About the Location
Meet the Amargosa takes place in and around the town of Tecopa, CA. This location allows us access to many of the more unique features that define the Amargosa River and Basin, including incredible scenery, places to visit, and access to rare and endemic species. It also is one of the few developed areas of the Basin, with hotels, campgrounds, and restaurants to serve MtA attendees.
The nearest major town is Pahrump, NV, and the nearest major commercial airport is Las Vegas, about 90 miles to the east of Tecopa.
Wind and other Weather
Last year we had scattered thunderstorms. The year before was quite warm. Typical weather for this time of year is not too hot, not too cold, not too windy, not too stormy. But, any of those things could happen.
The biggest surprise for people not used to spending time in the desert is often the wind. The forecast may seem totally clear and pleasant, but even a light wind can wreak havoc on a campsite left unprepared or a hat that is fitted a little too loose.
This is primarily an outdoor event, and as with any time spent outdoors, certain things must be considered. We won’t pretend to make an exhaustive list of everything to watch out for, but encourage you to be aware of what’s around you, be prepared any of the usual weather conditions, and drive safely on your way to and from the event!
There is generally no cell service in the Tecopa/Shoshone area. If there is an emergency, you will need to find a landline phone to call for help, or use WiFi calling if you have a connection. 911 service is available. The nearest hospital is in Pahrump, though more traumatic injuries would require transportation to Las Vegas.