Ranger Walk to the ManAll Black Rock Rangers and prospective Rangers go through a required annual training session in order to Ranger on playa that year. Prior to signing up for a training all prospective and current Rangers must successfully pass an online review.

Registration for 2018 Black Rock Ranger trainings will start appearing in the Ranger Secret Clubhouse in April. 

Ranger training consists of lectures, discussions, activities, and scenarios covering topics such as communications, conflict resolution, radio usage, and other skills that will give you the basics you’ll need to be a Ranger. Training sessions are offered across the United States and Canada across 30+ locations between May and August.

Prospective Rangers, Rangers who have only Rangered on playa for one year, or Inactive or Retired Rangers: You will need to take the full day of training.

Active Rangers who have Rangered on playa for two or more years: You will need to attend the afternoon portion of the training (though you’re welcome to come to the whole thing!)

Auditors: If you are interested in sitting in on a Black Rock Ranger Training, but don’t want to become a Ranger this year, please see our Auditing page.

Training logistics: You must sign up for training prior to attending—no walk-ins! Please arrive 20-30 minutes early so you’re ready to go. We especially encourage veterans to show up early so they can have lunch with newer Rangers. Please do not schedule something else for 5 pm, in case the training runs late. Be prepared to stay later for impromptu get-togethers, BBQs, etc. If you can’t make the whole training, you will need to plan to attend another one. Please do not sign up for more than one Ranger training per year.

  • Make sure to bring a notebook, a pen or pencil, lunch, water, snacks, chairs, and whatever else you’ll need to be comfortable in that particular location.
  • If your Ranger training is held at a regional or other special event, expect to be responsible for obtaining a ticket to get into that event in order to participate in training, unless you are told otherwise by the event or training organizer.
  • The Lead Trainer will email everyone signed up for the training all necessary logistical details, such as the address of the training, about a week prior to the training. You can contact the Lead Trainer for specifics if you need this information prior to that point.
  • If you need special accommodations at a Ranger training (e.g., ASL interpretation, wheelchair access, etc.),  please contact the Ranger Training Academy at

2018 Ranger Trainings

Information about training dates will get posted to this page as trainings are scheduled. Registration for 2018 Black Rock Ranger trainings will open in the Ranger Secret Clubhouse in April. All questions about the specific trainings should be directed to the Training Contact listed in the table below.

MonthDateDayLocationEvent or AddressLocal Contact
May5Sat.Joshua Tree, CAPrivate ResidencePeaches
May5Sat.Las Vegas, NVPrivate ResidenceLushus
May12Sat.San Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
May12Sat.Snowflake, AZSaguaro ManKitsune
May13Sun.Toronto, Ontario. CanadaPrivate Residence
May19Sat.Brooklyn, NYPratt Institute
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
May19Sat.Oakland, CAVulcan StudiosBelmont
May26Sat.Calgary, AB. CanadaPrivate ResidenceKomack
June2Sat.Silver Spring, MDPrivate Residence
June2Sat.Vancouver, BC CanadaPrivate Residence
June9Sat.Ottawa, Ontario. CanadaPrivate Residence
June9Sat.Salt Lake City, UTTBDGenius
June9Sat.Seattle, WAPrivate Residence
June9Sat.San Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
June9Sat.Bend, OR.Private ResidenceSinamox
June10Sun.Montreal, Quebec. CanadaPrivate Residence
June10Sun.San Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
June16Sat.Reno, NVMorris Burner HotelGemini
June16-17Sat./Sun.Los Gatos, CAWeekend CampoutLodestone
June22-23Fri./Sat.Napa, CAWeekend Campout
Private Residence, please note this training is on Friday.
• Facilitated ART of Captain Hook (10:00am Sat.)
June23Sat.London UKPrivate ResidenceCane_Toad
June23Sat.Los Angeles, CAPrivate ResidenceStrider
June23Sat.Seattle, WAPrivate Residence
June28Thu.Darlington, MDPEX SumerfestSplinter
June23Fri.Austin, TXPrivate ResidenceXtevan
JulyTBDTBDChicago, ILTBDPhantom
July7Sat.Black Rock Desert, NVRendezvous Point
July14Sat.Indianapolis, INPrivate ResidenceMaBells
July21Sat.San Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
July14Sat.Los Angeles, CA.
(Lake Balboa, CA)
Private Residence
July22Sun.San Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
July28Sat.Seattle, WAPrivate Residence
• Facilitated ART of Green Dot
July29Sun.San Francisco, CABurning Man HQ
August21 and 22Tuesday and WednesdayRanger HQ, Black Rock City, NVWork Access Pass/ Pre-Event Staff ONLY
If you've never Rangered, only Rangered one year on playa, or have Inactive or Retired Ranger status, you must attend BOTH days to complete the training. Active Rangers with 2+ years need only attend the second day.
August26Sun.Black Rock City, NVOutpost Berlin
This training is intended for those Rangers who have no other option for training other than on playa. Please attend a training in your area if possible.
August26Sun.Black Rock City, NVOutpost Tokyo
This training is intended for those Rangers who have no other option for training other than on playa. Please attend a training in your area if possible.

For additional questions about Ranger Training, please see the Training FAQ page.

If you have questions about the process of becoming a Rangers, check out the Application Process page. For general questions about volunteering with the Rangers, please contact