truckee River that begins at Lake Tahoe, and is at the heart of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation. This will be your first camping options for tents as well as RV’s on the route south from Black Rock City, just off of State Route 447. Note that permits are required even if you just pull off the road to swim, hike, or take a break by the lake. Also note that tent and RV camping as well as day-use is only allowed at select locations on the western-southern side of the lake. The eastern and northern sides, as well as Anajo Island and The Pyramid are all off-limits for any access and use, due very unfortunately to vandalism, litter, and theft in the past. For further information about Pyramid Lake, the tribe and reservation, the town of Nixon, and resources and the several permit-purchase locations there and in nearby towns, go to here.
Also on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, 17 miles south of Nixon, are two RV parks/campgrounds located in the small town of Wadsworth, right next to Interstate 80. Here they are, while for further information on Wadsworth and the resources to be found there, go to here.
Big Bend RV Park
#1 Big Bend Ranch Road – 775-575-2185 – 775-224-1310 – map
Open daily 9am-5:30pm. Located near the Truckee River, Big Bend RV Park is a great place to park your RV or set up a tent. $25/night with laundry, shower, and garbage services. $15/night for tents. Quiet area, hospitable service, recommend you reserve ahead.
1-80 Smokeshop & Campground
1000 Smoke Shop Circle – 775-575-2181 – map
Open 6am-8pm daily, but 24/7 during Burning Man. $25.00/night for RV campers. $20/night for tents. Showers and restroom facility onsite, very hospitable service. Also has RV Dump service.
Next to Wadsworth, there is an RV park just a few miles east of Fernley on Highway 50, say for those heading southwards to Las Vegas or eastwards on Highway 50. For more info on Fernley and the resources to be found there, go to here.
Desert Rose RV Park
3285 US Highway 50 East – 775-575-9399 – map
$35/night for RV park camping, and $17/night for tent camping. Full amenities including laundry and showers. Hospitable service.
There are several RV parks to choose from, but no facilities for tent camping in the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area. Here are the largest and more cozy of the bunch, while click here for further info on the very many resources in Reno.
Grand Sierra Resort RV Park
2500 East 2nd Street, Reno – 800-258-7366 – map
$40/night for RV campers with full amenities, including laundry, pool, and the largest and most luxurious hotel-casino in Reno with many restaurants etc just next door. Grand Sierra will also again this year be having a tremendous party with live music and dj’s for those returning from the playa on September 3-5.
River's Edge RV Park
1405 South Rock Blvd, Sparks – 775-358-8533 – 800-621-4792 – map
$37/night for RV campers with full amenities, including laundry and showers. Right next to the Truckee River, a quiet spot with hospitable service.
Boomtown Hotel-Casino RV Park
I-80 at Boomtown, Verdi – 775-345-2444 – map
$35/night for RV campers with full amenities, including laundry, pool, spa, and nearby Boomtown hotel-casino with restaurants.
Gold Ranch RV Park
I-80 Exit 2 at Gold Ranch, Verdi – 775-345-8880 – map
$42.60/night for RV campers with full amenities, including laundry, pool, hot tubs. Located just on the border between California and Nevada before you head into the mountains and forest.
Your first large town after 70 miles past Fernley, and the last with an RV park and campground until Winnemucca — another 70 miles away. And for more info on Lovelock and its resources, go to here.
Lazy K Campground
1550 Cornell Avenue – 509-554-1520 / 509-420-6042 - map
Full-service campground with RV sites, cabins, and tent pads.
Brookwood Motel & Mobile Home RV Park
205 Cornell Avenue – 775-273-2300 – map
$28/night for RV campers, $20/night for tent camping. Laundry facility and showers.
3-4 hours from Gerlach, there are two RV Parks/campgrounds in Winnemucca to choose from, both very close to each other.
Winnemucca RV Park
5255 East Winnemucca Blvd. – 775-623-4458 – 887-787-2755 – map
$32/night for RV camping, $20/night for tent camping. Full amenities, pool, laundry, and shuttle. Very hospitable service.
70 miles north north-east of Gerlach, your first town with resources and a RV and camping location leaving Black Rock City. A beautiful, cozy, friendly town tucked right between forested mountains on one side, and sagebrush mountains and desert playas on the other. And check here for further information on Cedarville and the resources there.
Modoc District Fairgrounds
1 Center Street – 530-279-2315 - map
RV Park $20/night and tent camping $15/night. Also has showers available from 8am-10pm at $10 in case you just want to wash off before continuing the journey home. Finally, the Fairgrounds has an RV dump station at $5.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen enfolds 106,000 acres of forested foothills and volcanic relics just north of where the Sierra Nevada peter out. Located about eight miles northeast of Mineral, CA, or fifty miles east of Red Bluff on Highway 36 or 50 miles east of Redding on Highway 44 – a 5-6 hour drive from Gerlach – go south on NV back to I 80 West. Go about 28 miles and then merge onto US-395 N via exit number 15 toward Susanville. US-395 N becomes CA-36 which will take you past Mineral to the Park.
All campgrounds operate on a first come, first served basis; no reservations. Camp only in developed and designated campgrounds; roadside camping is not permitted. Park only on designated parking pads. Two vehicles are allowed per site. Quiet hours are observed from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Open fires are prohibited except in government provided fire rings. Lassen has black bears; store all food and garbage properly. Lassen Chalet is open with food services and gift shop in the summer. RV’s may park overnight in the Chalet’s parking lot for $6.00 per night. Register at the Southwest campground. Contact 530-595-4444 for more information.
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