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The Press Democrat: Black Rock Desert, beyond Burning Man

From the writers at The Press Democrat.

Although the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada flaunts itself in glitzy international fame during the annual Burning Man festival at the end of summer, the rest of the year it quietly beckons savvy adventurers who prefer not to experience this unique landscape with 70,000 other people (“Burners”) who attend the festival each year.

As part of the 1.2 million acres of public land in the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, the Black Rock offers visitors a singular opportunity to immerse themselves in an environment largely unchanged from when the pioneers struggled across it in the 1800s.

“There’s something for everyone. It’s a beautiful area with the quintessential Nevada landscape,” said Michael Myers, executive director of the Friends of Black Rock-High Rock, an organization dedicated to preserving the area’s distinctive character. It’s also a treasure trove that showcases not only the geological formation of the area, but also the history of its various human inhabitants.

To read the full story by The Press Democrat, click here.

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