MOOP Map 2017: High Resolution MOOP Map

Congratulations, Citizens of Black Rock!

The final BLM Site Inspection Report is still being finalized, but in the meantime we’re excited to be able to share the high-resolution version of the 2017 MOOP Map. You really all pulled together to fight the rise in MOOP, and it shows: This is one of the cleanest and greenest MOOP Maps yet!

Leaving No Trace isn’t just one of the Ten Principles of Burning Man, it is essential part of the responsibility and stewardship we all take for the Black Rock Desert, critical to our continued ability to return there. And as much as we like to share the stories of our incredible Playa Restoration volunteers, without the daily commitment that you make to leaving no trace at Burning Man, results like what you see below would never be possible.

Thanks to everyone who didn’t let MOOP hit the ground, and thanks to everyone who picked it up if it did. Thanks to everyone who walked a line sweep, MOOPed their camps, or helped with general city clean up. You are the true heroes of the playa, and the desert winds will forever whisper your names. But your mission doesn’t end here! This year, teach at least one other person what Leave No Trace means and why it is so important. You possess a weird and priceless skill! Share it with others, so that future MOOP maps will forever be as green as the one we are proud to share with you today.

Remember! The only thing necessary for the triumph of MOOP is that good burners do nothing.

See you all in 136 days.

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About the author: Aaron Muszalski

Aaron Muszalski

Aaron “Slim” Muszalski has been burning since 1995. As an artist he’s created such notable honoraria projects as Rubber Ducky (2002) and SYZYGRYD (2010). Since 2007 he’s been a member of the Man Crew, the DPW team responsible for creating each year’s Man effigy. After surviving stage IV cancer in 2016 Aaron founded Burning Wish, a community of survivors, caregivers and volunteers dedicated to making Burning Man more accessible to cancer patients and their loved ones. Learn more and help support Burning Wish at

18 Comments on “MOOP Map 2017: High Resolution MOOP Map

  • Zach Wasserman says:

    Why is it that the same camps *cough*Distrikt*cough* are bad on the MOOP Map year after year?

    Also, surprise surprise, Turnkey Camp land (8:30-9 & L) is real red. Just like usual.

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    • Vinny Robbins says:

      I was really bummed when we arrived at gate open, set up all night only to learn we were in what was marked on the map as unreserved, to find out it was an unmarked & not properly roped off theme camp. We, moved & ended up at 8:50 & K, right across from 8:30 & L, which was also supposed to be unreserved space… but was already filled with a giant plug & play camp. Who apparently gave zero fucks & made a huge mess.

      I applied & was denied placement because my camp & mobile bar weren’t big enough or interactive enough :/ We still had a blast )'( !!

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      • JR says:

        There is no such thing as free camping anymore. Same experience this year. Dead center of a free area on the map there was a theme camp placed there!! Got in right when the gate opened and between the early entry land grabbers and theme camps taking the open camping area, there was no where to camp. Was at 7:30 and J. Every year we get in at the same time and can get right at the closest edge to esplanade of the free camping zone.

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      • Peace says:

        Chances are those camps weren’t placed. The org doesn’t place plug and play camps. They did one year as an experiment and don’t anymore. However, plug and play camps stage themselves in Gerlach before the burn so they can be the first ones in once gate opens. They are coming in like any other burner, but have numbers and size on their side to make an impact.

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  • Dunryte says:

    Red Moon? More like Red MOOP!

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  • Maggot says:

    Note the absence of MOOP in walk-in camping. Year, after year, after year, we are the cleanest.

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  • Mitzi says:

    my camp is marked with two hot spots for the first time in our 20-year history. is there a way to find out what was found? i find it completely incomprehensible that we left anything at all… we have always been incredibly conscious and careful while on the playa.

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  • flook says:

    it was IMMACULATE when we left.

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    • Jonathan P Williams says:

      Same at our camp. We left on Sunday evening around 5pm. The lot was perfectly clean. We even have magnetic rollers to collect every possible moop. Some staff even saw us cleaning intensely and stopped by and told us: you guys are for sure aiming green! Apparently, when the moop operation was done, we even had bikes left at our lot. Some of these lanes between 8 and 9 had a lot of traffic for people to reach the exit line. We left early and that heavy traffic and people later that night or on
      Monday damaged the area when leaving, we weren’t there to prevent this. Good for us, we had videos and pictures of the lot right before we left showing nothing was dumped there.

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      • Peacheserratica says:

        Yup, it’s become almost essential to take photos and/or video before you finally leave, just in case someone decides to use you spot as a dumping ground after you’ve all headed home.

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  • BurningDaylight says:

    High resolution, but not quite high enough to read the names of the camps. I know where we were, but I want to know who some of the other camps are.

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  • Gary Crocker says:

    I’d like to see a MOOP map of the Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe area after all the burners pack out their trash and illegally dump it behind our commercial buildings and overflow our dumpsters with it.

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  • Ernie Mastroianni says:

    We talk about the Burning Man MOOP ethic in an upcoming article in Discover Magazine. Is it possible to license some cleanup photos and possibly the MOOP map from you?

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