Driving Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway: A Road Trip in Search of Aliens!

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Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway is a road trip unlike any other lined with quirky alien-themed attractions. Read on for a list of places you cannot miss on this lonely stretch of desert road!

If you don’t know what you’re looking for, Nevada State Route 375 may seem like an ordinary stretch of road, but for those who believe in alien life, this is a pilgrimage site better known as the Extraterrestrial Highway!

Located in south-central Nevada, State Route 375 spans a total of 98 miles between the towns of Warm Springs and Crystal Springs and it is punctuated by desert landscapes, empty roads, and a few quirky attractions worth a visit.

We started our drive from Alamo, where we had spent the previous night and after fueling up at a station with a giant green dinosaur (I thought we were looking for aliens here!), we began the journey north along the Great Basin Highway. 

This blog post is going to share some of the attractions we visited along the Extraterrestrial Highway as well as some travel tips for anyone want to do the same drive.

👽 If you want to experience the ET Highway but you don’t want to drive yourself, you can join this Full-Day tour from Las Vegas that will take you to all the alien-themed attractions!

Driving Nevada's Extraterrestrial Highway | Welcome earthlings sign at Little A'le'inn

Extraterrestrial Highway Attractions

So let’s dive right into this Nevada road trip itinerary by looking at the various Extraterrestrial Highway attractions you’ll encounter along the way! And yes, they’re all alien-themed. 

Stopping at ET Fresh Jerky for beef jerky on the Extraterrestrial Highway
Alien mural at ET Fresh Jerky

ET Fresh Jerky

Our first stop on the Extraterrestrial Highway was ET Fresh Jerky.

This is a snack and restroom stop with a sense of humour. The first thing that caught my eye was the giant billboard inviting you to, “Drop your toxic waste in the cleanest restrooms in Area 51”!

Inside we found an array of alien-themed snacks, including bottles of Martian soda, but we eventually settled for a pack of mango slices coated in chilli pepper and some Teriyaki Time Travel jerky. Other flavours included Most Wanted Cowboy, Hell Hole Hot, and Buffalo Blitzkrieg.

After paying for our purchases, we chatted with the lady who runs the shop and she told us all about the international travellers she’s met. We were her first Canadians of the day, and like all guests who pass through here, we were invited to sign her wall and leave a message for aliens.

Out front, we snapped some photos by the alien-themed mural. Judging by the looks of it, aliens like to blend in as cowboys around these parts!

Address: 12600 US-93, Hiko, NV 89017

Driving the Extraterrestrial Highway: A Nevada Road Trip in Search of Aliens! Driving the Extraterrestrial Highway - State Route 375 - in Nevada

Extraterrestrial Highway Sign

Loaded with snacks to last us the drive, we continued to our next stop of the day.

If you’re driving the Extraterrestrial Highway and you want some photographic evidence to prove you’ve done so, you’ll want to plan a quick stop at the ET Highway route marker.

There are a handful of these signs scattered along the drive, but the most famous of them all is at the intersection of US-375 and US-318 on the way to the Alien Research Center.

This sign has been covered in stickers to the point where you can barely make out the word ‘Extraterrestrial’ but it’s a classic roadside attraction.

You’ll also find a nice little picnic stop underneath the trees here, where you can enjoy your spoils from ET Fresh Jerky.

Address: At the split between US-375 and US-318

Visiting the Alien Research Center along the ET Highway

Alien Research Center

From there we continued to the Alien Research Centre which is hard to miss! Just look out for an airplane hangar with a towering, silver alien out front.

Unfortunately, the Alien Research Centre and the Area 51 container right next to it, were both closed on the day we visited so we can’t really tell you what you might find or what alien stories you might hear, but we tried peeking through the glass doors and it looks to be an eccentric souvenir shop with alien-themed gifts. 

