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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 Hwy 50 or US 395 / I-580.  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.  Further down is a listing of notable resources in the area.

Near the junction of Highway 50 and US-395 / I-580, 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 / I-580 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 US-395 / I-58. You will find LED 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. 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.

Further ahead, 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.

That’s it nks for stopping in Carson City!

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.


Trader Joe’s
3790 US Highway 395, Ste # 401 – 775-267-2486 – map
Open daily 8am-9pm. Huge selection of great foods at good prices ideal for the playa, as many burners attest. Very popular spot.

Save Mart Supermarket
3620 North Carson Street – 775-841-4402 / 775-841-4430 – map
Open 5am-1pm.

Save Mart Supermarket
4348 South Carson Street, Carson City – 775-885-2529 – map
Open 5am-1pm.

Save Mart Supermarket
3325 US Highway 50 E – 775-885-7400 – map
Open 5am-1pm

Raleys Supermarket
3701 South Carson Street – 775-883-8301 – map
Open 7am-midnight. Large variety of quality food, produce, booze, and some merchandize.

Costco Wholesale
700 Old Clear Creek Road – 775-881-2518 – map
Open Mon-Fri 9am-8:30, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm.

WalMart Supercenter
3770 US Highway 395 S – 775-267-2158 – map
Open 24/7.

WalMart Supercenter
3200 Market Street – 775-883-6415 – map
Open 24/7.

Random Curiosities

The LED Light
511 Fairview Drive – 775-841-4490 – map
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm. Carries LED rope, strips, and headlamps.

Friends in Service Helping Thrift Store
138 East Long Street – 775-882-6334 – map
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1pm-4pm.

Classy Seconds
411 Hot Springs Road # 1 – 775-841-7081 – map
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm

Salvation Army
190 East Winnie Lane – 775-885-1898 – map

Carson Hot Springs
1500 Old Hot Springs Road – 775-885-8844 – map
Open daily 7am – 11pm.


Lowe’s Home Improvement
430 Fairview Drive – 775-881-2460 – map
Open Mon-Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 7am-8pm.  Building and camping supplies.

Home Depot
921 Jacks Valley Road – 775-267-3434 – map
Open Mon-Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 7am-8pm.  Building and camping supplies.

Bicycles & Bike Repair

The Bike Smith
900 North Carson Street – 775-883-3210 – map
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm.


Aloha Beer, Wine & Spirits
4555 South Carson Street – 775-882-5544 – map
Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Largest selection of beer, wine, and spirits in Carson City.

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

Carson City Nugget
507 North Carson Street – 775-882-1626 – map
RV and oversized vehicle parking and restaurants.

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

Comma Coffee
312 S Carson Street – 775-883-2662 – map
Open Mon-Thur 7am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7am-10pm.

Hospitals / Urgent care

Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center
775 Fleischmann Way – 775-882-1361 / 775-445-8000 – map

Carson Tahoe Urgent Care
1201 South Carson Street – 775-445-7330 – map
Open 8am-8pm daily.


Bently Biofuels Outpost and Convenience Store
1350 Buckeye Road, Minden – 775-720-0754 - 775-783-8038 – map
Open 8am to 6pm, Fueling Hours 24/7 with Credit/Debit

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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