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10 Military Bases More Secret Than Area 51

Area 51 is considered to be America's most secretive military base, but is it really that big a deal? If you look around, there are plenty of military bases that allegedly have more secrets than ol' 51 ever did.

If you ask most conspiracy theorists, Area 51 is one of the most secretive places in the United States. If you listen to the rumors, an alien spaceship crash landed here in the 1940s, and military personnel did autopsies on the bodies of the aliens that were recovered from the crash site. 

The military base has long been rumored to be a storage unit for alien spaceships, strange experiments, and even a home base for the "Men in Black." Spooky as can be, Area 51 is somewhat of a legend though it has been proven to be a real location. 

Heck, even Project Blue Book has seen some impressive proof and publicity in recent years. 

That being said, there are some military bases that are allegedly more secret—and at times, more sinister—than Area 51. Here are some of the bases that are allegedly more secretive than Area 51 is, and the rumors surrounding them. 


Over the years, a lot of UFOlogists have started to believe that Area 51 is no longer the primary holding place of UFOs or specialized military aircraft. These days, people are noticing that there is a nearby base that seems to have a lot of strange activity linked with it: S4.

This small base allegedly now houses the remains of alien wreckage. Considering how little it's been in the news or on online forums, it's definitely safe to say that this base is a bit more top secret than Area 51 ever will be. 

The Korean DMZ

Though this is technically a country border that has multiple military bases on it, the truth is that it still is worthy of being counted as part of this list. The Demilitarization Zone between North and South Korea has become globally famous as a real-life "No Man's Land."

This small 2.5-mile strip of land has become so heavily guarded that it's virtually impossible to travel through without threats of violence. Rumors of political escapees from North Korea abound, as do rumors of secret meetings between spies.

While some civilians do live here, no one knows for sure what the full story involving all that goes on here really is. 

Kapustin Yar

If there was ever a place that has a way of making Area 51 look tame, it's Russia's Kapustin Yar. Everything about Kapustin Yar is under wraps, even to the point that the local town, Zhitkur, was totally destroyed by the Russian government as a way to ensure that no one can see anything they aren't supposed to see.

Allegedly, everything that Kapustin Yar was meant for dealt with beating the United States during the 1960s space race. However, if you ask locals, it's a hotbed of alien activity. That being said, no one will ever know what's really going on there. 

China Lake

Area 51 might be one of the most well-known secret bases in the world, but that doesn't mean it's the only American base that has become legendary for its secrecy.

It's long been surmised that the United States government established underwater military bases that can be found off the coasts of the country. If you listen to rumors, these submerged bases are massive, with many being the size of small towns.

One such base allegedly exists under China Lake, and supposedly extends a mile underneath the surface of the lake. A story of the base, which appeared in the book, Hidden in Plain Sight, detailed the rumor of its existence in this chilling manner:

"As it happens, after giving a public talk a couple of years ago, I was approached by a man who had been a uniformed member of the United States Navy. We chatted for a while and when he mentioned that he had spent some time at China Lake my ears perked up.

I asked him if there was an underground facility at China Lake. He said that indeed there is, and that it is impressively large and deep. I asked him if he had ever been in it, and he said that he had, though not to the deepest levels. I asked him how deep the deepest part extended.

He looked at me soberly and said very quietly, “It goes one mile deep.” I then asked him what the underground base contains. He replied, ‘Weapons.’ I responded, “What sort of weaponry?” And he answered without pausing, “Weapons more powerful than nuclear weapons.”

We really don't want to know what those kinds of weapons are, judging from the soldier's reaction to that question. 

Pine Gap

Australia's own Pine Gap base remains one of the most suspicious military bases in Oceania. Not much is known about what goes on in Pine Gap, really.

However, the site has been discussed heavily among conspiracy theorists who claim that it's home to one of the most terrifying surveillance systems out there: ECHELON. This satellite system is the work of US and Aussie officials, and has been called the Joint Space Defencs Research Facility. 

Mount Weather

In the event of a major global emergency, it will be hard to find a place to hide. Nuclear warfare could easily wipe us out, as could biological warfare and a wide range of other threats we do not even know. 

The US government was well-aware of this, and that's why they created a massive subterranean fort in Virginia called Mount Weather. This is a secret base that is designed to withstand anything and everything. 

During the 9/11 attacks, Vice President Cheney was transported here. Not much is known what goes on during day-to-day operations, but it's often been rumored that a separate shadow government resides here to take place of the main government if calamity happens. 

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base definitely remains one of the more mystery-shrouded military bases in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. From what historians do know about this military base, Wright-Patterson was the place where the nation’s leading military scientists reverse-engineered Russian aircrafts during the Cold War.

Now that the Cold War’s over, the base still remains in operation. What they do there could be anything; the construction of a new spy plane or reverse engineering foreign tech could be likely.

Conspiracy theorists believe that Wright-Patterson is the location where scientists reverse-engineered alien technology. In particular, Hangar 18 has been called a hotbed of extraterrestrial activity. 

Fort Dietrick

Out in the middle of Frederick, Maryland, remains one of the biggest top secret military bases no one wants to talk about. Unlike many other bases on this list, it’s fairly well-known what goes on in Fort Dietrick. This is a military base that was specifically made to create biological weapons.

To date, this place is known for continuing experimentation using biological agents. What kind of agents they’re testing, and on who, we don’t know. Some believe HIV was created at Dietrick, and there have also been rumors of cancer clusters around the base. Either way, we wouldn’t want to mess with that stuff. 

Tolicha Peak Electronic Combat Range

We’re not even sure what “electronic combat” is supposed to be, but apparently, it’s a thing. And, whatever it means, this is the place where pilots get trained to deal with electronic warfare, from what is known.

That being said Tolicha Peak is really low-key, to the point that it’s nearly impossible to even spot on a map. No one talks about it, and not much is known. 

The Dulce Base

While all the other military bases on this list are verified as existing, this one is different. This base is so shadowy, so secretive, it's not 100 percent certain that it even exists. That being said, there have been many UFO sightings in the area, and it's pretty close to the Skinwalker Ranch

Located inside a mountain, the Dulce Base has long been rumored to be the center point of America's most terrifying experiments. Online rumors have leaked out suggesting that humans and aliens are working together on mind control experiments in the base. 

Rumor has it that the Dulce Base has seven floors, with aliens living in the bottom four. If you believe conspiracy theories, many people who have gone missing are found here and are used in experiments that range from gene splicing to parthogenesis. Some believe that humans are also being used as food for the aliens who are working in the base.

Could it be true? It's highly unlikely, but then again, no one knows what goes on in top secret bases anyway. 

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Rowan Marley
Rowan Marley

Rowan Marley is a 20-year-old sports enthusiast who hails from Brooklyn. When he's not hitting up a local Zumba class, he's drinking organic smoothies. That's just how he rolls.

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