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Nevada's Scenic Byways

Scenic View of Washoe Valley

In 1983, the Nevada State Legislature established the Scenic Byways program in Nevada. The Nevada Department of Transportation is the lead agency for the program and the Director has signature authority to establish a road as a Scenic Byway. Today, there are 20 scenic byways in Nevada comprising a total of 420 miles.

Through the links on the left, you will find information about what Scenic Byways are, where they are located, the process for nominating byways and applying for funding for Scenic Byways.

Nevada Department of Transportation Scenic Byways Mission Statement

The Nevada Department of Transportation shall:

  • Maintain designated routes and enhance their scenic qualities.
  • Assure and maintain the proper signing of all scenic routes.
  • Facilitate Federal funding for projects related to scenic routes.
  • Coordinate with Nevada Commission on Tourism and the Scenic Byways Committee to perform evaluations on roadways that have been nominated for review.
  • Prepare agreements to ensure federal funds are expended properly on projects related to Scenic Byways.
  • Update biannually the Scenic Byways procedural manual.
  • Recommend to the Director of NDOT that a route be designated as scenic.

Angel Lake Road State Route 231

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on June 30, 1995
Begins at Angel Lake parking area and ends at the West Wells interchange
Distance = 11.7 miles
Amenities = Camping/Picnic Facilities/Restroom Facilities/Hiking

Angel Lake Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/

US 50

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on June 7, 1994
Begins at the California/ Nevada Stateline and ends at Milepost 6 in Carson City
Distance = 21.5 miles
Amenities = Camping/Lodging/Restaurants

US 50 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
Nevada State Parks http://parks.nv.gov/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency http://www.trpa.org/
Tahoe Douglas Chamber and Visitors center http://www.tahoechamber.org/
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/

North Shore Road (Lake Tahoe) State Route 28

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on June 7, 1994
Begins at the junction of US 50 and ends at California/ Nevada Stateline
Distance = 16.1 miles
Amenities = Lodging/Restaurants

SR 28 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
Nevada State Parks http://parks.nv.gov/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency http://www.trpa.org/
Tahoe Douglas Chamber and Visitors center http://www.tahoechamber.org/
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/

Red Rock Road State Route 159

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on June 30, 1995
Begins at the southern boundary of the National Conservation area and ends at eastern boundary of the National Conservation area
Distance = 8.8 miles
Amenities = Camping/Visitor Center/Restroom Facilities

Route 159 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
Red Rock Canyon Bureau of Land Management http://www.redrockcanyon.blm.gov/
Nevada State Parks http://parks.nv.gov/
The Nevada Commission on Tourismhttp://www.travelnevada.com/

Valley of Fire Road

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on June 30, 1995
Begins at the west park entrance and ends at east park entrance
Distance = 10.5 miles
Amenities = Visitor Center/Museum/Restroom Facilities/Hiking/Picnic Facilities

Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
Nevada State Parks http://parks.nv.gov/
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/

White Domes Road

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on June 30, 1995
Begins at the Valley of Fire Road and goes to the end of pavement
Distance = 6.9 miles
Amenities = Restroom Facilities/Hiking/Picnic Facilities

Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
Nevada State Parks http://parks.nv.gov/
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/

Pyramid Lake Road State Route 445

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on June 27, 1996
Designated by the Federal Highway Administration as a National Scenic Byway on July 15, 1996
Begins at the Pyramid Lake Paiute Indian Tribe Boundary (Washoe county milepost 29.23) and goes to north of Suttcliffe near Warrior Point (Washoe county milepost 41.70)
Distance = 12.5 miles
Amenities = Camping/Fishing/Boating/Picnic Facilities/Restroom Facilities

Route 445 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe http://plpt.nsn.us/
Pyramid Lake Fisheries http://www.pyramidlakefisheries.org/
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/

Sutcliffe/Nixon Road State Route 446

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on June 27, 1996
Designated by the Federal Highway Administration as a National Scenic Byway on July 15, 1996
Begins at the junction of State Route 445 and ends at the junction of State Route 447
Distance = 13.2 miles
Amenities = Camping/Fishing/Boating/Picnic Facilities/Museum

