If you are going to Black Rock City from Southern California, chances are you are riding through on Hwy 50 or US 395 / I-580. Welcome back to civilization!
Near the junction of Highway 50 and US-395 / I-580, you will find Trader Joe’s, Costco, Home Depot, Aloha Beer Wine & Spirits, WalMart and an odd assortment of sit-down and fast-food restaurants.
Further north, with US-395 / I-580 becoming Carson Street, at Clearview Drive is Save Mart on your left that is a regional favorite and, past the dealerships, on your right is Lowe’s Home Improvement, a very good place to get hardware and building materials.
If you want to bypass most of Carson and head straight to Reno and the playa, turn onto Fairview to reach US-395 / I-580. You will find the LED Store just on your right here on Fairview.
However, if you want to continue to shop or leisure through Carson City, continue straight onwards into downtown.
Further along, you will find another favorite supermarket, Raleys. Further, across from the Nevada State Legislature, Comma Coffee on the left makes a great cup and the decor may help inspire your theme camp. Wireless Internet is available.
The City Center Hotel allows RV/oversized parking in Lot #4 and the Nugget offers up a dirt-cheap 24hr coffee shop.
Further ahead, toward the end of Carson City, on your left will be another Save Mart Supermarket and then the US-395 bypass. Also nearby, down Old Hot Springs Road right off of US-395, Carson Hot Springs is close by. On your way to Carson Hot Springs you may also want to stop in at “Classy Seconds Thrift”. It’s a hidden gem in the thrift store world. Prices are extremely cheap and the staff is wonderful!
But wait! There’s one more major important place to note: Carson-Tahoe Medical Center. Turn left at Arrowhead Drive for any EMERGENCY MEDICAL care needs.
3770 US Highway 395 S – 775-267-2158 – map
3200 Market Street – 775-883-6415 – map
A to Zen Gifts & Thrift
1803 North Carson Street – 775-691-3945 – map
Open Tue-Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm (note open later Friday nights for A to Zen Open Mic Night!). A burner friendly small business that is filled to the bursting point with unique, nostalgic and interesting costumes, vintage clothes, art curiosities and more. A highly recommended experience of Zen!
Reruns Thrift & Consignment
1202 North Carson Street – 775-461-0547 – map
Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm. Reruns is a small family owned unique twist on the standard thrift, where classics are made new. Offering quality used clothing, some camping supplies, and other curiosities and antiques at reasonable prices. Tell them you’re a burner and get 30% off your entire purchase.
Friends in Service Helping Thrift Store
138 East Long Street – 775-882-6334 – map
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1pm-4pm.
411 Hot Springs Road # 1 – 775-841-7081 – map
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm
Bicycles & Bike Repair
The Bike Smith
900 North Carson Street – 775-883-3210 – map
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm.
Aloha Beer, Wine & Spirits
4555 South Carson Street – 775-882-5544 – map
Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Largest selection of beer, wine, and spirits in Carson City.
Ben’s Fine Wine & Spirits
444 East William Street – 775-885-9463 – map
Open Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-9pm. Good wine, spirits, and beer selection with some really good prices. Ben’s can special order anything you want for you to pick up on your way to the playa — call to find out more.
Coffeehouses – Wireless
Hospitals / Urgent care
Bently Biofuels Outpost and Convenience Store
1350 Buckeye Road, Minden – 775-720-0754 – 775-783-8038 – map
Open 8am to 6pm, Fueling Hours 24/7 with Credit/Debit. Bently has been VERY supportive of our community over the years. They providing E10, E85, B5, B20, and B99.9 fuels from recycled cooking oils at their store. You can get biofuel at the store or at Allied Washoe Petroleum in Reno. They are unable to offer deliveries to the playa this year.
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