2012 Nissan Quest LE: The E.T. Highway
April 21, 2012
A 39-mile stretch of Nevada highway 375 is known as the Extraterrestrial Highway. Stretching from Crystal Springs to the tiny town of Rachel, the E.T. Highway runs about 15 or so miles to the north and east of Area 51 and the military's skunkworks at Groom Lake.
None of that is visible from the road -- any road, for that matter -- but that hasn't stopped the locals from playing it up as much as possible.
There's an alien gift shop in Crystal Springs near mile 0.0. It was closed.
There's pretty much nothing to see between the two towns but miles and miles of desert. And a few scattered cows -- this is all open range.
I came across this guy during a short hike up the hill to take the previous photo.
satellite dish flying saucer is on display at the wide spot in the road known as Rachel.
Even though Rachel's bar was friendly, there's no valet service for "visitors."
And another thing: remote Nevada road signs seem to collect (and retain) stickers.
Exhibit A: the ET highway signs.
Exhibit B: A reinforced mailbox, the only "structure" for miles between the two ET Highway endpoints. Those aren't stickers on the stop sign, though. It's been thoughtfully decorated with a shotgun blast.
Exhibit C: closer to Vegas before the start of the ET highway.
Exhibit D: from the border with Utah during my Jeep-to-Moab run
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 12,117 miles