Area 51 Tours
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The area commonly known as Area 51—officially Homey Airport (KXTA) or Groom Lake—is a highly classified United States Air Force facility located in the desert of southern Nevada. The site is the focus of a lot of conspiracy theories relating to UFOs and aliens and has become a tourist attraction, despite being a restricted area.
The Homey Airport base has been around since the 1950s, but it wasn't until 2013 that the US government acknowledged its existence as an Air Force training range. The base is the testing facility for planes, such as the U-2 and the SR-71. Visitors cannot access, or even get close to, to base, but the surrounding area still attracts a lot of visitors.
To see the area around the base and hear about the conspiracy theories that surround the place, head down Route 375, also known as the Extraterrestrial Highway; grab a bite to eat at the Little A’Le’Inn in the nearby town of Rachel; buy souvenirs at the Alien Research Center; and check for mail at the Black Mailbox.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The deserts of southern Nevada can be relatively cold in winter and quite hot in the summer; make sure to dress accordingly. You’ll want hats and other forms of sun protection at any time of year.
- Obey all posted signs and do not trespass; those who get too close to the base can be subject to fines, jail time, or even lethal force.
- Photos of Area 51 are not permitted.
How to Get There
Area 51 is located about 83 miles (134 kilometers) north-northwest of Las Vegas and can be visited on a day trip. The closest town is Rachel, Nevada. The facility can be approached from two directions: one near Rachel and the other about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) down Groom Lake Road, at the base of Hancock Summit. You cannot get within 15 miles (24 kilometers) of the base.
When to Get There
The Extraterrestrial Highway and other areas around Area 51 rarely get very busy. The weather in the winter can be relatively cold, and summer in the desert can be extremely hot and dry. Visit in the spring or summer for the most comfortable conditions.
The town of Roswell, New Mexico, is another major focal point for UFO enthusiasts. In 1947, something that the military identified as a weather balloon crashed nearby during a thunderstorm. UFO enthusiasts believed the object was a “flying saucer,” and a variety of conspiracy theories surround the place to this day. Visit to learn about the Roswell incident and other UFO phenomenon at the town’s International UFO Museum and Research Center.
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3 Tours and Activities to Experience Area 51
Discover Area 51 on this guided, full-day adventure from Las Vegas. Travel through some of the most desolate, uninhabited and scenic desert landscape in the world to witness this infamous location. See top-secret Janet Airlines at Las Vegas International Airport, the mutant Joshua Tree Forest, mysterious Dry Lake, plus alien petroglyphs, the Black Mailbox and more. Stop for lunch at the Little A'Le'Inn. Lunch, snacks, bottled water and a hotel pickup/drop-off included.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Watch for UFOs in the desert skies on a full-day, private tour from Las Vegas to Area 51, where you’ll explore alien lore, key locations, and extraterrestrial art. Since there’s far more to Area 51 than meets the eye, visiting with a guide steeped in the history of UFO sightings helps unlock the mysteries behind the secretive military site, and you’ll go right to the edge of Area 51 itself.
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