About Arizona-New Mexico Decompression


Come out to Witch Wells and BURN. AZBurners & the NM Burners are an an independent community of artists, musicians and interactive participation created by the artists who attend it.

We create community through creative interaction and a gift economy. We don't hire entertainment. You are the entertainment! Participation is mandatory-No spectators! Be yourself or be someone else! Decompression is what the participants create within the customs and courtesies of a gift economy and radical self expression.

The Gate will be open 24/7 starting Thursday October 20 @ Noon until Saturday October 22 @ 8p.

What to Bring to Decompression?


So what can you expect at Decompression

Radical self expression, spontaneous creativity, and unique social interaction. This happens within a gift economy and desert living conditions where you must provide everything you need to survive and nothing is for sale. You will see art work and performance not seen anywhere else.

Arizona-New Mexico Decompression, is about self reliance, self expression and creativity in an environment where we celebrate the differences in people instead of ridiculing them. More importantly, you as an attendee create what the event is. Individual and group participation and creativity is what Arizona Decompression is about.

Each person has unique talents-some of us don't define ourselves as artists, but everyone has some talent or skill to offer as a participant at this event. We offer you the opportunity to explore those skills and talents with us. Remember, don't come to be entertained... You are the entertainment!

Arizona-New Mexico Decompression is held on private property in a hostile desert environment with no food, water, gasoline or medical services nearby. The closest services are about 30 miles away. You MUST come prepared; we are NOT providing shelter, food or water for you to survive during this event. Evening temperatures are quite chilly, please remember to bring a coat, warm clothes and bedding.

Arizona-New Mexico Decompression is a gift economy. Commercial vending, advertising or offering any items or services for sale is prohibited.




Decompression now welcomes families with children at our events and hopes to continue this tradition in the future. Children are the future of our culture and we want to include them, educating them about our culture and art as they grow and become adults.

Those under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian at least 21 years of age to be with them at the gate when they check in.   Those under the age of 13 will not need to purchase a ticket but MUST be on the Will Call List. Make sure that you let us know scotto(at)burningman(dot)org the Gender & Age of your child.  All Will Call changes can be submitted to scotto(at)burningman(dot)org.

Please know if you bring your children, be prepared to supervise them THE ENTIRE TIME. Do not expect the community to watch your children for you. Parents are completely responsible for their children. We want your children to have fun and you are solely responsible for their well-being. If community issues arise with any participant of Decompression, the involved parties may be asked to leave by event organizers. This includes children and their parent(s)/guardian(s).

Indoor spaces are not open to children this year except by special permission because of food MOOP in the past. It is requested that children go to bed at a reasonable hour— this is up to parents, but the later it gets, the less child-appropriate some activities tend to be.

We would love to see a Kid Friendly Theme Camp. If you would like to be the organizer of such a Theme Camp please contact Scotto or Conchita.


Fire Policy


Please Read: Decompression Fire Policy
Fire is an integral part of our Burner community. At Decompression we encourage and support all types of safe fire art and overall fire appreciation. The following information and guidelines are designed to promote the safe use of Burn Barrels, Fire Performance Art, Burnable Art, and Flame Effects including Poofers and Fire Sculpture.

The integrity of Decompression heavily relies on having a safe relationship with fire. One slip up, mistake, mishap or oversight may result in very heavy consequences. Not only does it threaten the future of our regional event, it could seriously hurt or even kill a participant. Working with, handling, and dealing with fire should never be taken lightly. Please cooperate with Fire Safety Leads, Heliotropic Rangers, Event Leads, Camp Placement, the Art Team and the community at large when working with fire. We do not want to limit creative expression, but strive to keep our participants safe.

If you have specific questions about fire at Decompression, please contact either of the event leads: Scotto or Conchita or Fire Lead RJag




(Our Pets/Friends/Companions & Family Members) are welcome @ Decompression -  There will be loud music, explosions, and other noises that may be disturbing to dogs. Dogs pee and poop on people’s stuff. Anyone who brings a dog is expected to have it on a leash and be responsible for it 100% of the time.

