How to get there
Burning Man is in the Black Rock Desert about 120 miles north of Reno, Nev. From Reno, take Interstate 80 east for about 30 miles to the Wadsworth/Pyramid Lake exit 43 to Route 447. Go one mile to Wadsworth and turn left, staying on Route 447 north. It's 75 miles to Empire, where gas and supplies are available. Continue on Route 447 for one mile and take the right-hand fork, onto Route 34. Continue 11 miles to the Burning Man entrance.
The festival is held each year on the Nevada desert the week before and including Labor Day weekend. This year, it starts tomorrow through Sept. 5. The Man will burn on Saturday night.
Larry Harvey, 57, of San Francisco, organized the first event on a beach in San Francisco in 1986 and, as executive director of the Burning Man Project, has been running it ever since. According to the Burning Man mission statement, published on the website, ''Our intention is to generate society that connects each individual to his or her creative powers, to participation in community, to the larger realm of civic life, and to the even greater world of nature that exists beyond society."
How to get tickets
Internet ticket sales start in early January and end in late August. Tickets purchased early are somewhat less expensive (around $200) than tickets purchased during the summer ($250) and at the gate. Starting today, it is possible to buy a ticket to Burning Man only at the gate, for $350, though a limited number will be sold for $300.