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U.S. Highway 95 North #1

U.S. 95 Highway Guide Index

Interstate 10 west and U.S. 95 north
Leaving the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, westbound Interstate 10 crosses the Colorado River and enters the state of California, Riverside County (Palo Verde Valley). This bridge was constructed in 1960 (widened in 1974) and initially carried U.S. 60-70 over the river. Note the wide shoulder and tall fence on the north side of the bridge. Photo taken 01/17/05.
Westbound Interstate 10 and northbound U.S. 95 approach the California Agricultural Inspection Station just after the Colorado River bridge from Arizona before the city of Blythe. The inspection station is in place to guard against infestations of insects and other pests that might negatively impact agriculture in the farmlands of the Colorado River valley, Imperial Valley, and Central Valley. Any fruit grown in backyards should be disposed prior to entering California to avoid infestations of fruit flies and other pests. Similar inspection stations are in place at all major entry points into California. Photo taken 01/17/05.
The through lanes for Interstate 10 west are blocked off by orange cones; all through traffic is required to pass through the California Agricultural Inspection Station. Photo taken 01/17/05.
An old Spanish mission theme is used for the agricultural inspection station, including a mission bell at the top of the station. Photo taken 01/17/05.
If you are planning to depart the freeway at Exit 243, Junction Historic U.S. 60-70, Riviera Drive (with a connection to Business Loop I-10, Hobson Way), be sure to stay in the right lane immediately after leaving the agricultural inspection station. This photo was taken from the left lanes of the freeway after leaving the station. Photo taken 01/17/05.
This "Welcome to California" sign is posted along westbound Interstate 10 and northbound U.S. 95 after the offramp for Exit 243 (Riviera Drive and Business Loop I-10). and the agricultural inspection station. Photo taken 01/17/05.
As is typical at most state borders, several guide signs provide basic driving laws that may vary from the laws of other states. This sign advises that autos with trailers and trucks must use the right lane except when passing slower vehicles. Photo taken 01/17/05.
Even though the two routes entered the state together, they immediately separate at Exit 241. U.S. 95 turns north along Intake Boulevard en route to Vidal Junction, Needles, and Las Vegas, while Interstate 10 continues west toward Indio, Palm Springs, the Inland Empire, and Los Angeles. Photo taken 01/17/05.
Very few reflective signs were placed along Interstate 10 as of May 2003, but this kind of sign profilerated in the desert (and elsewhere in California) through the rest of the decade. No exit numbers were signed along this stretch of Interstate 10 in Riverside County, unlike many of the comparable signs along rural Interstate 8 to the south in Imperial County. Photo taken 01/17/05.

Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Junction U.S. 95 north, Intake Boulevard. Interstate 10 enters the city of Blythe, a "Community with a Charming Past, Compelling Present, and Dynamic Future." Incorporated on July 21, 1916, Blythe is the only incorporated city along Interstate 10 east of the Coachella Valley. Consisting of motorist and traveler services as well as bustling agricultural foundation, Blythe has a population of 12,155 as of the 2000 Census. The city is named for Thomas Blythe, a gold prospector who secured rights to the water of the Colorado River in the late 1800s. The city consists of 25 square miles and is the last stop before Interstate 10 enters the state of Arizona. Photo taken 01/17/05.
At Exit 241, U.S. 95 departs to the north, while Interstate 10 continues west into the Chuckwalla Valley. Photo taken 01/17/05.
U.S. 95 north
Now departing from interstate 10 in Blythe, this view shows the offramp from westbound Interstate 10 to U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard north. Follow U.S. 95 north a block to the junction with Business Loop I-10 near downtown Blythe. Photo taken 11/10/00.
The interchange between U.S. 95 and Interstate 10 in eastern Blythe is a standard diamond interchange. This view looks north toward the interchange along northbound Intake Boulevard south of the interchange. U.S. 95 north merges onto Intake Boulevard after passing under the Interstate 10 overpass. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Although not signed as such, the first right connects to both Interstate 10 east and U.S. 95 south to Quartzsite. The guide sign only refers to Interstate 10 east. Photo taken 03/14/09.
The next left connects to Interstate 10 west to Los Angeles. Continue straight to follow U.S. 95 north to Needles. Photo taken 03/14/09.
A stop ahead sign is posted for the intersection between U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard and Business Loop I-10 and U.S. 60-70/Hobson Way. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard meets Business Loop I-10 east of downtown Blythe. From here, Business Loop I-10 turns west along old U.S. 60-70 into downtown Blythe. Continue north on U.S. 95 to Vidal Junction and Needles. Photos taken 03/14/09 and 11/10/00.
This mileage sign, found along northbound U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard after the intersection with Business Loop I-10 and U.S. 60-70/Hobson Way, provides the distance to Vidal Junction (40 miles) and Needles (96 miles). Services are limited along U.S. 95 between Blythe and Needles, so it is a good idea to get food and gas before leaving Blythe. Photo taken 03/14/09.
The first reassurance shield along U.S. 95 north is located after the mileage sign. This sign was so new that the retro-reflective sheeting is still evident on the sign. No state of California property tag was posted on the bottom of the shield, as it common for most state-placed highway signs. Photos taken 03/14/09.
Leaving Blythe, the two-lane highway proceeds through fertile farmland along the west bank of the Colorado River in the Palo Verde Valley. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard approaches Riverside Avenue (Chanslor Way). This east-west road provides local access within the valley. Turn right to the fairgrounds. Photo taken 03/14/09.
The next marked intersection along northbound U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard is with 10th Avenue; the numbered avenues will decrease as we proceed north through the agricultural valley. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard approaches 8th Avenue. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Another U.S. 95 north reassurance shield is posted after the 8th Avenue intersection. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard approaches 6th Avenue. Turn left to Palo Verde College and right to Mayflower County Park and Hidden Beaches along the Colorado River. Water access and camping are available by turning right here. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard meets 6th Avenue. Photo taken 03/14/09.
This view looks north after the 6th Avenue intersection toward the Big Maria Mountains. Prior to reaching the mountains, U.S. 95 will turn northeast to avoid them and stay close to the river. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard approaches 4th Avenue, which also provides local and farm access east and west of the highway. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Near the 4th Avenue intersection is this bridge with white painted guardrail. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95/Intake Boulevard next approaches 2nd Avenue. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95 turns northeast to avoid the Big Maria Mountains and stay close to the Colorado River. Photos taken 03/14/09.
As the roadway turns closer to the water, we leave the fertile areas surrounding Blythe and now approach the Palo Verde Dam. Photos taken 03/14/09.
To the north and west of U.S. 95 are foothills and desert environment; to the east and south are the areas adjacent to the Colorado River. Photos taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95 approaches the turnoff for the Palo Verde Diversion Dam. The dam holds back water as part of an elaborate river management plan for the Colorado River south of Lake Mead. In addition to flood control, the dam is also part of a water diversion network. Water is diverted from the river for agricultural and urban uses via aqueducts that send water both west toward coastal Southern California and east toward central Arizona (Phoenix). Photo taken 03/14/09.
U.S. 95 enters the unincorporated community of Colorado River Communities. For the next 15-20 miles, U.S. 95 closely parallels the west bank of the Colorado River. Several resorts, marinas, and homes line this section of the river. Photo taken 03/14/09.
This mileage sign along U.S. 95 north provides the distance to Vidal (28 miles) and Needles (83 miles). Photo taken 03/14/09.
As the mountains pull away to the northwest, U.S. 95 straightens out and continues alongside the river. A mirage brings the appearance of a reflection (of the distant car) into non-existent water on the pavement. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95 approaches Villa Shores Drive east to the Colorado River. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95 approaches Clarks Ranch Road. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Near Pheasant Lane is this historical marker for Giant Desert Figures (Blythe Intaglios) along northbound U.S. 95. Photos taken 03/14/09.
U.S. 95 continues north through the desert after the Blythe Intaglios. Photos taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95 passes by King River Road, Twin Palms Drive, Paradise Lane, and Aha Quin Drive. The last road connects with the Aha Quin Resort. Photos taken 03/14/09.
This suite of photos shows U.S. 95 as it proceeds north through the Colorado River Communities area. Photos taken 03/14/09.
This mileage sign provides the distance to Vidal (16 miles) and Needles (71 miles) along northbound U.S. 95. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Due to dips along the road, U.S. 95 motorists are advised to reduce their speed to 50 miles per hour for the next seven miles. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Near mile 24 is another U.S. 95 north reassurance shield. Photo taken 03/14/09.
This suite of photos shows U.S. 95 through the dips and valleys. Photos taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95 approaches the Lost Lake Resort turnoff (right turn). Most motorist services (food, gas, and camping) are available at the resort. Photo taken 03/14/09.
Soon thereafter, U.S. 95 approaches Agnes Wilson Road east to Parker Valley and Poston, Arizona. The Colorado River crossing is one of the few between California and Arizona that is not part of the California state highway system (other examples of non-state crossings include the Imperial Dam and Laguna Dam crossings). Photo taken 03/14/09.
A high-voltage power transmission line crosses over U.S. 95 near the Agnes Wilson Road intersection. To the west of U.S. 95 are the Riverside Mountains. Photo taken 03/14/09.
This mileage sign provides the distance to Vidal (four miles) and Needles (59 miles). Photo taken 03/14/09.
Northbound U.S. 95 leaves Riverside County and enters San Bernardino County. From here, the highway turns northwest toward Vidal and Vidal Junction. Photo taken 03/14/09.

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Page Updated August 2, 2009.