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Burning Gathering

Green Tortoise USA bus tours - Burning Man Radical Free Art Event

Burning Man Event Route Map - Green Tortoise

Black Rock Desert 2017 Departures:

7 Days Round Trip from San Francisco:

  • Tue, Aug 29 - Mon, Sep 4

These fares do not include your Burning Man Festival ticket. See the "Event Ticket Info" section for information about purchasing a ticket through us. The food fund covers all of your meals and is not optional.

Departure Times

  • San Francisco, CA - 9:00 AM
  • San Francisco, CA - 10:00 AM
  • El Cerrito, CA - 10:00 AM
  • El Cerrito, CA - 11:00 AM
  • Reno, NV - 4:00 PM
  • Reno, NV - 5:00 PM

Arrival Times

  • Reno, NV - 12:00 PM
  • El Cerrito, CA - 6:00 PM
  • San Francisco, CA - 7:00 PM

Black Rock Desert Camp-out: 7 Days

For over 2 decades, the Green Tortoise has had the privilege of being a part of the Burning Man community in the Black Rock Desert.

This is not a spectator event! Enrich your experience by actively participating and immersing yourself in this radical culture. Get some tips on how to participate!

Thank you for your interest in joining our camp at Burning Man 2016, we hope to welcome you into our family at Tortoise Town in the Black Rock Desert!

Here are some important points to consider:

Tickets to the event:

Call or email regarding event ticket availability.

Space available with us:

For a variety of reasons, we limit the number of folks we take; we ALWAYS sell out so book your spot now. 


We pride ourselves on giving back to the community on the playa and so should you!  But how, you ask?

For a creative exchange with other Tortoise Town campers, join our Tortoise Town team of volunteers on Facebook (contact us for the link) and collaborate before the event.

For current projects and volunteer opportunities, check the official event website.

To join in on making and delivering a large-scale art piece, contact us directly and we'll send you more information.

We will be sending out a sign-up sheet for our hugely successful Tortoise Town Stage, Hot dog n Lemonade Stand, and Kissing Booth to all our registered riders. (Look for the email in June, 2016)

Participation during the event is, of course, required and the possibilities are endless. Send us your reply and let us know how you plan to be a part of the community efforts - we are excited to hear from you!

Ready to book?  

Click on the "Check Prices and Availability" button on this page to pay the deposit.

Ticket sales here:

Over the years the event has grown and changed, and so have we! In fact, this is the one event that we do not advertise because we would like to retain our community atmosphere (we are thrilled that most of our campers have found us by talking to our current and past riders!) 

Our village at Tortoise Town is comprised of folks from many different countries and cultures.   As a member of our camp, you'll be a part of meal preparation, camp/tent set-up and breakdown, recycle/trash sorting and will have lots of other opportunities to volunteer and have fun!


Flexible Itinerary means that we may alter an itinerary depending on weather, local events, etc. Although we make every attempt to run our trips as advertised, please be aware that the itinerary may change to give you the best trip possible.

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