Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Black Rock Station visitor contact center will open on April 20 for the 2014 season. The Station is just west of Gerlach, Nev., at the entrance to Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA).
The regular operating hours are Thursday – Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as staffing allows; the station is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“The Black Rock Desert is a remote and primitive area,” said Gene Seidlitz, Winnemuca District Manager. “The Station is an important stopping off place for visitors to get information that will help them understand and enjoy the area, as well as to become aware of important safety and survival tips.”
Visitors to the Black Rock Station will have the opportunity to learn about this beautiful area through interpretive panels and maps. Important safety information, as well as information of the cultural and natural resources in the area including wildlife, plants, wilderness, and recreational opportunities are also available.
The facility will be open through the end of October and will be staffed by BLM personnel. The Station also houses a fire engine bay, barracks, warehouse/shop, and small administrative office. A BLM fire crew will operate out of the facility from July to August.
This year James Schenck, Black Rock Park Ranger, will be providing visitor and educational services throughout the summer season.
For additional information regarding recreational opportunities and visiting the Black Rock area, contact James Schenck, at (775) 557-2503.