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Amargosa Valley is many things to many people. For those exploring alien life, Area 51, considered the world’s most famous military facility (and the inspiration for “The X-Files”), is in close proximity. Yucca Mountain Repository, once considered for storage of nuclear waste, is 14 miles south of the valley. For wildlife enthusiasts, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge features approximately 23,000 acres of wetlands with over 24 plants and animals unique to the area. Death Valley National Park offers the many opportunities to explore nature. The Amargosa Opera House and Hotel in Death Valley Junction, California has presented culture and entertainment in the area for almost 50 years.

Formerly Lathrop Wells, Amargosa Valley is located approximately 88 miles northwest of Las Vegas and 24 miles north of Death Valley Junction near Death Valley National Park.

Long Street Hotel exteriorAt the border of Nevada and California is Longstreet Hotel, Casino, and RV Resort, a full-service hotel and casino with a lounge, restaurants and a RV park. The resort is in close proximity to Death Valley National Park, Scotty’s Castle, Devil’s Hole, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Amargosa Opera House and Furnace Creek. For recreation, there is hunting, fishing, sand dunes and 4-wheeling. As for dining, Nebraska Steakhouse features fine dining and Jack’s Café is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Enjoy a cocktail in the saloon with panoramic views of beautiful and breathtaking sunrises and unforgettable sunsets. Longstreet Hotel, Casino, and RV Resort is located at 4400 Nevada 373 in Amargosa Valley. For more information, call 775.372.1777 or visit longstreetcasino.com.

Longstreet Inn For almost 50 years, founder Marta Becket of the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel performed until she retired in 2012. As a young woman, she danced at Radio City Music Hall and on Broadway. Married in 1962, Becket and her husband were vacationing in 1967 when a flat tire sent them to Death Valley Junction to have it repaired. They discovered the theater and the couple made it their home with their first performance on Feb. 10, 1968. She always performed, even to an empty theater, and was inspired to paint a mural of an audience on the walls completing the project in 1974. Becket’s final performance was “The Sitting Down Show.” While she no longer performs, the show “Martha Becket’s Ballet Pantomimes” is still presented through May. For more information, call 760.852.4441 or amargosa-opera-house.com.

LITTLE ALEINN Travel along the Extraterrestrial Highway and arrive at very remote, Little A’le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada. The location for documentaries and movies including “Independence Day,” the theme is aliens with a gift shop, tours and the yummy Alien Burger available at the inn. For more info, call 775.729.2515 or visit littlealeinn.com.

Whether into aliens, nature, outdoor recreation or a secretive getaway, Armagosa Valley is the perfect staycation for residents of Southern Nevada.

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