Every time I visit Las Vegas, I look for a new and unique day trip away from the city. So, when I see travel Advertising a secret government base, aliens and UFO hunters, I decided to take a closer look. I don’t think much about UFOs in my daily life. I am aware that there are people who are fanatical about searching for them, and I remember growing up when public interest in UFOs was very popular. I know some mythical information about District 51 in the United States, but I have never delved into it.
This type It was planned to visit stealth planes, two entrances to Area 51, a salt flat associated with UFOs, the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada, a mysterious black mailbox, and an Alien Research Center. Even in Vegas this caught my attention!
Our small group of enthusiasts started our journey with a visit to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Janet Airlines is the name given to a fleet of classified aircraft that regularly fly military and contract workers to Area 51 and other military bases in southern California. There is a degree of secrecy with this airline and the workers who use it regularly. We were hoping to get a glimpse of one of the mystery planes. Surprisingly, with the help of our tour guide Art, we saw several parked on the asphalt in McCarran. We didn’t know where they were going or who was driving them, but Art’s stories about the mysterious airline deepened our interest in visiting the Area 51 area. It was an exciting start to a day of travel to extraordinary places.
The actual trip to Area 51 took us north of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 onto Nevada State Highway 93 and then into more remote terrain. The farther from the city, the towns and homes became less and less distant. Our journey took us to the Great Basin desert so desolate that the only sign of civilization was the thin strip of highway before us. After a short stop at a gas station, fast food restaurant, and grocery store in Alamo, Nevada, we drove further northwest onto State Highway 375, also known as the Extraterrestrial Highway.
We were warned that the journey to Area 51 would take several hours, so we settled in, talked about ourselves and shared some stories. I had the chance to sit in the seat to the right of the driver, so I enjoyed the beautiful view that opened up in front of me. The harshness of the desert and the towering mountains were unbelievably beautiful as we were constantly ascending. When we finally reached the area around Rachel, Nevada, we were ready to begin unraveling the mysteries of the area. Interestingly, what we saw was a series of unusual sites that may or may not be related. Overall it was informative, interesting, a little confusing but really fun.
Rachel, Nevada is a small, isolated town of about 50 people, mostly made up of trailer homes, a small gas station, a convenience store, a convenience store. trailer park, and Little A’Le’Inn bar/restaurant. There wasn’t much there. It gained fame mostly from UFO hunters, aviation enthusiasts, and people interested in secret government military bases.
There are several unpaved roads leading to the entrance gates of Area 51 near Rachel. When interest in unusual flying planes began to rise in the 1990s, people interested in the UFO phenomenon began to visit Rachel because it was the closest public city to here. area.
The Nevada Tourism Commission decided to capitalize on this new interest in paranormal activity and designated State Highway 375 as Extraterrestrial Highway in 1996. They hoped the mystery of renaming the road would draw travelers to this remote area interested in former atomic bomb test sites, mysterious military airbases, and possible UFO activity. Tourism promotion did not take off. Today, approximately 200 vehicles pass through this region every day. As we approached Rachel, we stopped by the Extraterrestrial Highway sign to take pictures. As expected, we saw little or no traffic.
Area 51 is a secret United States Air Force military facility located near the Groom Lake salt flat in southern Nevada. The setup’s claim to fame is that it has been associated with various conspiracy theories about extraterrestrial life. Officially, it is known as the flight test facility. Throughout the 1990s, legends about Area 51, strange-looking planes, and possible alien activity began to emerge from the area around State Highway 375.
Area 51 covers a large area and is not easy to view and access. There are some entrance gates, but they are on unmarked, gravel roads and appear to be mostly used for deliveries. Most workers arrive by plane. We went to one of the Gates of Area 51 near the town of Rachel. I didn’t know what to expect and was surprised that the gate we visited didn’t seem overpowered for a top secret government base. There were some intimidating signs, but overall the obstacles weren’t that extensive.
We stopped at Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel town for lunch. The restaurant/bar combination has been featured in various District 51 documentaries and films such as “Independence Day”. Since some scenes in the movie were shot near the Khan, in 1996 the producers gifted the town a time capsule located near the front of the Khan.
Inside the building were all kinds of memorabilia, lots of photos of various UFO sightings, and Area 51 memorabilia. Some locals were hanging out at the bar and overall it was a lively, interesting place. The people working there joked with the visitors and added a lot of atmosphere to the experience. I ate the famous A’Le’Inn Burgers for lunch. The taste is great and I recommend stopping by for lunch if you pass by this area. It is also worth noting that you will not find another place to eat for hours.
After a relaxing lunch, we drove to a nearby dry salt lake bed similar to Groom Lake in Area 51. Local stories on Rachel often associate UFO sightings with these nearby salt flats. I had heard about salt flats, but it was the first time I had walked into one and seen it in person. Interestingly, when we got to the salt flat, we had to place an orange road cone so we knew where to turn.
It was incredibly flat and had a solid, hard surface. In the middle of the dry lake bed, everything looked alike. It was very confusing and without the sign it would have been difficult to find our exit. I found all these new experiences much more interesting than I initially expected.
We visited a mysterious black mailbox not far from the town of Rachel on State Highway 375. What makes this mailbox unusual is that apart from this single mailbox, there are no mailboxes for miles on this section of the highway. The black mailbox, which probably belonged to a nearby rancher, became famous as a meeting place for UFO enthusiasts. Even more mysterious is that the mailbox usually disappears for days and then reappears.
It was there the day we visited and it was covered in stickers. The mailbox was not locked, so we looked inside and found notebooks and other documents. I flipped through the pages of the notebooks, but nothing made much sense to me. It was a great photo stop.
After a short journey we visited the second entrance of Area 51. This location became famous for the Storm Zone 51 campaign. On September 19, 2019, a small group of UFO enthusiasts were trying to find out what was going on at Area 51 near Rachel.
The result of this event was that the military built more barriers to the entrances. To me, this second entry still didn’t seem overly defensive. There was a mysterious SUV parked on a nearby hill. The guards who use these tools are often called the Men in Black. I’m sure we’re being watched, but I doubt we’re seen as a threat. On our way in, we passed a truck carrying some machinery for delivery. The truck parked behind us and our guide said the door wouldn’t open for delivery while we were there. This definitely added some mystery to our expedition.
On the way out we stopped to see some desert plants and take pictures of Joshua Trees. An hour later, we stopped at the Alien Research Center near Alamo, Nevada, which advertises itself as a clearinghouse for all things Area 51, UFO, Paranormal and Military. Seemed more like a gift shop for t-shirts and other UFO paraphernalia to me. It was in an old Quonset hut with a large alien statue in front of it. An exciting event that occurred at the Alien Research Center was buzz by warplanes flying in and around the valley. It was exciting to zoom in on the jets and try to spot them as they flew over and over again.
The long journey was a time to share stories and learn that many of the ideas and prejudices we have about Area 51 are probably mythical. I imagined an area as isolated as the one we visited could easily become a breeding ground for all sorts of mysterious stories. The addition of secret government military bases and vast open star-filled skies can provide plenty of fodder for any creative experience.
Overall, I was very satisfied with my day-long journey and would recommend it to anyone who wants to know the truth about it. area 51 and this remote part of Nevada. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any extraterrestrials or UFOs, and I haven’t been able to find out what’s going on in Area 51. I did not expect that I would do this. Honestly, my best memories were not of the supernatural, but of the breathtaking scenery of the high Nevada desert. I will always remember images of endless desert, high mountains, dry salt lakes and wide open skies.