Our All-Inclusive service immediately starts upon your arrival by shuttle, car, truck, motorcycle or bicycle..... your automobile will be escorted to its parking space, where you will collect your belongings and head over to the registration booth only steps away.
If you are preregistered for Dancing Under The Stars you will be checked in and receive the appropriate bracelet that will identify you as a VIP or a Standard guest. Your bracelet must be worn for your entire stay. If you have not pre-registered you will do so at this time. There are no VIP same day registrations allowed, sorry. Photo Right: Stand up tent - queen size Air Mattress, Sheets, pillows and blankets.
DEC competitor: you will receive a special competitor's bracelet. There are absolutely no same-day registrations for the Dancers Extreme Challenge, sorry.
Camp Sites will be assigned at time of check-in. Location is a first come first serve. We will do our best to accommodate adjacent campsites where possible.
A scaled site plan has been drawn up and pre-approved by Pyramid Lake management. This means that everything has its place, right down to the medical tent, main office, water stations, all CAMPSITES and associated safety and security access routes.
All this simply means your camp/tent space must stay within the clearly assigned and designated boundaries provided you during check-in. Campsites outside their designated areas will be immediately moved; (strictly enforced, no exceptions)
If you only take one thing away from this page, it should be this section "the proper care and staking of your tent".
Tent Setup: IMPORTANT, do it right the first time, this is where you will reside for the next 3-4 days. Most common problems: Fallen tent's from improperly tied ropes or tent's being completely blown the beach because of inadequate staking. Real Stories: It's 3am, it's dark, you're tired from dancing all night, you come back to your campsite to find your tent blown over or blown away completely, how will that make you feel?
Bad Move: The stakes to the left are the standard 6"-12" wimpy stakes that come with most tents. Even the most expensive tents seldom come with stakes rated for sand use. Please do yourself a favor and leave these short plastic and smooth round stakes, that came with your tent, AT HOME. They will serve you no use in the soft fluffy sand at Dancing Under The Stars.
This is what you need: The stakes to the left of this text are what you need to bring with you. We have given you several options, with the home made rebar stakes being the least expensive and measuring at a minimum length of 24". The other two sand stake options are commercially sold items on the internet or large sporting goods stores like REI. They come in different lengths but you will want to purchase the long length, normally measuring in around 15" in length. You will notice that they are "FLAT". The flat edges and length allow these takes to hold in sand or snow. The cost of these flat stakes can range from $20 - $60 dollars for 4 (one each corner). The rebar option runs about $6 dollars for 4 (again you want to have them cut at a minimum length of 24".). Normally you can get a Home Depot or Lowes person to help you cut and bend the hooks required on end.
- Minimum stake length of 24", one on each tent corner - Rebar from Home Depot can be bent to the perfect length and plenty strong for tent stakes, they are also very inexpensive. The sand is deep and fluffy, this is perfect for a good night's rest, but does not hold a short or smooth stake well.
- Wind - This is another great reason for the custom long stake lengths mentioned in the bullet above. In the afternoon, the wind can pick up fairly quickly and literally blow your tent down the tundra without notice. Wind and proper staking goes for shade covering tarps, etc.; anything that can lift with wind.
- The 4-8 Inch stakes that come with most basic tents, "THROW THEM AWAY!!!!" These short stakes will do nothing to hold your tent in the fluffy sand. Are you seeing a common thread here? Special care must be taken to secure anything that can be blown by wind. You've been officially warned.
- Tent ratings: Tents are like boats, if you attempt to squeeze the number of people into a tent that it's rated for, you will be miserable. A good rule of thumb is to sleep half the people in a tent that's it's rated for. Remember you have luggage, elbow room and basic breathing room that should be accounted for.
- VIP - Just like a hotel room: It's OK for one person to buy a VIP package and let several others take advantage of the large walk-in tent. VIP tents comfortably sleep 3-4 adults including room for luggage. Just check in and head over to your pre-setup camp site. Every VIP tent includes one queen sized air mattress that sleeps two. Remember, VIP must be registered in advance - ABSOLUTELY NO SAME DAY REGISTRATION for VIP!