This campsite rests on top of a small hill located less than two miles from the front gates of Area 51, and because of its proximity, it exists as one of the best camping locations for your first visit to the Area.
You will have a decent view of the night sky, but you are also guaranteed to get a visit from Area 51 border security, known as the Cammo Dudes. Don’t worry, you are well within public land, so their goal is likely centered around ruining your night vision with their high-powered spotlights.
Make sure you have plenty of water, food, and gas before camping at this location. Also, you might need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to make the short climb to the top of Campfire Hill; however, you can always park your car at the bottom of the hill and make the short climb to the top.
Directions: Take Hwy 375 to Lincoln County mile marker 34.6, where an unmarked-well-maintained-dirt road intersects with the Highway (37° 24.892′ N, 115° 24.586′ W). If you are using a GPS this road may be marked “Groom Lake Road” or simply “51 Road”. In either case, follow the road about 12 miles until you see a small fork go the right. This road dead-ends shortly in a cul-du-sac, and you will see a small hill to your left. At the top is Campfire Hill.
GPS Location: 37° 21.09606869728708 N, 115° 36.383056640625 W
Accessibility: Any two-wheel-drive vehicle in good condition should be able to make it to the base of Campfire Hill where you can easily walk to the top. You may need a four-wheel-drive vehicle if you want to drive the short road up the hill and to the actual site.
Amenities: None–it is just campsite at the top of a hill overlooking Groom Lake Road.
Distance from Area 51: 1.7 Miles
Distance from Rachel: 33 Miles
Distance from Ash Springs: 29 Miles
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