The hours listed online say the Alien Research Center is closed Monday and Tuesday, and open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Address: 100 Extraterrestrial Hwy, Hiko, NV 89017

The new black mailbox along the Extraterrestrial Highway because the original was stolen.
Alien stone designs in the desert. These were next to the Black Mailbox.

The Black Mailbox

Once upon a time, the Extraterrestrial Highway was home to a mysterious mailbox that listed the names of two recipients: one large box for local rancher Steve Medlin, and one smaller box for Alien.

Then someone went ahead and stole it! 

While the original mailbox is long gone, alien enthusiasts have created a shrine of sorts where the original black mailbox once stood.

Today you’ll find a smaller black mailbox where people have stuffed letters, mementoes, and scraps of paper with home addresses…perhaps expecting an alien visit?

Other random items at the site include a folding metal chair, a farmer’s hat, beer bottles, bracelets and coins.

Some visitors have even gone as far as using pebbles to outline alien faces in the surrounding landscape.

Address: Mail Box Rd, Alamo, NV 89001

Visiting the Little A'le'inn in Rachel, Nevada
Self-parking for UFOs at Little A'le'inn

Little A’le’inn

We then hit the road again and continued towards Rachel, a tiny town whose claim to fame is the Little A’le’inn – a.k.a. the Little Alien, get it?

The establishment is part motel, part bar and part restaurant, and it draws quite a few intrepid alien seekers considering its remote location. 

As is to be expected, the Little A’le’inn has some serious alien-themed decor both inside and outside. 

Out front, we spotted a UFO-towing pick-up truck and a green alien welcoming earthlings, while inside we were surrounded by Area 51 warning signs and all sorts of alien-themed souvenirs. 

Address: 9631 Old Mill Rd, Rachel, NV 89001

Can you visit Area 51?

Area 51 is the one destination along Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway that is strictly off-limits!

In case you’ve never heard of it (though I doubt it since this is the worst kept secret in the US!), Area 51 is a United States Air Force facility and what goes on in there is highly classified.

The base’s real purpose is publicly unknown; the general consensus is that they test experimental aircraft but there are also plenty of conspiracy theories surrounding aliens.

No one can enter the facility and there are no tours for visitors, but that doesn’t stop people from driving the 12-mile dirt road to the gates (which is as far as anyone can go).

We did not drive towards Area 51 since we knew all we’d find were signs stating that neither drones nor photography is allowed and that “use of deadly force is authorized” if anyone dares trespass, so I would suggest you save yourself the trouble.

Address: Dirt road between mile marker 11 and 12 leads to back gate

#NevadaStories Road Trip - Sam and Audrey

Tips for driving the ET Highway

Now some final words of advice for driving the Extraterrestrial Highway:

  • Stay hydrated: The dry, hot climate can lead to dehydration quickly so always carry plenty of water.
  • Fuel up: This is a road trip across rural Nevada and you can drive long distances without seeing much along the way, so fuel up at a gas stop when you see one.
  • Avoid peak heat hours: I wouldn’t recommend driving the ET Highway in the summer (I think spring and autumn are better times), but if you must, try not to drive during the hottest part of the day, typically between 12 PM and 3 PM.
  • Talk to the locals: They are full of stories and strange alien tales and are more than happy to share!
Alien murals along the ET Highway

Final thoughts on driving the ET Highway

That concludes our little adventure along the Extraterrestrial Highway!

This is hands down the quirkiest and one of the most memorable road trips Sam and I have ever been on, and we had so much fun experiencing a side of Nevada that we didn’t know existed.

If you enjoy going off the beaten path and exploring quirky attractions, this road trip definitely fits the bill!

You can technically do this on a day trip from Las Vegas since it’s only 1 hour and 40 minutes to the starting point of this drive, but we were happy to tack it on as part of a bigger Nevada road trip.

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  1. says: Geneland

    We almost ran out of gas on this highway. If you go, fill up first. Oh and watch out for the free range cattle. If you accidently hit one you have to not only pay to fix your car but also pay for the cow!

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