Nevada State Route 165

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State Route 165 marker

State Route 165
Nelson Road
Nevada State Route 165 travels southeast from US 95 to Nelson, Nevada.
Nevada State Route 165, highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length 11.002 mi[1] (17.706 km)
Existed 1976 – present
Major junctions
West end US 95 south of Boulder City
East end Nelson
Counties Clark
Highway system
  • Highways in Nevada
SR 164 SR 166

State Route 165 (SR 165) is a state highway near the southern end of the U.S. state of Nevada. The road connects the town of Nelson to U.S. Route 95. The road originated in the 1940s and was one section of former State Route 60 until the 1970s.

Route description[edit]

View from the west end of SR 165 looking eastbound
State Route 165 entering the town of Nelson

SR 165 begins at a junction with US 95 approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of Boulder City. From there, the state highway follows Nelson Road in a southeasterly direction through Eldorado Valley 11 miles (18 km) to its end just outside the town of Nelson.[1][2] The town of Nelson was established in 1905 following several mining claims being discovered in the valley. Although the small community is still inhabited, the remains of many mining operations and abandoned structures can still be seen in the vicinity.[3]


SR 165 was the northwest leg of State Route 60 prior to 1976

The route first appears on state highway maps in 1941 as part of State Route 60, a three-pronged route with each spoke connecting to the town of Nelson. The 16-mile (26 km) northwest leg connected to US 95 about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Boulder City while the 10-mile (16 km) southwest leg reached US 95 further south via the Nelson Cutoff Road. The third leg of SR 60 ran east from Nelson 7 miles (11 km) to the Colorado River.[4] Both the northwest and eastern legs of the route were completely paved by 1951.[5]

State Route 60 remained largely unchanged until the Nevada began renumbering of its state highway system on July 1, 1976.[6] The northwest leg of old SR 60 was renumbered to State Route 165 in this process, and by this time was realigned to be only 12 miles (19 km) long.[7] The remaining legs of SR 60 have since gone unnumbered.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Clark County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 US 95 – Las Vegas, Needles Western terminus
Nelson 11.00 17.70 Western Street Eastern terminus; road continues as Nelson Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map: Google

KML is not from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c Nevada Department of Transportation (January 2017). "State Maintained Highways of Nevada: Descriptions and Maps". Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Quadrangle 13-2 (PDF) (Map). Nevada Department of Transportation. 1985. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Moreno, Richard (2000). Roadside History of Nevada. Missoula: Mountain Press Publishing Company. pp. 259–260. ISBN 0-87842-410-5. 
  4. ^ Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1941. Retrieved 28 June 2008. 
  5. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1951. Retrieved 28 June 2008. 
  6. ^ Nevada State Maintained Highways: Descriptions, Index and Maps. Nevada Department of Transportation. January 2001. p. 98. 
  7. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map). Nevada State Highway Department. 1978–1979. Retrieved 28 June 2008.