South central Nevada is sparsely populated. Traveler
services are adequate, but far apart. Don't let your
gas tank drop below half full. If you see a chance to
top off, take it. If you have trouble, stay with your
vehicle. Roads are regularly patrolled, and locals will
almost always assist a stranded motorist.
In winter, be prepared
for sub-freezing temperatures, especially at night.
Spring weather is mild, but may be windy. Summers are
hot, but temperatures usually don't rise above 100 degrees
F, making it cooler than Las Vegas. Fall is generally
ideal, with days in the 60-70-degree range with excellent
With regard to Area 51, much of the area
on the southwest side of the ET Highway (Nevada Highway
375) belongs to the Air Force. Don't go off the road
toward this area at night, and in daylight, heed the
signs warning you to turn back, and not to take pictures.
You may be arrested if you ignore them, and your camera
may be confiscated.
WHAT TO BRING
No matter the season, take plenty of drinking and radiator
water. Carry functioning jack, spare belts, and hoses
for your vehicle. Don't count on cell phones to work.
Take binoculars, compass or GPS transceiver, hat &
sunscreen, and good shoes or boots.
A'Le'Inn in Rachel rents modest rooms.
Tonopah is the closest town with several
motels to choose from. Consider camping
(nearly anywhere), or travel by RV.
Ride & Map
Two loop tours: From Las Vegas, take I-15 and US 93
to the ET Highway, then return via U.S. Highways 6 and
95. From Reno, take I-80 to Alternate US Highway 50.
Go south on US 95 to US 6, then east to the ET Highway.
Return the same way, or extend your trip down to Las
Vegas and back up via US Highway 95. Depending on route
choice and pace, the loop tour takes 2-6 days. An "out
and back" tour can be done from Las Vegas in a