Bureau of Land Management announces temporary closure of certain public lands in Jean Dry Lake Bed during Rise Festival

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Field Office announces the temporary closure of certain public lands in the Jean Dry Lake Bed area from October 7 through October 8, 2022. This action is being taken to help ensure public safety during the 2022 Rise Lantern Festival.

“This temporary closure controls access to multiple points of entry to the festival location to minimize the risk of vehicle collisions with festival participants and workers,” said Shonna Dooman, Las Vegas Field Office Manager. “The temporary closure also ensures adequate time to conduct clean-up following the event.”

The closure area includes the Jean Dry Lake Bed and is bordered by Hidden Valley to the east, Sheep Mountain to the southwest, and the right-of-way boundary of State Route 604. The entire area is closed to all vehicles and personnel except law enforcement, emergency vehicles, event personnel, and ticketed festival participants. Festival participants are required to remain within the designated spectator areas.

In order to ensure public safety, the following restrictions will be in effect for the duration of the temporary closure. Unless otherwise authorized, the following activities within the temporary closure area are prohibited:

  • Camping.
  • Possession and/or consuming any alcoholic beverage, unless the person has reached the age of 21 years.
  • Discharging or use of firearms or other weapons.
  • Possession and/or discharging of fireworks.                                      
  • Allowing any pet or other animal in one’s care to be unrestrained at any time. Animals must be on a leash or other restraint no longer than 3 feet.
  • Operation of any vehicle including any off-highway vehicle (OHV) and golf carts within the closure area, except along designated event routes to and from entrance/exit points and parking areas; or designated event vehicles and official vehicles.
  • Parking any vehicle in violation of posted restrictions, or in such a manner as to obstruct or impede normal or emergency traffic movement or the parking of other vehicles, create a safety hazard, or endanger any person, property, or feature. Vehicles so parked are subject to citation, removal, and impoundment at the owner’s expense.
  • Operating a vehicle through, around, or beyond a restrictive sign, recognizable barricade, fence or traffic control barrier or device.

Signs and maps directing the public to designated spectator areas will be provided by the event sponsor.

The above restrictions do not apply to emergency vehicles and vehicles owned by the United States, the State of Nevada, or Clark County.  Vehicles under permit for operation by event participants must follow the event permit stipulations.

Authority for closure of public lands is found in 43 CFR 8341, 43 CFR 8364.1, and 43 CFR 2932.

For additional information about the temporary closure, contact Kenny Kendrick, Supervisory Resource Management Specialist, BLM Las Vegas Field Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130, (702) 515-5073.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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