Fort Zancudo is the one and only military base in Grand Theft Auto 5, at least for the time being. It's hidden on the outskirts of Blaine County, San Andreas, and sooner to later, you have to visit this place.

Fort Zacundo is the location where you will find a P-996 Lazer fighter jet, a Rhino tank, or other military goodies. But do expect the "warmest" reception from the guards. You will earn a 4-star Wanted Level the moment you set foot in the base. Oh, and don't forget the rain of bullets and heat-seeking missiles. But once you do manage to survive, it'll be worth the risks. Here's the exact answer for in GTA 5 where is the Military Base and how to get in it!

Fort Zancudo - military base in GTA 5
Here's where you can find Fort Zancudo in GTA 5.

Where is the military base in GTA 5?

Fort Zancudo is said to be the real-world representation of the Vandenberg Air Force Base located on the central coast of California.

To locate this only military base in the game, open your GTA 5 world map then look for the North Chumash beach in Blaine County. From there, move a little bit south until you find "Lago Zancudo". To the east of that location is Mount Josiah and the small town of Harmony, just for double-checking.

Location of Fort Zancudo in Gta V Gps Map
This is where the Military Base is on your GPS map.

If you cannot find Fort Zacundo on the map, try switching to satellite. Look for a tip slightly indenting the shoreline. That's the quickest way to spot it. Mark the location on your map then head to your ride to get there.

Congratulations, you have found the Fort Zancudo Military Base in GTA 5.

Fort Zancudo Gta V Overview
Fort Zancudo is at the base of Mount Josiah.

How to get into the military base in GTA 5 Story Mode?

Now, after you have got the answer to the question of where in GTA 5 is the military base, let's get to the ways to get inside it.

As you can see, Fort Zancudo is surrounded by high fences and gates and is heavily guarded. However, there are certain ways for you to get inside this GTA 5 military base. Here's our suggestion:


You can get into the Military Base in GTA 5 by air. Use an aircraft, like a plane or helicopter. But please note that you'll get a two-star Wanted Level and a radio warning right after entering the base's airspace. It can quickly be followed by a four-star Wanted Level and guided missiles will start heading your way.

Attempting to land in the Military Base is not a good idea. Your best bet is to jump and open your parachute when you're close to the ground. Then, you will only have minutes to steal a military vehicle before you're shot to death by the army.

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You can choose to drop your way in from an airplane.

Fast Car

There's another way to break into Fort Zancudo. You can ramp yourself in with a fast and furious car in GTA 5. Just wander around and look for a nice hill or cliff near the fences. Ideally, you want to land in between the two outer fences, which line a concrete road that circles the entire base.

If you manage to get into this road without being seen by the gate guards, you can drive in without getting a wanted level. From here, there are several exits. One viable way is behind the vehicle hanger on the north side of the base.

Once you leave the concrete path,  you'll automatically get a four-star Wanted Level. But it will take a few moments before the army surrounds you. Make use of the time you have to steal a vehicle.

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Launch yourself inside with a fast car and a speed ramp.


Here's the trick to get into the military base in GTA 5 with a motorcycle.

The gate guards often move their fields of vision at the front checkpoint of the base. If your timing is right, you can drive a motorcycle safely through the front checkpoint if without getting noticed. Once you're in, you'll see an entrance to that same, safe concrete road on your right we mentioned above.

Tips: Make a quick save before you attempt to break into the GTA 5 Military Base, just in case. 

How does the military base work in GTA Online?

Much like in real life, the military base is dangerous territory in both GTA 5 and GTA Online. Fort Zancudo remains an off-limits zone, which means a 4-star Wanted Level and armed soldiers will be waiting for you. However, in GTA Online, the ground checkpoints are never open. So, if you want to get inside, you'll have to either hop the fence or take air transport.

In fact, GTA Online has now allowed you to buy your way in.

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There's nothing money can't buy.

The GTA Online Smuggler's Run update, released in 2017, added aircraft hangars to the game. And guess what, there are three purchasable hangars on the military base:

  • Fort Zancudo Hangar 3497 - $2,085,000
  • Fort Zancudo Hangar 3499 - $2,650,000
  • Fort Zancudo Hangar A2 - $3,250,000

If you buy one of these hangars, you'll be able to enter the military base without getting a Wanted Level. However, start firing a weapon or steal a vehicle, and you'll earn a 2-star Wanted Level and the military will attack you. Mind your manner or you'll have the run out of the base.

​GTA 5 military base secrets and myths

Here are some interesting things you may not know about Fort Zancudo in GTA 5:

  • There's a seven-story watchtower at Fort Zancudo with training classrooms and mini-flight upstairs, as well as a working elevator at the top. Take the elevator to the very top floor, you'll find a tower with several military officers monitoring and coordinating defense activities at the Fort. There is also a mini-gun on the top floor of the tower.
  • You may notice a fire station inside Fort Zancudo.
Fort Zancudo Fire Station Gta V
There's a Fire Station in Fort Zancudo.
  • The Military Base's location never shows up in the in-game map until you get close enough to its actual location.
  • If you get close to the outer fence of Fort Zancudo at 7 am sharp, you will hear the wake-up alarm going off for all the marines and cadets inside the base.
Fort Zancudo Gta V Guard Post
Find a way around the guards if you want to get inside in one piece.

That's all you need to know about in GTA 5 where is the Military Base and some fun facts about Fort Zancudo. Try to be careful entering the Fort if you wish not to be blown up by missiles. For more information, tips, and tricks regarding gaming, visit our website at

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