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The Courier: What's the Courier's Mile? Is that where the Ashton missile hit?
Ulysses: My name for it. If you have a better one, you grant it - my choice in names won't carry past you and I.

The Courier's Mile is a location in the Divide in 2281.


During the Courier's trek through the Divide in 2281, in order to access the Ashton missile silo and reach Ulysses, they had to lift the lockdown by engaging the launch sequence for one of the nuclear warheads still stored there. It flew a fair distance away before executing an airburst detonation over an area slightly southwest of Hopeville.[1]

If Ulysses survives the confrontation with the Courier in his temple, and they meet again near the entrance at the canyon wreckage, he will tell the Courier about the missile impact site and reveal that he personally named it; he states that the name is merely a personal term of reference, and if the Courier has a different one, he won't challenge them over it.[2]


The area is distinguished by a wide crater befit with ruined cityscape. The radiation has irradiated the local marked men, as well as some deathclaws that roam the ruins. A RALPHIE poster required for the Feel Like a Kid Again challenge can be found by taking a right towards the area with irradiated deathclaws. It is above a desk in a ruined building.

Notable loot[]

  • Stealth Boy - On top of a destroyed box, located to the right upon first entering the irradiated area.
  • Blood-Nap - A unique Bowie knife, can be found sticking out of a street lamp in front of the entrance.
  • Several mini nukes - In containers within the central building, guarded by several irradiated deathclaws.
  • A Nuka-Cola Quartz - On the ground in the rubble that forms the barrier at the northcentral area of the map. It will be difficult to see before climbing up onto the rubble and looking down. When standing on the campfire in the western part of the marked men camp going straight northwest, it is located next to the table with the broken terminal and telephone.
  • Three high-tech gun cases - One left of the map center (next to the barber's pole by the entrance), the other two to the southeast. Contain high-tier weapons.
  • There is a random set of high-end armor inside a metal box in the very north part of the map, close to where the nuclear warhead is. The metal box is inside a destroyed two-story building to the right of the warhead, next to a fridge, emergency kits, med kits, and ammo boxes.
  • Two random weapon mods, and three weapon repair kits - Inside of a military shipping crate.
  • There are several ammunition caches in the area, containing thousands of special rounds.


  • A black outline of a person who was vaporized by the nuke is on the second floor wall in the southeast building. In reality, the opposite would occur. It would instead result in a dark area in the shape of a person surrounded by a lighter surface. These "nuclear shadows" are the result of the thermal radiation from a blast "bleaching" exposed surfaces. A person (or any other object) between the flash and the surface shields the surface from the effect, leaving a dark "shadow."
  • Entering this area for the first time will unlock The Courier's Mile challenge.
  • Despite first hearing the name from Ulysses (if he survives the final encounter) after completing the story of Lonesome Road, at any point after launching the Ashton missile, both locations on the map, the Courier's Mile and Path to the Courier's Mile, will already be revealed and named.
  • The area contains two warheads that are required for the Warhead Hunter achievement/trophy/challenge. One is located to the upper right of the rubble wall, very close to several irradiated deathclaws and the other is located on the lower left wall inside a camp of several irradiated marked men. Destroying these will significantly increase the levels of radiation throughout the area.
  • Irradiated deathclaws patrol the south side of the area, while the irradiated marked men stay mostly on the north side. They will not attack each other as they are both in the same faction.
  • The radiation levels in the center of the area reach beyond 25 rads per second. This also causes the marked men to regenerate health extremely quickly.
  • Most food and drink exposed outside are heavily irradiated, while those in the containers or carried by marked men are not.


The Courier's Mile appears only in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Lonesome Road.



  1. Events of Lonesome Road
  2. The Courier: "What's the Courier's Mile? Is that where the Ashton missile hit?"
    Ulysses: "My name for it. If you have a better one, you grant it - my choice in names won't carry past you and I. Lies along the road, running from the Hopeville silo... straight on to where the ground burns, and wind howls even stronger than here."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)