The Black Rock Desert Playa (ply-yah, Spanish for Intermittent dry lake) is a basin surrounded by several mountain ranges with elevations from 4,800 to 8,400 feet. The Playa is one of the largest in the U.S. It is about 110 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada, 78 miles east of Cedarville, California, and is located in portions of Washoe
, Humboldt and Pershing
counties in northwestern Nevada. The closest town to the Black Rock Desert is Gerlach
(population 430) located at the Playa's south end. Town residents are primarily employed in mining, agriculture, the railroad, government, and local businesses.
The US BureauOfLandManagement
has a lot of information about the history of the Black Rock Desert∞