Burning Man originally started in San Francisco on Barker Beach in the mid-1980s and moved to the desert in Nevada by 1990 as the event grew in size and popularity. The history of the event and desert itself is pretty neat if you ask us. The Black Rock Desert was actually an ancient lake bed about 15,000 years ago, and because of various environmental and biological factors, it is home to unique alkaline dust (playa).
This art and music festival is certainly like no other and is “dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance”. While Black Rock City is a pop-up for the week, according to Burning Man’s site, like any other city, it has the essential infrastructure and community services — including city planning, emergency, safety, and sanitary infrastructure — to keep it functioning. There are even services offered for RV maintenance. This certainly isn’t an event one goes to on a whim – there is preparation as an attendee as well!