👽 Exploring the Alien Attractions Near Las Vegas

The State of Nevada is known for a lot of things, including the iconic flashing neon lights and casinos of Las Vegas. However, there is another draw that brings in visitors from around the globe. The infamous Area 51, Extraterrestrial Highway, and other UFO attractions offer a quirky, fun, and unique experience not far from Las Vegas. If you’re interested in all things alien-related, here are a few spots you should check out.

The Extraterrestrial Highway

Route 375, also known as the Extraterrestrial Highway, takes you on a drive through the Nevada desert, where there has been an unusally high number of reported alien and UFO activity. It is well-known for remote ghost towns, unconventional roadside attractions, and locations of supposed UFO sightings. This stretch of road goes from Crystal Spring to Tonopah, and you can easily start your trip from Downtown Las Vegas.

First reassurance sign along southbound Nevada State Route 375 in Warm Springs, Nevada
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E.T. Fresh Jerky

You can’t take a drive down the Extraterrestrial Highway without stopping at E.T. Fresh Jerky for an obligatory road trip snack and some awesome photo opportunities. The life-sized alien mural on the outside of the building is just one of the things you don’t want to miss here.

You’ll find this remote store surprisingly full of people where NV-375 and US-93 meet. Of course, you can get “alien” beef jerky here, but you’ll also find other eclectic souvenirs, snacks, beverages, and gifts. Their selection runs the spectrum from Martian-poop flavored soda to gourmet dried fruit and olives. If anything, they offer clean restrooms and a place to stretch your legs during your Extraterrestrial Highway drive.

Alien Research Center

Although the name may give reason to assume this is an official place of scientific research, it’s actually an alien-themed gift shop in Crystal Springs, Nevada. While driving down the Extraterrestrial Highway, you can’t miss this quirky shop with its oversized alien statue and bunker-like building.

This is the place to visit if you’re looking for gifts or souvenirs, including alien backpacks, magnets, t-shirts, hoodies, socks, bottle openers, and more. There is also plenty of Area 51-related artwork and posters that are worthy of taking some pictures.

Another interesting fact about the Alien Research Center is that they claim to have nearly 50 UFO sightings in the skies just above the store since 2006. Just one more reason for alien-lovers to swing by for a visit!

Area 51

Area 51 in Nevada is one of the most concealed, protected, and secretive places in the world. It is believed by many to be the government’s covert operations surrounding anything related to alien life and extraterrestrial visitations. In 1955, it was thought to be where the government was hiding an alien spaceship, which was why the base was so heavily guarded. However, to this day, the claim is the aircraft that crashed near there was a weather balloon.

It’s important to note that Area 51 is an active military base and is not open to the public. In fact, you can’t even take pictures of the outside of Area 51, let alone enter the property. Still, it’s interesting to get close to the site and see the alien-related attractions nearby.

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Little A’Le’Inn (Rachel, NV)

Rachel, Nevada, is a tiny town with a population count of less than 100, if you can believe it. It’s also home to Little A’Le’Inn, a charming motel and bar that pays homage to extraterrestrials and everything else unworldly. Their bar/diner, in particular, is well worth a visit for its alien paraphernalia and photos, generously-poured drinks, and stories shared by long-time servers and bartenders.

You’ll find great backdrops for photos here, along with a remote ghost town vibe that makes you question whether you’re actually just a short drive from Vegas.

Tonopah Star Gazing

Tonapah is a former silver mining town in Nevada that is about a three-hour drive from Las Vegas. There is plenty to see in this town, including the Tonapah Historic Mining Park, the Victorian-style Mizpah Hotel, and Central Nevada Museum, but many people choose to visit Tonapah for its star-gazing reputation.

Tonapah has some of the darkest skies you’ll find in Nevada, away from the lights and distractions of the city. After nightfall, you can clearly see thousands of stars, planets, constellations, and the Milky Way without needing a telescope.

For alien enthusiasts, this is a top-rated spot to search for UFOs or any other unusual activities in the heavens. If you decide to make the drive out to Tonopah in pursuit of extraterrestrial sightings, try to plan it on a moonless night for the most visibility.

Alienstock Festival

Alientstock in Rachel, NV, just outside of Area 51, actually started from a viral Facebook event. A group of alien conspiracy theorists decided to join together to storm Area 51 to get to the truth behind the secrecy. However, it eventually evolved from the “Storm Area 51” efforts to become an alien-themed music festival in the desert.

Drawing about 3,000 people in 2019, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal1, the three-day festival was a success. Although there were plans to hold the festival again in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on future dates. Alienstock 2021 tour dates have not yet been released.

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If you’re heading to Las Vegas and are looking for unique things to do, some of these nearby alien attractions could be the perfect thing to take you off the beaten path. Downtown Grand in Downtown Las Vegas has everything you need to make your trip comfortable, affordable, and one to remember. Check out our special deals and perks for our best room rates and book your stay today!


1 Komenda, Ed. (21 September 2019). Area 51 raid: How a small Nevada town prepared for the worst. Retrieved 18 March 2021 from https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2019/09/21/area-51-raid-nevada-prepared-worst-alienstock-rachel/2405226001/

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