Photography team Allie Leepson and Jen McClary find wide-open spaces—and plenty of roadside kitsch—in the tiny towns along Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway.
POPULATION CLASSIFIED FLY IN TO AREA 51 (XTA) KNOWN FOR CLOSE ENCOUNTERS PERFECT FOR TRUE BELIEVERS
THERE HAVE BEEN so many claims of UFO sightings along State Route 375, a quiet road in south-central Nevada, that in 1996, the government officially renamed it in honor of its alleged extraterrestrial visitors. Last June, Allie Leepson and Jen McClary drove the 98-mile corridor, documenting alien attractions in small communities like Rachel— the closest town to Area 51. “We’re fascinated with alien visualization in American culture,” McClary says. “Our trip actually coincided with the CIA’s long-awaited declassification of their UFO-related documents.” We want to believe. —ELIZABETH CANTRELL