Alien Adventures in Rachel, Nevada USA

GUEST ARTICLE: Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas? Then head off on a day trip towards Rachel, Nevada.

If you like interesting road trips with an odd twist to them, take US Highway 93 North out of Los Angeles and head out to Rachel, Nevada where they filmed part of the movie ‘Independence Day’.

Just remember to fill your gas (petrol) tank on the way out and then fill it coming back (otherwise you will be running on empty). Ash Springs 60 miles south of Rachel is the closest gas station .., there aren’t any other Gas Stations for miles.

Just when you think you are out there in the middle of the desert all alone with miles and miles of nothing to look at you’ll start seeing pockets of lush grass and trees … next thing you know you are passing Lake Pahranagat, a natural spring with a walkway along the spring you can walk along.

People fish here etc because it’s really nice and relaxing. It’s odd to see a spring out here with the contrast of the desert in the background. You can just sit out here and enjoy the quiet or take a lunch and sit at the picnic tables enjoying the scenery.

nevada highway 375 the extraterrestrial highway

Keeping on driving North on US Highway 93 and take a left on Nevada Highway 375 (the “Extraterrestrial Highway”). As you head into Rachel, you’ll notice signs on the sides of the road telling you to keep an eye out for free ranging bulls… Where they come from I don’t know?!

welcome to rachel nevadaWelcome to Rachel Nevada (by goforchris on Flickr)

Once you get to Rachel, don’t expect a jumping metropolis. It is a very small town and a small population of about 90 people… all the buildings are mobile homes but it is fun all the same…

There you’ll find the the Diner Little A’Le’Inn. The burgers here were delicious and worth just heading out there for a burger in the desert. In the diner you can sit at the tables there or sit at the long counter and enjoy your burger.

little a'le'inn rachel nevada

You can buy souvenirs in here of UFO’s (not that anyone has seen one), Area 51 or the town of Rachel. As you walk into the diner you see an Alien in the window.

There is a plaque outside given from the movie studio for thanking the town for letting them shoot the movie Independence Day here and UFO Parking Spots on top of a light pole.

If you want to meet a few of the locals – just head over to the row of mailboxes which is where people will congregate and talk whilst getting their mail.

If you are daring you can go down to Area 51, there is apparently security on the hills watching ‘tourists’ to make sure they don’t cross the fence line into government property and ‘apparently’ if you are caught you are given a fine – if you do damage to that property you apparently can go to prison for a year… I find it somewhat amusing… but we chickened out on being that daring…

I hope you enjoyed this little journey to the desert outside of Vegas.

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This article has been written by FlissandMike. Fliss is an Australian expat who lives in Florida with her husband Mike. They enjoy Geo-caching and visiting places in the USA which are off the beaten track.

If you’ve travelled somewhere off the beaten track, can write well and have good quality photos I encourage you to contact me and I’ll consider publishing your travel diary here including generous attribution and links back to your website as thanks for your contribution

6 thoughts on “Alien Adventures in Rachel, Nevada USA”

  1. Man you have to love little small towns like that. They are far and few in between!!
    Living in LA makes you appreciate stuff like that. We pulled over at every little town on our way to Texas last year.

  2. This is so cool. My friend and I used to drive out to Yuca Valley, CA. There’s parts there that are just all desert. We found, what we call a “metal cemetary” which was filled with old, rusted school buses. It was creepy because we were there almost in the middle of the night. Anyways, (totally got off track). I love this kind of stuff. Thanks!

  3. I heard that they are actually pretty serious if you get up to that fence and it is more than a fine. Maybe it is not as serious now that the alien they were housing has possessed Michael Jackson.

  4. I liked this post. I visit vegas alot, mostly for the great night clubs and casinos. Alot of people that know me, don’t know i love aliens and anything to do with them. Im pretty daring , so the next time i visit i will check out area 51.

  5. It just seems like little towns are more interesting then the big one. I mean they have to do something that makes them stand out from the big towns. I live in las vegas, i run a blog about the Sin City. But after reading this post im thinking of starting a blog about this town.. Great Post

  6. me and partner are coming to usa in june,2009 but neither of us can drive,any suggestions in getting there from las vegas.kind regards nigel uk

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