Nellis Range Information
Nellis Range map (kmz file opens in google earth. Given this time to load since it is 15Mbytes)
FAA Nellis Letter of Agreement
FAA handoff Garmin GDB3
FAA handoff GPX
FAA handoff Google Earth KMZ
Dreamland (NNSS) Nellis Letter of Agreement
NNSS Nellis Remotely Piloted Aircraft Memorandum of Understanding
NV65 Desert Rock Airspace
Desert Rock Airspace Garmin GDB3
Desert Rock Airspace GPX
Desert Rock Airspace Google Earth KMZ
GDB3 format files are for Garmin Mapsource. GPX files are more open
source and can be used by non-Garmin GPS. KMZ files are for viewing in
Don't cross into any restricted areas. They are either fenced off or simply marked by "orange poles."
Tikaboo Peak is one of the locations where you can view Groom Lake.
These links contain two trails. One to reach the staging area. The
other is the hike from the staging area to the peak. Several parking
locations are indicated as waypoints. The road is dirt suitable for
cars but eventually requiring SUV as you get near the end. If you have
a car, your hike will be longer.
Tikaboo Garmin GDB3
Tikaboo Google Earth KMZ
51Gate refers to the front gate of the facility at Groom Lake. You
really don't need a GPS to get there, but this does document the trip.
The road is dirt but suitable for cars.
51Gate Garmin GDB3
51Gate Google Earth KMZ
Bald Mountain is the main observation point for the Groom Lake
facility. This trail documents some of the roads that terminate near
the site. It really isn't suitable for navigation unless you want to
visit the border points in this same exact sequence. The road starts
out suitable for cars, but will eventually require SUVs.
Bald Garmin GDB3
Bald Google Earth KMZ
Range 61 is a live bombing range near Groom Lake. Note the word "live."
This means they drop real bombs on it,or shoot structures with
gunships. This range is fenced off. The road to the gate is suitable for cars, but bear in
mind it is not visited often. The intent of this trip is to view a
Groom Lake security camera. It is as close as you can get to one.
Drive the route to the end, then hike up the hill to your left. The
camera is behind the fence. It can be spotted on Google Earth as a
bright dot due to the solar cell reflector.
Range61 Garmin GDB3
Range61 Google Earth KMZ
Road Block Canyon is a route that leads to the now restricted Freedom
Ridge. There really is nothing to see here, but it is a part of
history. The road block is due to the Groom security forces dynamiting
some nearby rock formation, with the debris falling on the road. It
really isn't a road block for some vehicles, but driving over the rocks
is not suggested .There is a parking spot waypoint in the file. This is
a SUV trip. The waypoint "rbdanger" is to alert the driver that on the
way back from the road block, you need to turn to the left else the
vehicle will go down a small hill and probably not be drivable
afterwards. This hill is easily spotted on the way to road block, but
not easily spotted on the way back. Note that due to the remoteness of
this location, the border warning signs have been stolen. The orange
poles should still be there.
Roadblock Garmin GDB3
Roadblock Google Earth KMZ
Keno is a dirt airstrip used in training. This route leads to a hill
near the Keno airstrip. The road is strictly 4WD with offroad tires.
There is a small section that is pure rock which will shred passenger
Keno Garmin GDB3
Keno Google Earth KMZ
Dave Simms, AKA Control Tower Dave, was a Rachel local, now deceased.
This route leads to a hill he used that sometimes had Red Flag
activity. The hill is interesting from the standpoint that it looks at
the Ragged Ridge Facility, due west of the spot. Strictly 4WD.
Dave Garmin GDB3
Dave Google Earth KMZ
Brainwash Butte is a viewing location for the Tonopah Test Range. (The
name comes from Brainwash Cola, based on a tale from Tom Mahood.) The
road is dirt. It has been reached by cars, but 4WD is certainly better
if you don't have another vehicle with you. The waypoint "braindip" is
at a creek crossing. Normally this is dry except in the winter. Cars
may bottom at this location. Drive until the trail on the map ends (the
actual road goes much further) and then walk up the double track to the
butte. Since there are double tracks there, it is obvious some vehicles
have driven to the top, but the trail has some very large rocks.
Brainwash Garmin GDB3
Brainwash Google Earth KMZ
Mount Diablo in Nevada isn't much of a mountain. Never the less, it is
a main geographical reference point. There is even a DMA (Defense
Mapping Agency) marker on it. The hill can be used to view the Tonopah
Test Range, though you are very close to the main gate and TTR guards
are allowed to talk to visitors. However, this is public land and you
have a right to be there. Just don't expect them to bring out the
flying saucers if you are on this hill. The route is very close to the
border. Observe signs in the area. The border is mostly fenced off, but
a small area near the main gate isn't fenced off, but merely marked
with a boundary limit sign.
Mount Diablo Garmin GDB3
Mount Dialbo GPX
Mount Diablo Google Earth KMZ
Mount Irish loop is just a nice drive. Don't expect to see much on the
trip. Occasionally Nellis will park surface to air trucks along the
road (either real with the missiles removed or dummies). There is also
a radio facility on the peak.
Mount Irish Loop Garmin GDB3
Mount Irish Loop. GPX
Mount Irish Google Earth KMZ
Texas Lake is a dry lake that is/was used by Groom Lake for emergency
landings. The outline of the lake resembles Texas. Fighter aircraft are
often fueled above Texas Lake. The small hill at the end of the trail
has some petroglyphs.
Texas Lake Garmin GBD3
Texas Lake GPX
Texas Lake KMZ
Project Faultless was an underground nuclear explosion done by the
Atomic Energy Commission. It is one of the few explosions not on the
Nevada Test Site.
Faultless Garmin GDB3