Crystal Springs to Rachel
The Extraterrestrial Highway begins at a rest area in Crystal Springs, Nevada, but you’d be wise to first take a quick detour to E.T. Fresh Jerky, where State Route 318 bisects U.S. Route 93. It’s less than one mile east, and it’s worth a stop for beef jerky in more than a dozen flavors, including hickory, lemon pepper, and honey teriyaki. The proprietors boast that it’s “out of this world delicious.” You’ll also find creative types such as ahi tuna and wild boar jerky.
Inside, there’s much more than meat products. Alien-themed souvenirs and delights fill the roadside store—even an alien fortune-teller machine. Outside, you can snap photos of the mural of four cowboy aliens.
Once back in the car, motor two minutes west on State Route 318 to the infamous sticker-covered Extraterrestrial Highway sign that officially marks the start of this alien-inspired drive. There’s plenty of room to pull over for a few quick photos.
Bear left for State Route 375. Now, it’s less than a mile to the Alien Research Center which is more kitschy gift shop than academic research facility. Here you’ll find—you guessed it—alien-themed T-shirts, socks, hats, and hoodies and even Alien Tequila.
From here, settle in for a fairly desolate, but quite peaceful, drive across the desert landscape. It’s another 38 miles until your next stop in Rachel (population 70). The speed limit is 70 mph on this lightly trafficked stretch, so you’ll be at your next stop in no time.