Will my cell phone work at the event? Where is the nearest phone?

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Cell phones do not work well at the event. There are no cell towers operating near the area that can handle the volume of calls necessary for our population of more than 70,000. You absolutely should not rely on it it for mission-critical communications after that.

Satellite phones do work at the event, but these can be quite expensive. The nearest “land-line” is in Gerlach. If you absolutely must leave the city to check in with the default world, we recommend using our BRC Gerlach/Empire Shuttle that leaves the city several times during the day and visits Gerlach and Empire (two small towns outside our event). The round trip takes about 2 hours and costs around $10/person. Entrance back into the city is through a special gate, so there is minimal wait in line to re-enter the city.

If you choose to use your car to drive to Gerlach, you will need to pay a re-entry fee ($20/person), you must wait in line with others entering the city, and you MUST have your ticket stub. The wait in line can be substantial as there is no express lane for re-entering private vehicles.