You can stay in a Cold War-era ballistic missile silo in Roswell near where “the UFO once crashed” for around $500 a night
YOU can stay in a Cold War-era ballistic missile silo near where a “UFO once crashed” for around $500 a night.
The missile base/bunker property – dubbed the “True Cold War Relic Atlas F Missile Silo/Bunker” – is located in Roswell, New Mexico.
According to Airbnb Listingwhich has been rated 4.98 stars, the property features an “underground launch control center and a utility tunnel that leads to the 186-foot-deep missile silo, with much of its original floors still intact”.
Gary Baker, the owner of the missile silo, explains on the property’s eavesdropping that visitors can “enjoy the former upper level of the launch control center as your private apartment with many books and exhibits showing the early days of our missile heritage as well as a full living room.”
The room offered is a private room with two beds and a private bathroom.
“The owners live on the lower level of the old launch control center,” the listing notes.
The unique space, which has underground cell service and Wi-Fi, is surrounded by the high desert of southeastern New Mexico.
It’s also “just 18 miles from downtown Roswell and the World FAMOUS UFO Museum,” the listing explains.
The silo costs around $550 for one night, not including taxes and cleaning, service and occupancy fees.
However, it appears that a discount is applied to the total cost if the room is booked for at least seven nights.
The Cold War-era missile silo once housed an intercontinental ballistic missile as part of Project Atlas F, which began in 1962, KRQE reports.
The Airbnb owner told the outlet that there were once 12 such missile silos around Roswell, where Walker Air Force Base was located, and each cost $22 million to build.
Baker said: “It contained an intercontinental ballistic missile with a 4 megaton warhead on it.
“It took barely two and a half years to build them and two years to operate them.”
The 12 missile silos in the Roswell area were among 72 silos that were built across the United States for the same project.
Barker bought two of the silos for $55,000 each 25 years ago, one of which he turned into his home and the other is being renovated.
Baker, who first played in the silos in the 1970s while a student at the New Mexico Military Institute, initially thought of turning one of the silos into a museum.
He instead turned it into a bed and breakfast/Airbnb during the Covid-19 pandemic.
And it looks like he’s done a great job as an Airbnb host, as one visitor wrote this month, saying, “Don’t think, just book.”
The December 2021 review adds, “Yes, Roswell is a small town; but it offers truly unique experiences.
“The crown jewel being Gary and his missile silo. What an amazing experience. The space is indescribable, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”
Another review, submitted in November 2021, says the Airbnb space “is like staying in a museum.”
It reads: “When you arrive at this remote site, you will be greeted by the host and led into the depths of the renovated silo. It is clean and well decorated.
“Gary will give you an insight into the history of the site and step back to let you explore and experience it for yourself.
“He will be on hand if you have any questions. The place has modern amenities, cell service, and underground WiFi! Running water, a small kitchen, and a bathroom modern.”
Meanwhile, a top-secret nuclear missile silo in Arkansas has been converted into a luxury Airbnb designed to survive the apocalypse.
And a former government contractor turned doomsday prepper is selling homes for the end of the world after converting former missile silos into inverted skyscrapers where the rich and famous can walk through the apocalypse.
Larry Hall, 64, who began developing his first “Survival Condo” in central Kansas in 2010, now has several others in development across the United States, Europe and Asia.
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