Without doubt The Burning Man Festival tops the list of the most captivating and intriguing phenomena in human history. In fact, even those who have attended the festival multiple times are hard pressed to describe it. This is partly because the event theme changes every year – so no one really knows what to expect when they arrive.

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Another reason is the festival itself is so deviant from societal norms that no words can ever capture everything that happens within this temporary city. But forget about reading Burning Man how-to’s and survival guides, today we delve into the crucible of creativity and opportunity that embodies this vibrant, annual event.

The Real Phenomena

The Burning Man Festival owes its name after the wooden man burned to the ground at the end of the week-long event. What started as a humble gathering of a few people back in 1986 on a beach in San Francisco has evolved into a counter-cultural phenomena that thousands flock to each year.

Surprisingly though, the one thing that makes the festival one-of-a-kind is not the burning of the giant wooden effigy, nor the various installation artwork, or the unique and friendly people you will get to interact with in the duration of the festival.

What makes the Burning Man unique is “Black Rock City” The self-governing metropolis in the heart of Black Rock Desert is comprised of thousands of people. The city exists for one week every year, and is built at the start of the festival by first time and returning participants, then completely torn down at the end of the week.

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Not impressed? What if we tell you that Black Rock City has its own radio stations, courier services, movie theatres, yoga classes, restaurants, bars, and even an airport? Every establishment, every art installation is built from scratch. The city is a spontaneous creation of its residents who come from all over the world, each building and running their own communities without order or governance from anyone.

You Do Not Need Cash

Money holds no value during the Burning Man Festival. Gifts and barter are the only currencies accepted. It is common to trade a pair of sunglasses for a blanket or tell a story to pay for your next meal. In Black Rock City, human interaction is more valuable than money or any other material possession.

The City At Night

At nightfall, the city is transformed into a spectacle of lights. Almost every vehicle, structure and person is covered in luminescent wire or some other type of illumination.

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Despite the amazing light displays though, it is very difficult to find images of Black Rock City at night. Most say that the city’s nightlife is so alluring that even the most avid photographers leave their cameras inside their tents or RV rental, and just enjoy the night’s activities. So, if you want to know that the city actually looks like at night, you have to go there.

A Playground For Grown Ups

When you go to the Burning man Festival, PLAY is one thing you will certainly do. The experience brings back the feeling of creating something and envisioning a entire reality behind that creation. Okay, let’s make this easier. Remember the feeling of being 8 years old and building a treehouse with your friends? That is exactly what the Burning Man provides.

The inspiration behind the festival is to encourage and celebrate the same childlike wonder. The difference being your childlike wonder now comes with adult skills, knowledge and resources. So instead of treehouses, participants build gigantic art installations. And for one week every year, these resourceful, visionary group people get together in the ultimate crucible of creativity that is the Burning Man Festival.

The Burning Climax

The highlight of the week of course is the burning of the giant wooden effigy on the final Saturday of the festival. Throughout the event the Man towers over everything in Black Rock City, and at the end of the week, is set on fire by flame throwers and fireworks.

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For festival attendees, there is significant meaning to the ceremony’s climax. Not only does it support the festival’s “Leave No Trace” principle, the burning of the effigy represents letting go of everything that hold back one’s emotional and spiritual growth.

So You’ve Scored Your Burning Man Tickets. Now What’s The Best Way To Get There?

RV rentals are the preferred mode of of transport for hundreds of Burning Man attendees. Makes sense when you consider you can simply park your RV rental in one of the camps. Also, you’d be staying for a week in the Nevada Desert. So a roomy, comfortable RV is an absolute must.

You can get an RV rental (while they’re still available) at the Apollo Motorhome Holidays branch in Las Vegas. It’s a 9-hour, 538.8-mile drive via the US-95 North highway. Don’t worry, the hot tourist attractions along the way will make the drive worthwhile. Keep in mind the festival’s “leave no trace” principle. Before you leave, take with you all your belongings, trash, luggage, etc. For many years, the festival has successfully upheld this principle so please, do your best to respect it.
The festival may only last for a week, but your experiences and memories of it will last for a  lifetime. So do not miss out on the most vibrant festival of 2016! Book an Apollo RV through our website and let’s get you on the road to The Burning Man!