Wild Lands of the West | The BLM, National Geographic Magazine: Burning Man Reveler

A woman in a leotard and hat with pink flowing scarf stands in desert on a bicycle.

A wildflower blooms in the dry lakebed of the Black Rock Playa Desert as California costume designer Jeanne Lauren braves a sandstorm at Burning Man festival in northwestern Nevada’s National Conservation Area.

Visibility is diminished as harsh winds blow up a sands over the performance artists. Over 50,000 people create an instant city that celebrates art in a unique counter-culture experience. Beyond Uncle Sam’s wheels is the vast salt flat or dry lakebed, and one of Earth’s flattest spots.