Traveling 49.36 miles through Nye County and 49.05 miles through Lincoln County, Nevada 375 is a remote highway linking U.S. 6 at Warm Springs with the U.S. 93 corridor near Crystal Springs. Officially named the Extraterrestrial Highway, the state route arcs east and south around Reveille Way through Railroad Valley. Turning east across Queen City Summit (el. 5,935 feet), Nevada 375 bee lines across Sand Spring Valley to Rachel and the foot hills west of the Timpahute Range.
Cresting over the mountains at Coyote Summit (el. 5,591 feet), Nevada 375 continues southeast into the Tikaboo Valley then north across Hancock Summit (el. 5,592 feet) over the Mount Irish Range. The easternmost stretch traverses open desert of the Pahranagat Valley to Nevada 318 at Crystal Springs.
The "Extraterrestrial Highway" designation came in 1996 as part of a tourism campaign to hype the highway's connection to UFO sightings and the proximity to the top-secret "Area 51" military installation. The state route passes near the northern edge of Nellis Air Force Range, and also near Area 51, from the Lincoln County line southeast to the Pahranagat Range. Despite Associated Press photographs that showed the governor of Nevada proudly holding up a "Speed Limit Warp 7" sign, there were no such signs displayed along the highway. According to Oscar Voss, "the locals say that sign went up the day the road was renamed in 1996, but was taken down by the next day. The actual -- though lightly enforced -- speed limit is 70 mph."
Midway along Nevada 375 is Rachel, a small desert settlement of 54 (2010 census). The community is best known for the Little A'Le'Inn, a restaurant and motel with a UFO theme. A gas station in Rachel was the lone fuel available along Nevada 375. It closed by 2007, leaving a lengthy stretch northwest to Tonopah via U.S. 6 as the next fueling opportunity.
||An Extraterrestrial Highway sign for Nevada 375 appears at the northbound split with Nevada 318 by Crystal Springs. Photo taken 08/31/98. |
||The "Black Mailbox" is located off SR 375 by the perimeter of Area, 29 miles to the west of Crystal Springs. Local theories abound about what this box is used for. Photo taken 08/31/98. |
||Nevada 375 travels 49 miles west from Crystal Springs to enter the unincorporated community of Rachel. Situated at 4,950 feet above sea level, the remote town is located in Lincoln County near Area 51. Photo taken 08/31/98. |
||A variation of the Extraterrestrial Highway stands along side Nevada 375 north in Rachel. Photo taken 08/31/98. |
||The official web site of Rachel, Nevada lists the 98 human inhabitants. Photo taken 08/31/98. |
||Nevada 375 (Extraterrestrial Highway) ventures 59 miles south from U.S. 6 to Rachel. Photo taken 08/31/98. |
|The kitschy "Little'Ale'Inn" lies at the southwest corner of Nevada 375 and Old Mill Street. The inn provides the lone food and lodging service for travelers along the remote Extraterrestrial Highway. Photos taken 08/31/98. |
08/31/98 by Oscar Voss
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