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Nevada 169

Routing

Nevada 169 travels from the north boundary of the Lake Mead Recreational Area to Interstate 15 via Overton and Logandale.

History

Previously, Nevada 169 followed a loop from Interstate 15 Exit 75 to Interstate 15 Exit 93 via Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Overton, and Logandale.

Highway Guide

Former Nevada 169/Valley of Fire Highway east
Until 2001, Nevada 169 was a loop route from Interstate 15 Exit 93 south to Overton, west through Lake Mead National Recreation Area, then west back to Interstate 15 via Valley of Fire State Park. The section of Nevada 169 from Interstate 15 Exit 75 east through Moapa Indian Reservation and Valley of Fire State Park was decommissioned and is now a local Clark County highway. This mileage sign is posted at the offramp from Interstate 15 to Valley of Fire Highway east. Photo taken 03/29/08.
A second mileage sign on Valley of Fire Highway east advises of the fees charged at the Valley of Fire State Park. Photo taken 03/29/08.
Most traffic on Valley of Fire Highway is recreational based, since the road serves both the state park and the national recreation area. Photo taken 03/29/08.
The highway generally follows the lay of the land, so dips and rises are common along this section of the route. Arizona crossings, which may flood during periods of heavy rain (or floodwaters from areas uphill from here), are also fairly common. Photo taken 03/29/08.
Former Nevada 169/Valley of Fire Highway is signed with mileposts, such as this one at Mile 5. Photo taken 03/29/08.

Eastbound Valley of Fire Highway crosses the northern flank of the Muddy Mountains. This series of photos follows the highway as it crosses through the scenic, desolate mountains. Photos taken 03/29/08.
The Valley of Fire Highway enters the Valley of Fire State Park. This is the oldest state park in the Nevada park system. Founded in 1935, this park is popular for its red sandstone formations. None of these startling formations are visible at the entrance to the park. Photos taken 03/29/08.
After passing the boundary, the Valley of Fire Highway descends into the valley. Red rock formations become more common as motorists wend their way into the popular state park. Photos taken 03/29/08.
A large red sandstone formation comes into view as the Valley of Fire Highway passes by the entrance station and descends into the Valley of Fire. Roadside parking areas are available for hiking and closer inspection of the red cliffs. Photos taken 03/29/08.
The first pullout along the eastbound Valley of Fire Highway is the Beehive formation. Photos taken 03/29/08.
Soon thereafter, a left turn connects the main highway with Atlatl Rock and Arch Rock. Petroglyphs are engraved into Atlatl Rock. Photos taken 03/29/08.
Continuing east on Valley of Fire Highway, the next turnoff leads to the park visitors center and Mouses Tank. Photos taken 03/29/08.
The Valley of Fire Vistors Center is designed to blend into the surrounding fiery landscape. A monument to the state of Nevada's first state park is placed next to the visitor's center entrance. Photos taken 03/29/08.
A spur road leads north from the Visitors Center to scenic views of the painted desert and more red rock formations. The final photo shows White Domes, which is located at the end of the paved spur road. Photos taken 03/29/08.
After the Valley of Fire Vistors Center turnoff, Valley of Fire Highway continues east through more rock formations, then passes through a sweeping valley. Photos taken 03/29/08.
A final set of red rock formations line the Valley of Fire Highway as we approach the exit. Photos taken 03/29/08.
Eastbound Valley of Fire Highway leaves the state park. At this point, the official state scenic highway ends. Continue straight ahead to Northshore Drive in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Photo taken 03/29/08.
Soon thereafter, Valley of Fire Highway enters Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Photo taken 03/29/08.
Eastbound Valley of Fire Highway ends at Northshore Drive in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Turn left to reconnect with Nevada 169 north to Overton and Logandale. Turn right to follow Northshore Drive (former Nevada 167) southwest to Henderson, Boulder City, and Hoover Dam. Photos taken 03/29/08.
Former Nevada 169/Northshore Drive north
Nevada 169 north

Page Updated January 24, 2010.