Latitude / Longitude:
4,840 ft (1,480 m)
Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
Rachel is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lincoln County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 54. As the closest habitation to the Nellis Air Force Range and Area 51, Rachel enjoys a modest celebrity, particularly among aviation enthusiasts and UFO hunters. North of the town is the Quinn Canyon Range, which has the ghost town of Adaven.
Rachel is over 100 miles (160 km) north of Las Vegas in the Great Basin desert, along Nevada Highway 375 (the “Extraterrestrial Highway”). The tiny town receives a substantial number of visitors and tourists, catered to by a small tourist shop, a 12-room motel, and an alien-themed restaurant and bar, the Little A’Le’Inn. Several unpaved roads near Rachel lead from Highway 375 across the terrain to the boundary of Area 51. Rachel’s resident population generally numbers around 50 inhabitants. Some of Rachel’s inhabitants are involved in ranching. Most of the year-round inhabitants live in mobile homes. Rachel has never had a post office. The children are bused to Alamo, Nevada for school.
Rachel was founded in May 1973 by a local alfalfa farmer named D.C. Day. The community was first known as Tempiute Village, and then later as Sand Springs. On February 15, 1977, the town was renamed Rachel after the first baby born in the valley, Rachel Jones. Sadly, Rachel Jones died on May 23, 1980. In memory of her, Rachel residents created a cemetery and memorial park. In 1980, the Rachel Baptist Mission, Rachel’s only church, began service in a donated mobile home. Since then, a part-time pastor has come to Rachel for religious services every Sunday morning.