In the late 1940s, Frank Critzer, a prospector and desert dweller, excavated under the seven-story boulder known as Giant Rock, in Landers, California and constructed a dwelling consisting of several small rooms. A wooden structure, on a cement slab was built above ground and lead to the rooms below. The cement foundation is still there today. The underground rooms where filled in a number of years ago. Critzer was killed when the dynamite he kept in the rooms exploded. In the early 1950s, George Van Tassel built an airport and a small cafe on the site and lived in Critzer’s former structure. Van Tassel conducted weekly meditation sessions in 1953 in the rooms underneath Giant Rock and claimed that the sessions led to UFO contacts and finally to an actual encounter with extra-terrestrials. In August of that year he reported that a saucer landed from the planet Venus and invited him onto the ship.
In 1954, Van Tassel began building his now famous Integratron, after he says he received the instructions from the Aliens, during their visit to Giant Rock. George Van Tassel was one of the leaders in the UFO movement in the 1950s and held annual “Spacecraft Conventions” at Giant Rock for 25 years.
OVERNIGHT STAYS: While many visitors camp at Giant Rock, The Integratron is available for overnight stays. It can be rented by the hour, day, week or longer, for individuals or groups.
LOCATION: Giant Rock is located approximately 40 miles and an hour from downtown Palm Springs.
DIRECTIONS: To find Giant Rock, begin at the Integratron, which is located at 2477 Belfield Boulevard, in Landers, CA 92285. Giant Rock is 3.5 miles north of the Integratron by dirt road. The Integratron is on the corner of Belfield and Linn Road. Make a right on Linn Road and a sign will point you in the right direction.
Photos: The people on the left, pictured under the rock, are standing on the cement foundation of the former UFO house (above). Below is the Integratron.