The Black Mailbox

Hoping to have a close extraterrestrial encounter of your own? Thanks to its proximity to Area 51, the legendary Black Mailbox might just be your chance. Situated along Nevada State Route 375—also known as the Extraterrestrial Highway—the Black Mailbox has been a decades-long meeting place for extraterrestrial-obsessed road trippers to try their luck at eyeing a UFO or sending a message into the unknown.

Do you believe? A decades-long meeting place for the alien-obsessed, this storied landmark is a must-stop on any journey through central Nevada.

Ever since former Area 51 employee Bob Lazar told imaginative tales of top-secret government initiatives involving life from other planets, this remote stretch of road in central Nevada has attracted countless travelers hoping for an otherworldly encounter. In addition to claiming that he watched regularly scheduled UFO flights along what’s now known as the E.T. Highway, Lazar also brought tourists to the now-famous Black Mailbox as a meeting place, promising chances to spot alien spacecraft.

black mailbox open in the desert
The Black Mailbox

The not-so-lucky former owner of the mailbox, Steve Medlin, has lived and ranched in the area for years. Medlin doesn’t believe in aliens, nor has he seen any air traffic beyond U.S. military flights coming and going from the nearby military base. After decades of mail theft and vandalism, he moved his mailbox off the highway and closer to his ranch. It was soon replaced by the mysterious—and now-famous—Black Mailbox. 

Almost always adorned with stickers and scribbled messages, the Black Mailbox remains a drop spot for extraterrestrial communications. Plan ahead and pen a note to leave behind, or improvise with what you find in the car. Inside the Black Mailbox, you’ll find all kinds of alien offerings at any given time, ranging from heartfelt words and otherworldly trinkets to hats and cans of beer. No two visits to the Black Mailbox will ever result in the same experience.

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

Don’t leave fellow extraterrestrial enthusiasts in a lurch. Stealing the Black Mailbox wrecks the fun for everyone, and you never know what eyes in the skies may be watching…

P.S. The stargazing here? Outta this world. With almost zero nearby light pollution, dazzling sunsets give way to a blanket of stars, perfect for UFO spotting or astrophotography.

Know Before You Go

The Extraterrestrial Highway is a remote stretch of road and doesn’t see much traffic (often less than 200 cars per day). Be sure to fuel up before leaving Tonopah or Alamo, and remember that cell service along this route ranges from spotty to nonexistent.

The Black Mailbox lies between Rachel and Hiko at the intersection of State Route 375 and Mail Box Road. If you get turned around or have problems spotting it, be sure to ask the folks at the Alien Research Center or Little A’Le’Inn for help. And even if you don’t, be sure to swing through both of these see-’em-to-believe-’em E.T. Highway stops.

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Central, Nevada