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Area 51

Nevada USA

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This location is on private property and is presented for information purposes only.

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This shouldn’t need to be said, but don’t try to enter the base. Historically, there were two ways to interact with Area 51 that won’t get you instantly arrested: Either visit the black mailbox (which is gone) or hike Tikaboo Peak, which offers the best view down into the area of Area 51. Obviously, I suggest Tikaboo Peak. You need an off-road vehicle, and then you’ll also need to be ready for a long and steep hike. At the top, there’s nothing but a video camera that’s probably watching you and adding you to some kind of a list, which is a pretty creepy and really cool experience.

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Please be advised: Area 51 is a private military institution and trespassing is neither tolerated nor condoned. Please, exercise proper judgement and common sense when traveling near here.   Area 51 (also known as Dreamland, or Groom Lake) is a military base, and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large military airfield. The base's primary purpose is undetermined; however, based on historical evidence, it appears to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. The Area 51 base lies within the United States Air Force's vast Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), formerly called the Nellis Air Force Range (NAFR). Although the facilities at the range are managed by the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, the Groom facility appears to be run as an adjunct of the Air Materiel Command Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, around 186 miles (300 km) southwest of Groom, and as such the base is known as Air Force Flight Test Center (Detachment 3). The facility is not a conventional airbase, as frontline operational units are not normally deployed there. It instead appears to be used for highly classified military/defense Special Access Programs (SAP), which are unacknowledged publicly by the government, military personnel, and defense contractors. Its mission may be to support the development, testing, and training phases for new aircraft weapons systems or research projects. Once these projects have been approved by the United States Air Force or other agencies such as the CIA, and are ready to be announced to the public, operations of the aircraft are then moved to a normal air force base.The intense secrecy surrounding the base, whose very existence the U.S. government did not even acknowledge until 29 September 1995, has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore. Everything that happens at Area 51 is classified Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). This security policy ensures that only those insiders with a "need to know" have access to only the information they require, and ensures that outsiders don't know what they don't know. Novels, films, television programs, and other fictional portrayals of Area 51 describe it—or a fictional counterpart—as a haven for extraterrestrials, time travel, and sinister conspiracies, often linking it with the Roswell UFO incident. In the 1996 action film Independence Day, the United States military uses alien technology captured at Roswell to attack the invading alien fleet from Area 51. The "Hangar 51" government warehouse of the Indiana Jones films stores, among other exotic items, the Ark of the Covenant and an alien corpse from Roswell. The television series Seven Days takes place inside Area 51, with the base containing a covert NSA time travel operation using alien technology recovered from Roswell. The 2005 video game Area 51 is set in the base, and mentions the Roswell and moon landing hoax conspiracy theories.

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March 11, 2016
Rated 1.0

Have been here 4 times and never have gotten in there is a very big fence surrounding the property and entrance was v difficult to locate. Do not know why they would make the entrance of an alien zoo hard to find if they ever expect to make any money. If anyone knows where the entrance is please send a picture with the entrance circled in orange thanks.

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  • 8 Helpful
July 30, 2019

10/10 would recommend if you’re tryna see them aliens. Going back September 20 to copp me one. 👽

8 people found this review helpful

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  • 13 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
May 29, 2014

enjoyed all the different conspiracy theories from my family while driving by the whole area on our road trip from fransisco to vegas!

5 people found this review helpful

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Tatiana Danger

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March 30, 2016
Rated 4.0

The Extraterrestrial Highway also has tons of supposed UFO crash sites along the way. Naturally, these aren't much to look at now (because, depending on who you ask, the government scrubbed the areas of evidence years ago or nothing happened), but maybe being in the area will improve your chances of a sighting. Keep your eyes peeled at all times! Most notably, Area 51 is just off the route. As a warning, it's illegal to trespass on the land surrounding the top-secret base.

3 people found this review helpful

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December 27, 2014
Rated 3.0

Lots of little gas stations selling UFO stuff. There is nothing around for miles and
It is worth stopping at the shops.

2 people found this review helpful

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July 27, 2022
Rated 5.0

Greatest place ever very fun for my 3 kids and husband to go with there was lots of gas stations selling UFO toys and other stuff

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  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 29, 2022
Rated 5.0

Rachel, NV is the closest town to Homey Airport, a.k.a Area 51, a top-secret Air Force base near Groom Lake in the Nevada Test and Training Range. Outside the perimeter is mostly BLM land, so there are plenty of boondocking opportunities, and the remote location makes those elusive lights in the sky easier to see.
My last visit was July, 2020, and at that time, the infamous ‘Black Mailbox’ was back (location:
Be sure to stop at the Little A’Le’Inn for a bite to eat and Area51 memorabilia.
This area is remote. Have plenty of water and fuel on hand.

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