Black Rock Rendezvous

In-Person & Online Event:

May 26-30, 2021

This year, the Black Rock Rendezvous is returning with online events, in-person meetups in the Black Rock, and the first-ever Black Rock Desert Selfie Scavenger Hunt!

Join the BLM Black Rock Field Office, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Friends of Black Rock-High Rock, and Nevada Outdoor School as we celebrate, explore, and learn together at the annual Black Rock Rendezvous!

Basic Info

We are so excited that the Black Rock Rendezvous is back this year with in-person events! We look forward to seeing you out there. However, this will not be your standard Rendezvous. Please read the info below to get a better understanding of how things will look this year.

  • This year’s Rendezvous will not include group camping or meals. Of course, you are encouraged to camp on your own before or after events (it’s your public lands after all!) 
  • Participants are responsible for getting themselves to and from event sites.
  • Participants are expected to bring all the water, food, and personal supplies they will need to be self-sufficient. 
  • •Masks: The State of Nevada currently does not require fully vaccinated individuals to wear a mask inside or outside, thus masks will not be required for those who are fully vaccinated. However, we are still encouraging participants to wear a mask while gathered 6 ft from other participants who are not part of your “family unit.”
  • Due to group size limits, Registration will be required for all in-person events.


Wednesday, May 26thBlack Rock Trivia Night!, hosted by Friends of Nevada Wilderness
Thursday, May 27thVirtual Event, hosted by Friends of Black Rock-High Rock
Saturday, May 29thMorning: LNT Presentation, Trego Hot Springs Clean-Up
Afternoon: Reno Gem & Mineral Society, Rocket Launching Lecture
Sunday, May 30thGroup Hike up Old Razorback
Guided Bike Ride
All WeekendSelfie Scavenger Hunt! – a self-guided photo contest

Virtual Events

Wed, May 26th

Virtual Event: Black Rock Trivia Night!

Hosted by: Friends of Nevada Wilderness

7 pm to 8 pm

Kick off the Rendezvous with some fun- Make a team or come by yourself, grab a beer (or non-alcoholic drink) and test your knowledge of the Black Rock NCA! Topics will include geography, geology, flora, fauna, human history, and all kinds of fun facts! Prizes for winning teams.

Click Here to Register!

Thurs, May 27th

Virtual Event: A 20 year retrospective of FBRHR and the NCA

Friends of Black Rock High Rock welcomes you to a return to the annual Black Rock Rendezvous with a 20 year look at the NCA through pictures and stories. Join us for a celebration of the “Place Itself,’ hosted by Executive Director Stacey Wittek

Click here to register!

In-Person Events

Saturday, May 29th

Leave No Trace Presentation

8 am to 9 am

Before our Trego Clean-up project, Nevada Outdoor School will be there to offer a 1-hour Leave No Trace presentation. This is a great course for someone who is new to Leave No Trace, is looking for a refresher, or if you have a burning Leave No Trace question you would like to ask the master educator!

No Registration Required

Trego Area Clean-up

9 am to 12 pm

Join us for the main volunteer event of the 2021 Black Rock Rendezvous. We will be picking up trash, repairing damage from motorized vehicles, and repairing fencing which delineates routes and prevents resource damage. There will be plenty of projects for all skill levels! We look forward to seeing you out there! 

Spots are limited. Registration is required to participate. Due to group size limits, FNW and FBRHR are only able to accept a specific number of registrations each. There are links below to volunteer through either organization. If one is full, please Register with the other. For more info and to Sign-Up, click the link below:

Click Here to Register! through Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Click Here to Register through Friends of Black Rock-High Rock

Desert Gems and Minerals hosted by Reno Gem and Mineral Society

2 pm – 3:30 pm

Join the best rock hounds in the region, at the Black Rock Field Office for a conversation on all things that shine and sparkle in the NCA. From Rose Quartz to Fire Opals it can all be found here in our geologically diverse Black Rock Desert.

Click Here to Register!

Rocket Launching Lecture

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join rocket expert, Peter Clay for an epic lecture about the history of launching rockets in the Black Rock Desert and be sure to stick around to watch the launch in action!

Click Here to Register!

Sunday, May 30th

Group Hike up Old Razorback

9 am – mid-afternoon

Join us for a group hike up one of the Black Rock Desert’s most iconic mountains!  Old Razorback is the distinctive peak overlooking the vast Black Rock Desert playa and surrounding mountain ranges. From its peak, you can observe the sheer size of the playa, the remains of ancient Lake Lahontan, and the sweeping landscape that is the Black Rock-High Rock National Conservation Area. 

This is a strenuous hike and may not be appropriate for everyone. Spots are limited. Registration is required to participate.

Click Here for More Info & to Sign-Up

Ride the Rock! Bike Tour

9 am to 2 pm

Join us for a guided bike loop (13-miles of dirt road) through old mining sites, volcanic features, and by the beautiful Calico Mountains. Learn about early indigenous residents, Pleistocene creatures, and consider a couple of billion years of geology all in one ride! (Participants must provide their own bike)

Click Here to Register!

Selfie Scavenger Hunt! #BRR21


Want to have an adventure over Memorial Day Weekend?

The Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area has launched the Black Rock Rendezvous Selfie Scavenger Bingo to encourage people to get out and explore the NCA!

How It Works

To show off your adventure, all you have to do is take a photo or selfie and share it on your favorite social media sites using hashtag #BRR21. Use the bingo card to keep track of your photos. Once you have a bingo (five spots in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row), be sure to say BINGO! in your selfie post. Prizes are available for those who get bingo. Bonus prizes are for those who have multiple bingos or get all the photos for a full blackout. The last day to play is Memorial Day 5/31/21.

Please be safe while having fun and remember to keep photos family friendly.


Single BINGO (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal)

  • Sticker or Patch from Friends of Nevada Wilderness or Friends of Black Rock-High Rock

Multiple BINGOs

  • Poster from past Friends of Black Rock-High Rock Artist in Residence

Full Board! a.k.a blackout

  • Stickers, patches, posters, t-shirt, and more! Plus, the respect and admiration of your peers

Recordings from the 2020 Virtual Black Rock Rendezvous

Welcome and Introductions

Meet the organizations hosting the Black Rock Rendezvous 2020, learn about the first “virtual” Rendezvous, ask questions, and say hello!

Batty about Bats!

Join scientist and author, Rachael Freeman Long, for a conversation about Bats of the Black Rock Desert. Afterward, she’ll be doing a reading from her children’s book “The Black Rock Trilogy: Gold Fever.”

Children’s Learning and Playtime!

Join the outdoor educators from Nevada Outdoor School and songwriter Elizabeth Cadigan for songs, videos, and arts & crafts!

Coloring Pages and Instructions

Bighorn Sheep Return to Tribal Land

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe successfully reintroduced California bighorn sheep to the Lake Range January 2020.

Backyard Birds with Great Basin Bird Observatory

We will be discussing backyard birds including common species, essential birding resources and materials, and natural history! We will also discuss natural history focusing on breeding bird behavior.

Astronomy Night! with the Fleischmann Planetarium

Cook up a comet — and explore how to see an actual one this month! — as well as other cool night sky objects — with team members from the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center!

Billion Year History of the Black Rock Desert

Cathy Busby is Professor of Geology Emerita and Research Scientist at UC Davis. Tune in for her quick tour of the geology of the Black Rock Desert!

Fly Ranch Nature Walk

Dr. Lisa Schile-Beers, and Erika Wesnousky, lead a virtual tour around Fly Ranch, exploring the stunning 3,800 acre property and give participants a virtual experience with the vast and dynamic environment.