About the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area

Stewarded by Friends of Black Rock-High Rock

The Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is vast wilderness landscape in northwestern Nevada, home to lava flows, vast alkali lake beds, intricate desert canyons, soaring vistas and diverse wildlife. The NCA protects 120 miles of the finest western stretches of the historic emigrant trails and wagon ruts, pioneer graffiti and historic structures persist to this day. Each Labor Day week, the Black Rock Playa plays host to the world famous Burning Man Festival.

From the blog

  • 10.1.13

    Reports from the field: Public Lands Day 2013

    The 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day has been and gone. By all accounts, it was an amazing day all across the National Conservation Lands as members of our Friends Grassroots Network volunteered their time in support of our public lands. Here are some dispatches from the field… San … read more

  • 08.22.11

    The Black Rock NCA’s importance, now more than ever

    I had the opportunity to travel to Gerlach, Nevada last week to join with the Bureau of Land Management, the Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the Friends of Black Rock-High Rock and other members of the local community in celebrating the opening of a new visitors center for the Black Rock-High Rock … read more