Situated along State Route 375, Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway, the little town of Rachel offers visitors an experience that is truly out of this world. Adjacent to the legendary “Area 51,” Rachel is famous for its numerous UFO sightings.
Founded in 1973, the UFO Capital of the World attracts visitors from around the globe – and beyond. Drop by the Little A’Le’Inn Restaurant and Bar for one of their famous Alien Burgers and talk to owner Pat Travis about the latest unexplained sightings. There’s also a unique gift shop with a collection of UFO photographs to see.
For something a little more grounded, you can explore the nearby Leviathan Cave, Worthington Mountain Wilderness Area, dozens of abandoned mines and camps (including the Tempiute mine) and the Quinn Canyon Range, part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
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(Nevada State Route 375)
The highway stretches 98 miles (158 km) from State Route 318 at Crystal Springs northwest to U.S. Route 6 (US 6) at Warm Springs. The route travels through mostly unoccupied desert terrain, with much of its alignment paralleling the northern edges of the Nellis Air Force Range. The road originally traversed through what is now the northern reaches of the air force range in the 1930s, when it was previously designated State Route 25A and later part of State Route 25. The top-secret Area 51 government base is near SR 375, and many travelers have reported UFO observations and other strange alien activity along this road. Such stories prompted the state to officially designate the route as the Extraterrestrial Highway in 1996. The small town of Rachel, located near the center of the highway, caters to tourists, Geocachers, and UFO seekers with alien-themed businesses. Although the area receives some tourism due to alleged extraterrestrial activity, SR 375 remains a lightly traveled route.