Scenic photo of the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon NCA.

The NCA and the associated wilderness areas in northwest Nevada, covering approximately 1.2 million acres, were established to conserve, protect and enhance resources associated with the historic Oregon and California Emigrant Trails and surrounding areas for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations. The planning area was recognized as containing nationally significant historic trails, an absence of development, unique Great Basin biota, and significant cultural, archaeological, paleontological, and geographical resources. 

The Black Rock NCA Desert, a vast dry lakebed,  is one of the largest and spectacular playas in the world. The famous Applegate-Lassen Emigrant Trail, a section of the California National Historic Trail  that runs through the heart of the area, played an important role in American western migration and the California Gold Rush. 

Current Artist-in-Residence Opportunities:

Applications are now open for the 2022 Residency. Please apply by April 15, 2022.

Details and applications are available through the Friends of Black Rock – High Rock.

For more information on the Artist-in-Residence program, please contact Kathy Torrence, (775) 623-1576.

Point of Contact

Black Rock Desert-High Rock Emigrant Trails NCA
BLM Winnemucca District Office
5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd.
Winnemucca NV  89445

Kathy Torrence, (775) 623-1576

Featured Photos

"It May Swallow You Whole" - Devan Horton
Title: It May Swallow You Whole - Devan Horton 12x12 Inch oil painting of a cropped image of "Double Hot" Hot Spring

View the BLM Nevada AiR Flickr album for photos of art and AiR program participants.