Symbiosis Gathering | Pyramid Eclipse

DOs & DON'Ts


Stay within the designated festival boundaries-- we are entering onto sacred land that has been closed to the public for more than a quarter century!

Keep in mind that being at the Pyramid Lake Reservation is a privilege granted by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and that the Tribe is a sovereign community with regulations and customs that I must respect during my time here.**

Maintain a small footprint and plan to pack out what I bring to the festival.

Anticipate a conscious, delicious and diverse assortment of vending items in our food, drink and marketplace areas!

Bring cash to the event- there are no ATMs onsite.

Be mindful that Wadsworth and Nixon are small, quiet communities and I should watch out for children and pets when driving through these towns.

Keep in mind that the last places to stock up on important supplies such as gas and toiletries is in the general stores located in Wadsworth and Nixon. The last places to stock up on camping supplies are in Reno and Sparks.

Bring my own equipment for showering and packing out graywater.

Grab a pair of solar-viewing glasses to be handed out at the event -- make sure you are ready to use them properly by reading the instructions on them and on the website!

Be mindful of containing all smaller, easily expendable items such as cigarette butts, lighters, ticket stubs, chewing gum, vitamins, candy, etc. that I may utilize or consume during my time at the festival.

Pack for a wide range of weather patterns-- Pyramid Lake is located in an arid, desert environment that is prone to dramatic temperature changes, rocky and uneven terrain, and expansive windy spaces

Understand that fireworks may be sold at the general stores in Nixon and Wadsworth. If I purchase these, I must follow the permit requirements and only use fireworks at designated Lake areas -- Fireworks are absolutely not permitted on festival grounds!

Spend some time exploring the surrounding areas of Pyramid Lake before or after the event -- Pyramid Lake features several breathtaking historical and natural sites that are designated for public visitation. To visit these sites, visitors need to purchase a Pyramid Lake Recreational permit located at the Nixon General Store.**

Take responsibility for my own health and safety at the event. Stay hydrated and nourished.

Leave the areas in my use even more pristine than how I found it.

Swim in the lake during designated hours-- an area up to 500 feet from the festival shoreline will be accessible for our swimming pleasure.

Bring a floatie if you’d like!

Make sure minors under the age of 18 are accompanied by a parent or guardian

Respect the land and its natural and historic sites.

Be supportive and considerate of my neighbors.


Bring boats or fishing gear of any kind

Bring bicycles of any kind --- the terrain is more appropriate for traveling on foot with a good pair of shoes.

Camp within 25 feet of the lake shoreline.

Stare at the sun for more than a second at a time -- even with eclipse glasses on!

Start a campfire, set off fireworks, or start a fire of any kind without a festival permit.

Bring a generator above 2000 watts in the car-camping area

Bring a generator at all in walk-in camping zones

Bring motorized vehicles for transport within festival grounds.

Use any recreational drugs

Bring Glass

Allow minors to consume alcohol under any circumstances.

Bring pets or animals of any kind

Disrobe in public - public nudity is not allowed on tribal lands!

Urinate or defacate in public.

Cause any permanent disturbances

Film or photograph the area for commercial purposes without applying for a Pyramid Lake Film and Photo Permit.
Apply here.

Harm the local wildlife

Litter or dump liquids of any kind on tribal lands.

Disturb any archeological artifacts -- If I come across any artifact in the form of human tools or remains I must refrain from disturbing them and alert a security person or festival staff member immediately of their location.

Climb, deface, excavate, or remove tufa rock formations from the site -- the tufa volcanic rock formations located around the area hold a special significance for the Paiute Tribe and should not be disturbed!

Disturb the American White Pelican in any way -- Pyramid Lake is home to a Great American White Pelican preserve which is considered vulnerable to extinction. Not disturbing these birds means avoiding any contact with them, preventing the use of any air traffic obstacles such as balloons, and not shining any lasers or bright objects in their direction.


The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe welcomes the public to use and enjoy the outdoor recreational areas of the Pyramid Lake Reservation. However, the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation is not public domain, and the use thereof is a privilege granted by the Tribe. This privilege may be denied or revoked at any time, wherein a person endangers the safety or property of himself, others, or who violates federal, state, or Tribal regulations or ordinances. It is understood that any violation of any law may result in civil or criminal prosecution. Further, any violation of Tribal regulation or ordinance will subject the violator to the jurisdiction of the Pyramid Lake Tribal Court.  Presence within the exterior boundaries of the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation constitutes a waiver of any claim or liability against the Tribe. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe does not waive its sovereign immunity. (---Pyramid Lake Recreational Permit)
Sunday May 20th, 2012
5:14PM - Start of eclipse
6:30PM - Maximum Eclipse
(lasting 4min 40sec)
7:36PM - End of eclipse