Originally Posted by Parafango
Getting to Burning man may be easier than leaving..
That is a shot of a completely normal exodus from Burning Man, and the arrival day the City opens is almost that much of a crowd...
Also - there is the less than 4 miles of that type traffic. The multiple lanes are for arrivals, which require a person from each arriving vehicle - from 18 wheelers to bicycles - to walk to the ticket pickup area, and the tickets, including the separate ticket for the vehicle - must be in hand to enter the main area.
Every vehicle and person is assigned to a specific area. Several groups manage the parking in different areas. No FCFS allowed.
4 mile or less - it is 2 lane NV-34. Normal is 8-10 hours driving for the 90 miles from the Playa to I-80.
They've had their challenges over the years to control the arrival and exit.
Basically 80-90% of the people arrive within a 24 hour period, and 95% leave within an 18 hour period.
Many start heading out about midnight after the final fire, others at daybreak. Everyone except the final cleanup crew is supposed to be out of the BM city area before sunset.
The BLM and the local tribes set very strict time rules. This is not an area where open dispersed camping is ever allowed.
Muddyest? I doubt it.
They've had rains before. Never this much so late in the festival.
2013 "The Rally" in Syracuse NY was a big flooding disaster. As many as 300-400 rigs to each of all the different malls in the area. Much more rain.
About a thousand rigs, and some of the mall parking areas were four to six inches deep with rainwater most of the event.
I would be vastly surprised if Quartzsite had not had a large rain hit during the 40 year history of the show.
The number of people walking through at Hershey and the number of new rigs might be larger.
Quartzsite is small on new rigs, larger on additional RV supplies, customizations and such. And much larger on the number of rigs for people staying two to several days.
Hershey is a show to sell RVs.
Quartzsite is a gathering of RVers to share knowledge and joy of the RV experience. A Rally in my opinion.
Burning Man is a celebration of an alternative culture of sustainability. RVs are incidental. Were not desired for many of the early years.