Near Landers is Giant Rock, a large freestanding boulder. In the 1950s through the 1970s, it was a popular gathering point for UFO believers. UFO contactee George Van Tassel built his Integratron in the Giant Rock area.
The area was also the epicenter of the Landers Earthquake, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake on June 28 1992 which caused considerable structural damage to the surrounding area, and one death, that of a six-year-old child. The image shown most frequently on the news was the complete collapse of the northern wall of the Yucca Lanes Bowling Center. It was later revealed that this wall was in fact a temporary one designed for easy removal should the building be expanded at a future date.