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Nevada’s Burner Byway

Isolated in the northeast corner of Nevada, the Black Rock Desert has become famous as the site of Burning Man, an avant-garde art festival that takes place there every August, drawing as many as 70,000 visitors who come to camp, collaborate and celebrate. The festival has left a legacy of large-scale, imaginative public art throughout Nevada, and groups can experience both art and wilderness on the state’s Burner Byway itinerary from Reno to Black Rock Desert.

  • Reno is the closest city to Burning Man and has been heavily influenced by the event. Visitors can see Burning Man artwork on the city’s RiverWalk; purchase Burning Man artwork in local galleries and boutiques; or get inspired at the Reno Generator, a collaborative arts space.
  • Planet X Pottery is housed in the remnants of an old homestead in the Nevada wilderness. This working pottery studio has four galleries as well as an outdoor bar and picnic area.
  • The Playa at Black Rock Desert is the site of the enormous Burning Man festival, but groups that visit during the rest of the year can see the wagon ruts, historic inscriptions and desolate landscape that has inspired pioneers and artists alike for generations.

Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.