The Black Mailbox
The Black Mailbox
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Jim T
Kenai, AK904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Located on the Extraterrestrial Highway, between the Little A'Le'Inn and Alien Research Center, there is a turnout that appears to be perhaps a driveway heading back to some buildings in the distance. The only thing that stands out is the “black mailbox”. Originally black then pai ted white and currently replaced with a blavk one once again, this box has become internationally known as a hotspot for communicating with Aliens near Area 51. The Black Mailbox is known as a meeting place, promising chances to spot alien spacecraft.

The original box was for the Medlin Ranch. As of Feb. 2021 the ranch was listed for sale for $4.5 million. It sits on 80 acres, and for many, it's as close to Area 51 as they're ever going to get. It is the only cattle ranch that is directly adjacent to the world's best-known military base.
Written April 13, 2022
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MNice
Bloomington, MN2,685 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Well, we drove the Extraterrestrial Highway light heartedly because we like to see off-beat stuff and this unbelievable unique environment. We stopped and took a couple pics at the mailbox, but honestly, there’s really nothing there and you might just as well blow by and spend a little more time in Rachel. We wanted to say something nice, but this is a skip.
Written April 14, 2021
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Cristian V
Sydney, Australia53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As the name implies and as you will have read, this is a letter box. There are lots of messages and notes inside and outside, but that's not the whole of it. The location is magical and given its surrounded by all the mystic of Area 51 and all those secrets is what makes it special. Its right off the Extraterrestrial Highway, but it is easy to miss it. It takes about 2 hours to drive here from Vegas, and its not far from here the Rachel to enjoy some more Alien themed fun and a great lunch. I have been here three times now (on my way to other places) and I always stop.
Written January 27, 2020
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Tracy D
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Icon loved it. It was a bucket list item so we were so excited we drove the whole circle to Death Valley. Would recommend if you are into this sort of thing. My family loved it September 2020 and a mailbox was there we added our stickers. Awesome.
Written December 8, 2020
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Bruceb7776
Henderson, NV9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Hi all,, I am UFO photojournalist. I usually visit the Black Mail box every 2 weeks, I got tired of seeing my tourtist with just looking at garbage. So i went and bought one from Amazon,,around June 2019.... any day of the week I can produce my receipt. So now I will maintain it as long as I am in the Henderson Area... if its torn down, i will buy another one. I am just a concern citizen,, thats all. I like the folk lure of Area 51,,, the mystery,, and what the hell is 27 dollars. We spend that every day doing nothing. So I am glad I can spread a little bit of a happier trip to out in the middle of no where. Enjoy your stay,,,in Rachel,, and go visit Lil Alien Inn just 19 miles North of Black Mail Box. Bob Lazard,, I am waiting to see some thing.... Bruce B
Written July 26, 2019
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Fulvio972
Turin, Italy230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Just an icone, but amazing. It is just a mailbox along the highway, but everyone stops. Myself included with dozens of pictures. The mail box has now been replaced by a new black one.
Written August 11, 2020
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Bruceb7776
Henderson, NV9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Hello All, thanks for posting all about the Black Mail Box. I originally put it back in service since Jun 2019. And today is March 6 2020. Glad to hear that so many people have enjoyed it. But folks, don't just go and take a picture with it.. look for UFOs. Take day images on high shutter speed say 1/4000th a second. You might find some thing in your photos that you can't explain. Shoot night time images. I been out there about 20 times and I usually come back with images I can't explain. Bald Mountain is the highest peak in front of you looking North. That is where they take pictures of you and your car. I am sure they know me. Follow the mountain edge 20 miles to the left and all of that is considered Area 51. Always take Area 51 images. I am a field investigator of UFOs. Some day hope to get a image of what I am looking for. Notes: Becareful out there, No Phone Service, its 20 miles either North or South to get phone service. Go South to Alamo for help. Always bring plenty of water, a full tank of gas, food, and first aid. Beware of sketchy people at night, have a exit when seeing cars coming upon the location. Its the real wild west out there. Black cattle may pass your way at night and you can not see them in the dark. Snakes do come out at times, so always beware. Night BATS come out at 10:30pm to eat insects around you and your car...they are harmless but they eventually fly away. Other than that enjoy.
Written March 6, 2020
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Monkebones
297 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
The mailbox is now gone. We happened to notice a pile of stuff next to a dirt road and stopped. You can see a post in concrete so we assumed that is where it used to be.
Written March 2, 2016
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Sharyn T
Melbourne, Australia112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
As part of a tour to Area 51 we got to stop and look at the Black Mailbox. Yep its a mail box and it's black. Had a few bits and pieces inside but that was about it. Still a lot of fun doing this tour and at least the mail box was actually there!
Written November 24, 2019
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sgteacher3
Sarasota, FL150 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Disappointing! This was one of the things we hoped to do on the ET Highway, but it's a private mailbox and has been taken away.
Written November 9, 2019
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