Some of the best times I've had.
Stands between you and home
In a nutshell
A lot of nothing and then -- BAM!
Bruno's Restaurant, one of three I believe...
Although I have never been there, after being in the desert for a week with no running water and nothing but canned food, I'm sure that Bruno's is the absolute bomb.
Favorite Dish: The ravioli is rumored to be good from various acquantances of mine.
Gerlach Warnings and Dangers
Emergency water is a necessity as well as a first aid kit, extra clothing and the like. Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition before traversing this place. The northwest section of Nevada is one of the most remote and sparsely populated areas in the United States, and the weather is extreme, from freezing conditions in winter to well over 100 degrees in summer. Also, if you ignore the speed limits in populated areas there is a good chance the local police will get you, especially if it's Reservation police. Most towns have their schools right up next to the highways - 15 MPH means 15 MPH.
Gerlach Off The Beaten Path
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Just on the outskirts of town lie several hot springs and thermal pool. They are divided into two separate areas. One is Gerlach Hot Springs Park, and the other is Great Boling Springs Park. There is only one hot spring that you can actually swim in. There are even 2 sets of stairs going into the water. The rest of them are too hot, and Great Boiling Spring is fenced off. The large spring, right next to the fenced off one is actually safe enough to swim in, but be warned, swimming in the summer months is unadvised, as the water will seem hotter than it actually is, and could cause you to pass out. The best time to swim in it is in the cooler months. Remember though, if you see steam or any strange coloration, such as orange or red, stay away.
The hot springs are off limits the entire week before, and during the Burning Man Festival.
If you would like more information about the hot springs, visit the Friends of Black Rock Desert in Gerlach. And remember, some of the hot springs are hot enough to kill! Stay away from any steam, or any cracked ground.Related to:
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Approximately 20 miles north of Gerlach lies something you would never expect to find in the middle of the Nevada desert, a spectacular natural wonder known as Fly Geyser.
The geyser was accidently created when a well was being drilled way back in 1916. At that time, no one had any idea of the geothermal minerals hidden beneath the desert floor. It wasn't until the 1960s, that the water found a weak spot, and all the minerals staring coming up to the surface creating this magnificent natural wonder you see today. Today the geyser is about 12 ft. high, and is constantly getting larger. The geyser is not like most geysers, as this one is constantly errupting, spewing boiling water about 5 ft. in the air. In addition to Fly Geyser, there are also two smaller geysers found on the property.
The geysers are actually located on a patch of private land known as Fly Ranch. The owner, Bill Spoo used to take people out to see the geyser, but now he wants to be left alone. He is currently living in Reno. There is a new caretaker now, but I'm not sure if he takes people out or not. Even though there is a large gate, with spokes on top blocking the access road, people still manage to get inside. The guy at the information center in Gerlach told us that everybody just jumps the fence, and the owner doesn't really care since he knows people go over there.
To get to the geyser take County Rd. 34, heading north from Gerlach. Follow it for about 17 miles and you should start to see the geysers from a distance. Follow the road for about 3 more miles. you will pass 2 large metal structures on the left side, and a few more yards you will arrive at the large green gate on the right side. Jump the fence and follow the road to the geyser. There are two smaller geysers on the property, but this one is the most beautiful. If you're still not sure about directions, ask at the Friends of Black Rock Desert in Gerlach.
Stay safe. Stay on the small wooden boardwalks while viewing the geyser, and stay away from the water.
The Friends of Black Rock Desert is currently trying to make the land open to the public. They have asked for several requests to make it a state park, but they have all been denyed. Maybe some day, the land will be open to the public.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Community members are trying to raise $50,000 to save the water tower. I noticed that it is caving in at the top. Donations are accepted at local businesses according to the sign on the fence, and across the street you could purchase a t-shirt.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Every year, thousands of people pass through Gerlach on their way to the annual Burning Man festival. Gerlach is the gateway to the Black Rock Desert Playa, a huge alkaline dry lakebed that is one of the emptiest and flattest expanses on the place of the planet. Every year for the space of a week ending Labor Day weekend, 20,000 people converge on this place to create a temporary community, Black Rock City, Nevada's 5th largest city, dwarfing nearby Gerlach's population of approximately 250.
Definitely check out the Playa, if not the Burning Man festival. Nothing lives there, nothing grows, just what seems like a billion square miles of cracked dry alkaline mud. No cactus, no rock, no animals, no plants, no wife, no horse, no mustache. It's a terrestrial void and must be experienced.
Fondest memory: The taxidermist's shop is great. Reminds me of the laughing moose head in Evil Dead 2.
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