Area 51, Extraterrestrial Highway, and the Little Al’ie’Inn Nevada Road Trip

Guest author – Emily Sellers Wilberg

When I was invited to a birthday party to be held in Las Vegas I jumped at the chance to attend. Not because I’m interested in drinking, gambling, and strip shows. No, it was because Las Vegas is only THREE SHORT HOURS from AREA 51 and the LITTLE AL’IE’INN, which has been on my bucket list FOR YEARS.

Area 51 is a highly secretive Air Force facility in a remote area of Nevada, likely used to test classified aircraft. The secrecy of the site has led to many conspiracy theories and UFO folklore, including the rumors that the crashed alien spacecraft recovered at Roswell is stored there and that it is the location of current meetings between government officials and extraterrestrials.

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We flew into Vegas and headed north on route 375, also known as the Extraterrestrial Highway due to the high number of UFO sightings along this lonely stretch of road.  We DID see several UFOs and aliens. Here are a few:

I particularly like the alien and cowboy crossover.

We got to the “black mailbox” turn off right about sunset. I’m told there used to actually be a black mailbox there. It was a ten mile drive into nowhere- download directions before you go. As we drove, we noticed a truck up on the hill with somebody watching our approach.

Here is an actual photo of Area 51:emily 7

I wish.

The real sign says “Photography Prohibited” and “Use of deadly force authorized.”  Kind of anticlimactic. I’m sure we could have ramped up the excitement factor if we had gotten out of the car and tried to enter.

After leaving Area 51 (and a harrowing 20 minute drive when we wondered if we would find out way back to the highway before dark) we headed right over to The Little Al’Ie’Inn in Rachel, Nevada. It was everything I had dreamed about and more. (True Story: I dream about alien gift shops that have the BEST PIE EVER.) I was chatting up the girl working there; it is her family’s business and she has lived there all her life. Of course, my first question was “Have you ever seen a UFO?” and she immediately answered, “Yes……. But mostly military.”

The rooms weren’t fancy but instead just my perfect zone of quirky. They were a lot like a trailer. A trailer with photos of UFOs on the walls. But the STARS were gorgeous-  a perfect place for sky gazing and UFO watching. However, if you leave your room be sure to take your key so you aren’t locked out. It can be a chilly wait for someone to let you back in.

Thinking back on this trip, I would say that Area 51 and The Little Al’ie’Inn are must-see detours for any alien enthusiasts. This trip may have less appeal if you are over the age of 10 or not interested in UFOs. FOR ME, it was just about everything I had hoped it would be. The one thing I would do differently would be to stop at the ET Jerky place and the Alien Research Center on the way IN since they were not open as we were leaving.

The truth is OUT THERE.

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