One of the most famous festivals in the world happens in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert every September (Burning Man), but what you may not know is that in spring the “playa” is a completely different world, especially this year! Aside from no crowds, epic winter rains have led to a rare occurrence, where the dry desert has become a literal oasis.
Instead of dirt ground, a whole lot of water is covering Black Rock—and that means you can canoe, kayak, and SUP the playa! Even the fairy shrimp are loving it; this species of shrimp comes to life only when the playa has water. Yep, it’s a water-full experience! In fact, all the rivers in Nevada are raging and the lakes are at the highest they’ve been in 100 years—that includes northern Nevada’s Lake Tahoe and Truckee River, and the Colorado River in southern Nevada.
HOT SPRING BONUS: May is a last chance for an adventure hike to hidden Gold Strike Hot Springs. The trail closes in June due to rising temps, and most of Nevada’s natural hot springs are too hot to enjoy past May.