Wild Lands of the West | The BLM, National Geographic Magazine: Sand Clouds The Festival

Brown sand cloud covers people and statue in a desert.

Harsh desert winds swirl around a 70-foot plywood and neon figure shortly before it is ignited in celebration at the end of the Burning Man Festival. For one week each summer, the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada’s Conservation Area becomes home to one of Nevada’s largest cities, populated by tens of thousands of revelers celebrating art and counter-culture experience.