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Burning Man Festival is Truly Wild

National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey captured these amazing images at Burning Man. Sunday, 5 November

By Don George
Photographs By Aaron Huey

Burning Man, an annual event in the desert of Nevada, describes itself as a "temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance." What started in 1986 as two friends burning an eight-foot statue on a San Francisco beach has grown, quite literally, into a statue as tall as 105 feet that is burned down at the end of each event around the summer solstice. Live through some amazing moments at Burning Man and get inspired to attend Burning Man 2018, which takes place between August 26 and September 3.

Buying Tickets

Options for purchasing tickets are detailed on the Burning Man website. Ticket prices vary from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds. If you’re parking a vehicle, you’ll also need a vehicle pass.

Survival Essentials

Water! (Veterans say 1.5 gallons (7 litres) per person per day) Enough easy-to-prepare-and-eat food for your entire stay. Sunscreen. Sanitary wipes. Hat. Headlamp. Dust mask. Goggles. More than one pair of sunglasses. LED lights. Festive attire. Gifts. Binbags (leave no trace).

Getting There

Most Burners drive, but you can also arrive by bus, taxi, or plane (a temporary airport operates at Black Rock City during the event)—and every year at least a few people parachute in. The website has detailed information and directions. Traffic tip: expect to queue for many hours while entering and leaving the event. For a shorter queue, arrive a day or two after the opening or stay an extra day.

Camping Options

From pitching a tent to parking a luxury motorhome, attendees have a spectrum of options. We rented a campervan from JUCY and found it extremely comfortable and convenient, and comparatively affordable. (Note: The camper doesn’t have a toilet or shower.)

Burning Man Around the World

Events based on the Burning Man ethos and experience are now held throughout the U.S. and around the world, including Australia, Austria, France, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ukraine.