RENO, Nev. -- A year after being placed on probation for drawing too many people, the Burning Man music and arts festival attracted crowds well within the maximum cap allowed by federal land managers.

Bureau of Land Management officials say the festival's peak attendance was 52,385 on Friday, down 1.7 percent from a year ago.

The agency established a daily cap of 60,900 for this year's gathering, which ends Monday.

The BLM placed organizers on probation and threatened to pull their license for exceeding the attendance cap at last year's festival.

The offbeat fest drew daily crowds of more than 53,000 to the Black Rock Desert on both Sept. 2 and 3 last year. A daily cap of 50,000 was allowed then under terms of its special recreation permit.

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  • The Man burns on the playa at Burning Man on the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev. on Friday August 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Andy Barron, Reno Gazette Journal)

  • People walk toward the temple at Burning Man near Gerlach, Nev., on the Black Rock Desert on Friday Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

  • A man with a creature mask walks the playa at Burning Man on the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev. on Friday Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

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    Artist Kirsten Berg cleans her art work on the playa at Burning Man on the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev. on Friday Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

  • An old wooden yacht art car rolls through the playa at Burning Man on the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev. on Friday Aug. 31, 2012 on Friday Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

  • A woman walks toward the man on a dust afternoon at Burning Man on the Black Rock Desert on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

  • People gather around an art intallation at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

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    People gather at the temple on Wednesday morning at Burning Man on the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev. on Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

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    An art piece named La Llorona rests on the playa at Burning Man on Wednesday morning Aug. 29, 2012 near Gerlach, Nev. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

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    Burners ride their bicycle through the streets of Burning Man near Gerlach, Nev. on Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

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    A young women hula hoops on top of bus while a band play music next to her at Burning Man near Gerlach, Nev. on Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

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    A band play music on top of a bus at Burning Man near Gerlach, Nev. on Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

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    Stephanie King of Little Rock, Ark. hula hoops to the music of a band playing near her at Burning Man near Gerlach, Nev. on Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

  • Dust Storm on the Playa, 2012

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  • Sunrise behind the Man, 2012

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  • TutuTuesday, 2012

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  • Love at Sunrise, 2012

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  • Ego Sculpture, Burning Man, 2012

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  • El Pulpo Mecanico

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  • Mobile disco lights

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  • Dancing the burn away.

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  • Temple at sunset

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  • Another shot of the temple

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  • Child's Play

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  • All aboard!

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  • Rumors of a dustpocalyse were highly overrated.

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  • My fiancee trying on the world's largest skirt.

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  • Boom goes the man!

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  • Firedevils dancing around the man.

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  • Burn Wall Street

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  • Bike Eating Face

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  • Safety Third

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  • Sunrise At The Temple

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  • Silvi Sunrise

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  • Inside of The Temple of Juno

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  • Reversed Roles

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  • tall conversation

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  • Hug Deli

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  • The Man Burns

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  • the man, burning in faces

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  • The Temple

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  • The Temple at Burning Man

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  • Entrance to the Temple at Burning Man

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  • The Temple at Night

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  • Playa Photo Shoot

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  • The Temple at Night

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  • Bikes

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  • Inside the Temple at Night

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  • Burner Bikes

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  • Shaman Tent

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  • Diety

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