Nevada Test Site Tours

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The Nevada National Security Site (formerly known as the Nevada Test Site) offers Monthly Community Public Tours.

These tours are held once a month and are designed to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the site’s history, activities, and its role in national security. The tours accommodate 50 people and are operated on a charter bus.

Tours begin at the Atomic Museum where visitors learn about nuclear history through exhibits, videos, and interactive displays. The tour then departs the museum and travels 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas to the 250-mile wide test site.

The tour visits the following locations at the test site:

Mercury, Nevada: the location of Base Camp Mercury which provided office space and living quarters for civilian and military test personnel

Frenchman Flat: the site of numerous nuclear tests conducted between 1951 and 1962

Nonproliferation Test and Evaluation Complex: a specialized test and evaluation facility designed to support the research, development, testing, and assessment of technologies and techniques related to nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, and nuclear security

Area 2 Gun Turret: a facility used for testing the vulnerability of military hardware, such as vehicles, tanks, and other military equipment, to the effects of nuclear detonations

Icecap Site: the Icecap program was a series of underground nuclear tests designed to study the behavior of nuclear explosions in ice and to assess their potential use for defense and military purposes.

Sedan Crater: a 1,280 foot wide man-made crater created in 1962 by the detonation of a nuclear device about 635 feet underground

T-1 Training Area: a facility equipped to simulate various nuclear and radiological incidents, allowing personnel to train for a range of emergency scenarios involving radioactive materials

Apple 2 Houses: houses from a “doom town” (mock town) that survived the Apple 2 nuclear test in 1955

Tours are led by knowledgeable tour guides who provided information about the site’s history, significance, and ongoing projects.

Visitors gain insights into the scientific and technological research conducted at the NNSS beyond nuclear testing, such as nonproliferation, national security, and emergency response.

Visitors also learn about the environmental restoration efforts being carried out at the site to mitigate the impact of past nuclear testing.

Reservations for the tour are required and participants have to meet certain eligibility criteria. Visitors must be at least 14 years old and must be either a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident/Permanent Resident Alien Foreign National. Identification and proof of U.S. citizenship is required.

Operation Buster-Jangle, Nevada Test Site, November 1951

Items such as cameras, camcorders or tape recorders, binoculars, telescopes, cell phones, smart watches, Bluetooth-enabled devices (including pedometers), tracking devices such as Apple tags, iPad, laptops, and backpacks are prohibited.

Visitors are not allowed to pick up or remove any objects from the site, including soil, rocks, plant samples or metal.

Have you been to any of these tours? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of them!

Sources:
“Our History.” Nevada National Security Sites, nnss.gov/about-the-nnss/nnss-history/
“Monthly Community Public Tours.” Nevada National Security Sites, nnss.gov/community/monthly-community-public-tours/

2 thoughts on “Nevada Test Site Tours

  1. Russell Rougeau

    Greetings, I am interested in touring the test site as well as the museum. I am in a wheelchair, does that present a problem? I notice that proof of US citizenship is required, what form of proof is acceptable?

    Thank you.

  2. All-American Adventure Guide Post author

    Sorry Russell, I don’t have that info. You would have to contact the Nevada National Security Site to find out.

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