Rather like being tied up and hung in mid-air, the experience of going to Burning Man is difficult to describe. Start with the official website, then read the First Timer’s Guide. As soon as you’re thinking seriously of going, read the entire thing.
There’s no more dust in Black Rock City than, say, water in rain storm.
Which is to say there’s a lot of dust and it’s a constant presence. Not wanting to get dusty in Black Rock City is an exercise in futility. But much like getting caught in a rain storm, you quickly get over it. Everyone reaches the playa for the first time and intends to minimize dust exposure. Everyone forgets about the dust in 24 hours, usually much less.
The event itself takes place during the week before Labor Day in the Black Rock desert near Gerlach, Nevada. The critical point here is the desert part: before we arrive, Black Rock is a dry, empty pre-historic lakebed. When we leave, it’s a dry, empty pre-historic lakebed. What this means for you: