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Area 69, also called the Restricted Zone, or the No Fly Zone in the game's files, is a highly protected and secretive secret military research facility in the middle of the Bone County desert just outside of Fort Carson, just north of the Lil' Probe Inn and south to Verdant Meadows airstrip. Area 69 is associated with the long-held rumor of aliens and UFOs in the game. So far there has been no solid evidence that supports these claims, but since its real life counterpart is the legendary Area 51, these rumors have not subsided. Some military vehicles like Hydra can be found here. It is a no-fly zone. If the player flies an aircraft above the area they might be shot down by the SAM sites. They will also be shot if they go near it. The player will gain a wanted level upon entering Area 69.

Nuclear Research Facility

The Area 69 is slightly based on the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and features numerous easter eggs related to the nuclear reactions theorized to be carried out at Area 51. The base includes a number of substantial and top secret departments for the development of nuclear weapons and discoveries. A thermonuclear warhead can be found in the base, which runs by a nuclear fission reaction and is a potential weapon for mass destruction. The warhead is enclosed in a non-bullet proof box. The supercomputers kept in the facility reference advance petaflop supercomputers at the NNSA, including old versions of Cray, Tianhe and IBM, major supercomputers used for nuclear development. Gamma irradiation chamber, located in the lowest level of the base is a reference to how gamma rays contribute and are used in nuclear programs. However, the chamber is a slight parody of the chamber used in real life experiments.

Autopsy Laboratory and Alien Research

A lot of autopsy tables can also be found in the base, this might be a reference to the Roswell Incident, in which Aliens were rumored to be autopsied. Players have theorized that the Green Goo was extracted from the the Aliens during their autopsy and the fact is supported by the fact that Green Goo can be seen in the Laboratory in the multiplayer version of the game. Oscillometers are also kept in the lab and it is likely that they were used by researches for measuring the changes in pulsations in the arteries especially of the extremities. Medical researchers also use a digital oscilloscope to measure brain waves. Players have speculated that these were used to measure the brainwaves of captured Aliens. These theories are cemented by the quotations of the speakers during the mission Black Project.

  • Could the owner of the alien culture in the diagnostics lab bridge kindly remove it.
  • Would the personnel working with the alien body, please put it away.
  • Personnel found stealing alien technology will not be invited on the next staff night out.

The Desert Building is rumored to have something to do with Area 69. If the player uses a map editor software, such as MeD, the building is listed as some sort of laboratory. The scientist model (wmosci), also mentions about Alien projects and the Pentagon. 

Underground Bunker

Marvin Trill claims that the government is manufacturing a UFO in a
Bunker area
bunker in the desert. Strangely, a large underground bunker is also located in Area 69. It may be plausible that the spaceship is being built in Area 69 itself. This is further cemented by a quote during Black Project in which the speaker cautions that,
  • Would the owner of a green alien saucer move it somewhere else, please?

Myths associated with Area 69


  • Inside one of the inaccessible underground labs, there is a crowbar resting on one of the tables. This is a reference to the video game Half Life, in which Gordon Freeman uses a similar looking crowbar as his signature weapon. This easter egg was added to coincide with the overall design of the base interior resembling the Black Mesa Research Facility.
  • The underground lab area of Area 69 can be accessed by driving a Freeway motorcycle onto the air vent and getting off the bike. The player will then fall through the vent and appear in the base next to the minigun.
  • The floor under the tables (table with the crowbar) is unsolid so it is possible to get inside the room by going into Blue Hell and flying up against that section of floor.
  • The name of Area 69 is another reference to the 69 sex position. For more information see 69.  
  • In the game's external files, the textures located inside Area 69 are called "a51_x", further cementing the Area 51 theory.  
  • In many areas both inside and outside the complex, Area 69 gives off a teal green to green lighting effect. While it is intentional, some fans believe this to be a reference to Aliens, or, at least, the Green Goo, thanks to the association with the color green.

Video Investigation

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Area 69 (Area 51) Inside Tour08:29

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Area 69 (Area 51) Inside Tour

GTA San Andreas Myths & Legends Area 69 Mysteries12:01

GTA San Andreas Myths & Legends Area 69 Mysteries

by DarkMythHunter

GTA San Andreas Myths & Legends - Number 69 HD06:51

GTA San Andreas Myths & Legends - Number 69 HD

by DarkMythHunter


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Start a Discussion Discussions about Area 69

  • Area 69 - Mysteries Uncovered

    32 messages
    • Its been open for way too long anyway xD
    • Monkeypolice188 wrote:Its been open for way too long anyway xD Agree.
  • Black Project

    26 messages
    • And that points at the FBI specifically how? Just asking, because people have a habit of believing ridiculous things without any coherent pr...
    • There's actually no proofs in game about Toreno's agency at all, so we can't exactly say "He's FBI/DEA". We can only guess

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