I was heading back to Vegas for a business trip and one night I remembered the ET Highway, when I was looking for some good caches in the area. I was reading about the ET Highway on the Geocaching Blog a long time ago – so it all came back.
I had a weekend off and wanted to spend a couple of hours there. Not only because of Geocaching, also because it’s the Extraterrestrial Highway. In my younger years I was a big fan of the X-Files and conspiracy theories about aliens and UFO’s. Well I guess we all lived through that phase 😉
After pre-loading a couple of the caches I headed out there towards the start point on the southern end at the intersection of Highway 318 and 375.
The drive out there was kinda interesting to me, because I am not used to such landscape but there was nothing really interesting to see. Just a long and straight one way road all the way.
Near the 0001-E.T. cache there is a little gift shop. The place is called “Alien Research Center”. In front of the shelter is a giant alien figure and inside you can find some swag for Alien, UFO and Sci-Fi fans. Pretty cool store but it seems the store has seen better days. This cache is a large ammo box chained to the hiding spot, because the first box was stolen.
Inside you find a custom-made stamp just for this series of caches. I liked that a lot, because so far I had only this cheap one dollar random stamps you buy at a store. Also I was able to log a bunch of Trackables.
After that I headed north and logged a couple caches along the way. Since all the caches are to your right if you travel north, this would be the best direction to do this trail. The road is way to long to make it in one day just by myself and I arrived late in the afternoon. I just wanted to get started and especially take a picture of the road sign with “Extraterrestrial Highway” on it. Right in this vicinity there are two more caches but not directly related to the ET Highway.
The owners of this power trail, which consists of about 2000 caches, set up a website especially for this trail. There you find more infos about the trail, accommodations and tips and tricks you should do. The most important one: Make sure you always have enough gas to make it to the next gas station. According to my fuel gage I had enough gas to even make it back to Vegas, but I was not sure what will happen and I topped off in Alamo.
Maybe one day I will finish the trail, maybe not. Who knows. But it is a great challenge for sure 🙂
Anyone of you ever started or even finished this power trail? Let me know in the comments.