Route 446 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe http://plpt.nsn.us/
Pyramid Lake Fisheries http://www.pyramidlakefisheries.org/
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/

Gerlach Road State Route 447

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on June 27, 1996
Designated by the Federal Highway Administration as a National Scenic Byway on July 15, 1996
Begins at Marble Dam Road (Washoe county milepost 18.5) and ends at (Washoe county milepost 23) north of Nixon.
Distance = 4.5 miles
Amenities = Camping/Fishing

Route 447 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe http://plpt.nsn.us/
Pyramid Lake Fisheries http://www.pyramidlakefisheries.org/
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/

Mt. Rose Highway State Route 431

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on July 1, 1996
Begins at the junction of State Route 28 in Incline village and ends at Washoe county Milepost 18.8.
Distance = 22.2 miles
Amenities = Camping/Lodging/Restaurants/Picnic Facilities/Hiking/Restroom Facilities

Route 431 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/

Mt. Charleston/Lee Canyon Road State Route 156

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation in July of 1998
Begins at the parking lot turn around and ends at US 95
Distance = 17.5 miles
Amenities = Camping/Restroom Facilities

Route 156 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/

Kyle Canyon Road State Route 157

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation in July of 1998
Begins at the parking lot turn around and ends at Clark county milepost 13
Distance = 13 miles
Amenities = Camping/Lodging/Restaurants/Gift Shop/Bar

Route 157 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/

Deer Creek Road State Route 158

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation in July of 1998
Begins at the junction of State Route 157 and ends at junction of State Route 158
Distance = 8.8 miles
Amenities = Camping/Restroom Facilities

Route 158 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/

Lamoille Canyon

Designated by the US Forest Service as a National Forest Service Scenic byway
Begins at the parking lot at the top of the canyon and ends at State Route 227
Distance = 12.5 miles
Amenities = Camping/Restroom Facilities/Hiking/Picnic Facilities

Lamoille Canyon Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/

North Las Vegas Strip

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on November 28, 2001
Begins at Sahara Avenue and ends at Washington Avenue
Distance = 2.9 miles
Amenities = Lodging/Restaurants

North Strip Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority http://www.LasVegas.com/
The City of Las Vegas http://lasvegasnevada.gov

The South Las Vegas Strip

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on June 30, 1995
Designated by the Federal Highway Administration as a All American Road on June 15, 2000
Billed as America's first Night Time Scenic Byway
Begins at the junction of Russell Road and ends at Sahara Avenue
Distance = 4.5 miles
Amenities = Lodging/Restaurants

South Strip Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority http://www.LasVegas.com/
Clark County Comprehensive Planning http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/comprehensive_planning/Pages/default.aspx
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/

Baker Road State Route 487

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on March 27, 2000
Begins at the junction of US 50/6 and ends at Nevada/Utah Stateline
Distance = 11.6 miles
Amenities = Restaurants

Route 487 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/

Lehman Caves Road State Route 488

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on March 27, 2000
Begins at the junction of State Route 487 and ends at the National Park Gate
Distance = 5.4 miles
Amenities = Camping/Museum/Gift Shop/Restaurants/Restroom Facilities

Route 488 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/

US 50/6/93

Designated by the Director of the Department of Transportation on March 27, 2000
Begins at the Access Road to the 3C Ranch (Just south of Ely) to the Nevada/ Utah Stateline
Distance = 63 miles
Amenities = Camping

US 50/6/93 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/

US 93

Nevada's first Scenic Byway
Begins at the junction with State Route 318 and ends at Majors junction (US 6/50)
Distance = 148.8 miles
Amenities = Camping/Lodging/Restaurants/Visitor Center/Gift Shop

US 93 Photos

Major agencies Associated with this byway
The Nevada Commission on Tourism http://www.travelnevada.com/
USDA Forest Service http://www.fs.fed.us/
Nevada State Parks http://parks.nv.gov/

Contact

For more information on the Scenic Byways, contact:

Nevada Department of Transportation
Transportation Multimodal Planning
1263 South Stewart Street 
Carson City, NV 89712
(775) 888-7123
scenicbyways@dot.state.nv.us