Known as the “UFO Capital of the World,” Rachel is located along the Extraterrestrial Highway (375) in Sand Spring Valley, 147 miles north of Las Vegas. Highway 375 stretches for 98 miles from U.S. 93 in the southeast to U.S. 6 to the northwest. The tiny town of Rachel is a popular stopping point for UFO fans hoping to learn more about the highway and the mysterious Air Force testing facility, Area 51.
The E.T. Highway earned its name in April 1996, thanks to the hundreds of claims of UFO sightings along the lonely stretch of road, which is close to top-secret Area 51. Even today, visitors and locals report seeing strange lights in the night sky. As a result, both the E.T. Highway and Area 51draw hundreds of curious visitors.
Day-trippers from Las Vegas routinely stop in Rachel before venturing off to hopefully discover the unexpected. The Little A’Le’Inn, Rachel’s local restaurant, bar and inn, is the ideal place to chat with residents about recent “sightings.” Try the Alien Burger, and while you wait, browse the gift shop and check out the unique displays of UFO photos on the wall. For visitors looking to make a night of it, the Little A’Le’Inn offers accommodations and a few RV sites with full hookups. Most of the land along the Extraterrestrial Highway is public land. There are no fences, and you can pull off the road and camp anywhere you like.
Rachel may be known for alien lore, but there are other points of interest to be found nearby such as historic ghost towns, petroglyphs and stunning desert scenery. The remote location makes for a truly spectacular night sky. In fact, the town was named Rachel after Rachel Jones, the first baby born in the valley. This is remembered each May in a parade on Rachel Day.