Black Rock Desert Places Limits on Use, Including MTB’s


By Charles Pekow

The BLM is temporarily restricting activities in Black Rock Desert — High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (Black Rock Desert Playa) in Humboldt, Pershing and Washoe counties, NV. The restrictions last through October. The BLM anticipated high use of the area and determined it needed to restrict access to protect the environment and human health. Since the Burning Man festival has been canceled for the second consecutive year, would-be attendees use the playa for other events.

You can ride a bike but only in designated roads and trails in vegetated areas, but you’re not allowed to engage in other activities such as lighting fires, using pyrotechnics, dumping water or human waste, etc. Details at


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