Nevada 160


Routing

Nevada 160, which begins at U.S. 95 west of Mercury, heads south into Pahrump in Nye County, then turns east to enter the Las Vegas metropolitan area via Blue Mountain Road and Mountain Springs Summit (elevation 5,502 feet), passing south of Red Rocks en route to meeting Interstate 15 and Nevada 604 south of the Strip. The section of Nevada 160 immediately west of Interstate 15 was reconstructed in the mid-2000s.

Highway Guide

Nevada 160/Blue Diamond Road east
Begin Nevada 160 shield assembly just south of the U.S. 95 junction near Indian Springs. This probably should say "SOUTH" not "WEST." Even though this shield marks Nevada 160 as an east-west route, it really loops around by traveling south into Pahrump and then east into the southern part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Additionally, it's an error to call this westbound, since the route curves to the southeast here. Note the 70 mile-per-hour speed limit, which is common for two-lane highways in Nevada such as this one. Photo taken 1/21/02.
Eastbound Nevada 160/Blue Diamond Road approaches its junction with Interstate 15. Photo taken 03/31/08.
The connection from Nevada 160/Blue Diamond Road east to Interstate 15 north is now a left turn; it used to be a right turn (see below). The next right turn connects to Interstate 15 south. Photo taken 03/31/08.
A small Nevada-style roadside sign provides the destination cities served by Interstate 15 south (Los Angeles) and north (Salt Lake City and downtown Las Vegas). Photo taken 03/31/08.
The left two lanes of Nevada 160/Blue Diamond Road east connect to Interstate 15 north to Salt Lake City and downtown Las Vegas; the right lane connects to Interstate 15 south to Los Angeles and all Southern California destinations. The middle three lanes continue east on Nevada 160 to Las Vegas Boulevard (Nevada 604). Photo taken 03/31/08.
Prior to reconstruction of Nevada 160, this advance trailblazer signage on Nevada 160 east pointed the way to northbound Interstate 15; it used to be a right exit, with a loop ramp onto Interstate 15 north. Photos taken 01/16/04 and 12/12/00.
To reach Nevada 604/Las Vegas Boulevard, continue straight ahead on eastbound Nevada 160; for the fastest route to downtown Las Vegas, and even the Las Vegas Strip, use Interstate 15 north. Four years later, this road has three through eastbound lanes rather than just one. Photo taken 01/16/04.
Eastbound Nevada 160 at the ramp to northbound Interstate 15. Nevada 160 comes to its eastern terminus at the traffic signal in the distance (at Las Vegas Boulevard/Nevada 160). Photo taken 01/16/04.
Eastbound Nevada 160 meets former Nevada 604/Las Vegas Boulevard after the Interstate 15 interchange. This marks the southern (eastern) terminus of Nevada 160. Photo taken 12/12/00.

Nevada 160/Blue Diamond Road west
The first westbound Nevada 160 reassurance shield is posted immediately after the Nevada 604/Las Vegas Boulevard intersection. Recent construction widened the road from two to six lanes plus auxiliary lanes. Photo taken 03/31/08.
Westbound Nevada 160/Blue Diamond Road approaches Interstate 15. Photo taken 03/31/08.
The first right turn connects westbound Nevada 160 with Interstate 15 north, while the next turn off connects to Interstate 15 south. Photo taken 03/31/08.
Westbound Nevada 160 meets Interstate 15 at this interchange. The right lane departs for Interstate 15 north, while the left two lanes will connect to Interstate 15 south. Photo taken 03/31/08.
A Southwest Airlines jet files over the interchange as westbound Nevada 160 meets the ramp to Interstate 15 north. Photo taken 03/31/08.
Some distance west, northbound Nevada 160 meets Nevada 372 in Pahrump. Making a left here takes motorists to Shoshone and Death Valley via California 178. Straight ahead, Nevada 372 connects with U.S. 95 just northwest of Indian Springs. This is the main traffic light in the town of Pahrump. Photos taken 1/21/02.

Page Updated February 23, 2010.

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