Dulce Base

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Dulce Base is an alleged joint human and alien underground facility under Archuleta Mesa on the Colorado-New Mexico border near the town of Dulce, New Mexico, in the United States. Claims of alien activity there first arose from Albuquerque businessman Paul Bennewitz.[1]


Starting in 1979, Bennewitz became convinced he was intercepting electronic communications from alien spacecraft and installations outside of Albuquerque. By the 1980s he believed he had discovered an underground base near Dulce, the story spread rapidly within the UFO community and by 1990, UFOlogist John Lear claimed he had independent confirmations of the base's existence. Political scientist Michael Barkun writes that Cold War underground missile installations in the area gave superficial plausibility to the rumors, making the Dulce base story an "attractive legend" within UFOlogy. According to Barkun, claims about experiments on abductees and firefights between aliens and the Delta Force place the Dulce legend "well outside even the most far-fetched reports of secret underground bases."[1]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Dulce base was the subject of an episode of the History Channel program UFO Hunters.[2]
  • It was also featured in an episode of Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.
  • Ancient Aliens Season 2, Episode 4 had a short segment talking about the brief history of the alleged Dulce Base and its impact on the Jicarilla Native American Culture.
  • Dulce base is also featured repeatedly on the series Unsealed: Alien Files and Unsealed: Conspiracy Files "Secret Alien Attack" Season 1 Episode 18.
  • The opening credits of the video game Half Life depicts the user traveling on a rail system, that travels from the top of a mesa (Dulce) to an underground base that is taken over by aliens.

In fiction[edit]


  1. ^ a b Michael Barkun (4 May 2006). A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America. University of California Press. pp. 111–. ISBN 978-0-520-24812-0. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Underground Alien Bases. Premiere Date: 03/25/2009". UFO Hunters Episode Guide. History.com. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gregory J. Bishop, Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth, Paraview Pocket Books, 2005; ISBN 0-7434-7092-3
  • Barkun, Michael (2003). A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-23805-2. 
  • Jerome Clark, The UFO Book: Encyclopedia of the Extraterrestrial, Visible Ink, 1998, ISBN 1-57859-029-9