View Full Version : (NSR) The new "Area 51", Secret Squirrel pics...

07-03-2006, 05:15 AM
Yeah, I'm bored.

First, read the following article for background information on this shooting location:


Now that you have that long read out of the way...

Topographic map of area. Red circle indicates main complex...and the location where these spy photos were taken:

The road leading up to the complex:

The main entrance gate:

The main entrance gate, closer:

The gate was locked. Even though I didn't see a single "NO TRESPASSING" sign, anywhere, I decided not to attempt entry. Besides, it would be dark soon, and with thunderstorms in the dstance and the theme song from the "X-Files" playing in my head, the last thing I wanted to do was to poke around here after sunset:

Peering through the chain link fence at what appears to be an old storage magazine of some sort, or possibly the actual launch facility bunker:

View from the west side, looking east. The tall pole looks like an old antenna (HF-SSB???):

"DANGER BURIED"...something? Lots of these signs around:

Another shot of the main complex area, from the west side, looking east:

Appears to be an antenna tower that has fallen down. Power panel at the base. Not sure what the device in the lower left corner is, but it looks like some sort of old CRT:

Storage struture. Orange sign above door indicates that it was probably used to store explosive material at one time...like maybe liquid rocket fuel:

Oh, and I took this (almost night) shot of Spotted Wolf Canyon (San Rafael Swell), Interstate 70, a few miles west of Green River Utah:

-Astro, waiting for the black helicopters to circle over my house...

07-03-2006, 06:09 AM
Great stuff :D


Red Baron
07-03-2006, 07:29 AM
I've been there too - actually inside the fence, but the coolest thing in that area is a cold water geyser called "crystal geyser" located along the Green River about a mile from there. It was drilled as a test spot for oil, or something, and erupts twice a day, on a fairly random time pattern. It makes for some very cool photos, check it out sometime.

I did a long feature story about the Utah Launch Complex when Popular Mechanics called it the Next Area 51. It was used in the 50s and 60s to develop and test the pershing and athena missiles - they were launched from Green River and landed in White Sands, NM. There's a model of the missile in the city park in Green River.

A bit more info on your pix: the three storage buildings that look grey and dilapidated are now used as storage by the city of green river, but were once used to hold rocket fuel, ammo, and motors (one building for each). there were several launch pads at the site, I can't remember exactly how many but I think the red and white tower that is now twisted was part of the launch pad - the missiles leaned against it or something like that.

There are various large holes in the fence around the area that provide easy access - however the biggest danger in those buildings in broken beer cans and hantavirus from all the mouse crap - there's nothing of any interest left inside.

What I find most interesting, is that the military just put a padlock on the wall, picked up and left. the site is in "active reserve" status or something like that, so it could be used again, but I'm not sure what for. with i-70 running right next to it, and a town next door, you'd have a hard time getting permission to launch missiles again. oh, they used to close I-70 for the launches, I'm sure that would go over well now too...

07-03-2006, 07:50 AM
That I70 pic is money. Cool little snoop around.

07-03-2006, 08:06 AM
A bit more info on your pix:

Thanks for the info. Yeah, we could have gone inside, but I figured it would be a waste of time.

A few old pics of the Green River complex...courtesy U of U





07-03-2006, 08:11 AM
What camera were you using?

07-03-2006, 08:27 AM
What camera were you using?

Just an el-cheapo point n' shoot.

It was big, black, weighed a ton, and had something written on it...something like "My-can", or "Ny-Con, or "Dee-Too-eX", or something like that. ;)