Athena Launch Complex | Wild Camping

United States

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Last Visited: 3 months ago
GPS: 38.94181, -110.07761
Altitude: 1322.0 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: No
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: No

Contributed By

Fabian Pickel

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If you ever wanted to camp beside an abandoned nuclear missile silo, here is your chance. Still can't believe this.

Several level spots right beside or on the concrete launch pads or infront of the control bunker.
Free, very quiet, good vistas. Gates on all sides are open, seems to be BLM land these days. Needless to say, the place has a bit of an aura of death.
The paved access road is a bit rough. Big rigs should watch out for the washouts (can drive around).

If you keep driving about 300m further than the spot marked here, you'll come to a fantastic spot outside the fenced area. Incredible 360 degrees views from a ridge, level concrete pad, space to turn around your rig.

Disclaimer: I didn't bring my Geiger counter.
Athena and Pershing missiles were tested here until 1979. From what I read online the area has been decontaminated (asbestos, uranium). There is a nuclear waste dump in town. On the web it said the soil right next to the pads was problematic, so maybe not the ideal sandpit for your kids or the dog. Also, asbestos concerns (and shattered glass) would deter me from popping my tent in one of the remaining structures or on that soil.

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Mostly as advertised, really really cool to check out. This was a missile test site, not a nuclear missile silo. The missiles were stood up and launched from pads, not stored to be launched in case of nuclear war. The military didn’t store uranium at this facility, that’s actually much closer to Green River on the other side of I70 where there was a refinement facility. No need to fear radiation here, we weren’t in the habit of radiating places where people live and work. Having said that this place was used and abused by the military for decades, be careful.

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Super cool abandoned test site. Went to the pad on top of the hill with great views of the valley check your weather for wind if you choose the top.

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Cool place to check out and stay!
the road noise from I 70 was very minimal, plenty of level places to camp and plenty of history to see. the coolest campsite is definitely the cliffside one up by the four electric poles, however it was so windy during the night that I drove down the hill a bit. three bars of Verizon LTE.

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Pretty sweet little spot. Amazing place to look around. Spent the night next to the middle delivery shed up top. It was a cold night of 5 degrees. True piece of military history.

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We didn't like this place!
Had a look around but moved on to find a better spot

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Very cool place.. It is a creepy place but awesome. We camped a few hundred yards away since I forgot my ginger counter.

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It’s at a beautiful location. Amazing place to fly drones as well with the abandoned buildings. A couple deep potholes yet able to drive around them. Thank Fabian for sharing this!!

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If you ever wanted to camp beside an abandoned nuclear missile silo, here is your chance. Still can't believe this.

Several level spots right beside or on the concrete launch pads or infront of the control bunker.
Free, very quiet, good vistas. Gates on all sides are open, seems to be BLM land these days. Needless to say, the place has a bit of an aura of death.
The paved access road is a bit rough. Big rigs should watch out for the washouts (can drive around).

If you keep driving about 300m further than the spot marked here, you'll come to a fantastic spot outside the fenced area. Incredible 360 degrees views from a ridge, level concrete pad, space to turn around your rig.

Disclaimer: I didn't bring my Geiger counter.
Athena and Pershing missiles were tested here until 1979. From what I read online the area has been decontaminated (asbestos, uranium). There is a nuclear waste dump in town. On the web it said the soil right next to the pads was problematic, so maybe not the ideal sandpit for your kids or the dog. Also, asbestos concerns (and shattered glass) would deter me from popping my tent in one of the remaining structures or on that soil.

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