  Dog policy (Our Pets/Friends/Companions & Family Members) are welcome @ Decompression
arrow Dog participants must be well trained and be on a leash at all times. The owner is 100% responsible for the dog's behavior, interactions with other dogs, other people, and with the land. Dog owners should know that if their dog bites, snarls, growls, or otherwise violates this policy (which will be left up to the discretion of Decompression leadership) that the dog and dog owner will be asked to leave.
arrow The best policy is to leave your dog at home; if you bring your dog to Decompression, your dog should be well socialized with other dogs and people. Be sure that your dog is compatible with large events like this - crowds, children, other animals, loud music, bright lights and most of all fire. If you do bring your dog, you are advised to keep him away from camps and parties with loud music and fire effects. Dogs' hearing are very sensitive and can be damaged by loud sounds.
arrow Each individual owner can bring no more than three dogs. Attempting to skirt this requirement by registering your dogs with more than one owner will be grounds for expulsion from the event.
arrow Each dog will be issued a numbered tag. Dog & Owner will be registered at the gate. If complaints about the dog are made, they will be written on the owner's registration page and Decompression leadership will be notified.
arrow Each dog should be brightly lit at night, for his safety and those around him.
arrow When unattended, the dog should be placed in an enclosure, pen, or inside a camper where it will be comfortable and safe. Dogs should not be left alone for long periods of time where they may be excessively barking or otherwise causing problems for neighbors.
arrow If your dog is found running around without YOU it's owner, being abusive to other dogs or people, or otherwise causing problems, a warning will be issued and depending on the severity, you and your dog may be asked to leave the and/or banned from bringing dogs to AZBurner events in the future. These decisions will be up to Decompression leadership discretion.
arrow Dog owners must immediately pick up their dogs waste. Please do not consider that it's okay to litter the land with it. It creates immediate problems for the event. Your pets waste should not be placed in the Portos which is for Human Bodily waste ONLY.
arrow The bottom line is that you must have your dogs under control and safely taken care of throughout the event. Bringing a dog to Saguaro man is a privilege, not a right. Think of it like bringing a baby. You must put your dog's safety and well-being (and the safety and well-being of other animals and participants) first and foremost in your efforts.
  BOTTOM LINE, dog owners need to have their dogs in control throughout the event! ! ! ! ! ! ! !




Arizona is a "right to carry state" - per Arizona Statutes ARS §13-3102-08: Citizens have the right to openly carry and travel with a firearm without a permit, and concealed with a permit. However due to the nature of this event, insurance regulations and consumption of alcohol by some attendees we ask that if you travel with a firearm that you leave it safely stored unloaded in your vehicle while inside this event. You may not carry or display a firearm as part of your participation inside this event.


Hand-held Lasers

Small lasers are cheaper and more powerful than ever before, which means they are more prevalent and can cause more of a risk to public safety @ Decompression. Hand-held lasers at burns have always been annoying, but they’re also dangerous. While lasers are not new to our culture, technological advances have made them inexpensive & powerful enough to cause permanent injury from distances up to 10 miles away.

The event known as Burning Man aka TTITD banned hand-held lasers in 2015 due to safety concerns when a Ranger on Burn Perimeter was blinded and permanently disabled because of a hand-held laser. Starting with the 2016 Decompression event hand-held lasers will not be permitted; please leave them at home. Do not bring them. Period.

Art Projects may employ mounted lasers or smaller hand-held lasers with Art Project Lead supervision and said lasers must stay with the Art Project at all times; these exceptions must have pre-approval from the Decompression Leads & the Art Council.

Use your common sense. Don’t point lasers at people. If you are caught with an unapproved hand-held laser @ Decompression said laser will be confiscated for the duration of the event.


Drugs and Alcohol


The use of illegal drugs and under-aged drinking is not condoned at Decompression. Please do not bring illegal substances or paraphernalia to Decompression. All county and state laws are applicable at Decompression. All attendees under the age of 21 will be issued a separate distinctive wrist-band.


About AZBurners


When attending regional functions at Burning Man, someone's home or at a remote regional event the AZBurners practice a few core values.

If you are new to our group we'd like you to take a moment and read the core values so you understand how we socialize as a group.

Leave No Trace. Pack it in Pack it out and clean up after your self. Leave nothing behind. Also we ask that you take the time to look around and be prepared to clean up something some other burner might have missed.

Respect for other people's property and that of their neighbors is an absolute necessity. Trashing someone's land during a gathering or tossing trash, cups, bottles and cigarette butts on the ground or floor is a big No.

Acceptance of other cultures and lifestyles is required. We celebrate the differences between us but in the end we are all Burners. Individuality and radical self expression is part of the culture of Burning Man.

Have respect for other people's personal boundaries. No means No. Just because someone is naked or partially so, does not mean they want to have sex with you, or that they want "Touch". You must treat everyone with respect and dignity even if we are silly looking and act weird.

Violent behavior against others is not permitted. If you have issues with someone leave the area or ask the hosts or Heliotropic Rangers to intervene and resolve the dispute in a non violent way.

You must always ask if it is OK to take pictures or video of naked people for personal and private use. You must never place those images on a public website without their permission.

It is never OK to sell images or video of regional events or publish images of our events without written permission of the event hosts, planners and people photographed.

We practice a gift economy. Offering items and services for sale at regional events is prohibited. Vending and commercial activity is not allowed.

No spectators, Participate...Don't Spectate. Create and share

Refrain from creating cliques. Obviously we all have close Burner friends we enjoy being with more than others. Include yourself, include others and you will make life long friends. Remember at one point we were all Newbies.