Nevada State Route 164

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State Route 164 marker

State Route 164
Nipton Road
Nevada State Route 164 begins at the California border and travels east to Searchlight.
Nevada State Route 164, highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length: 18.584 mi[1] (29.908 km)
Existed: 1976 – present
Major junctions
West end: CA state line near Nipton, CA
East end: US 95 in Searchlight
Counties: Clark
Highway system
  • Highways in Nevada
SR 163 SR 165

State Route 164 (SR 164) is a state highway in southern Clark County, Nevada. The route, along with an unnumbered California road, connects U.S. Route 95 (US 95) in Nevada to Interstate 15 in California just south of Primm, via the small town of Nipton, California. The highway is also known as Nipton Road.

Route description[edit]

Looking west towards SR 164 and the McCullough Range

The route begins at the California-Nevada state line about 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Nipton. The highway treks east from there, curving slightly northeast to pass by the McCullough Range. At the northern tip of the mountains surrounding Crescent Peak, the highway turns slightly more southeast and decreases in elevation as it heads towards Searchlight, Nevada. SR 164 reaches its eastern terminus at the junction with US 95 in the center of Searchlight; however, the roadway continues east as Cottonwood Cove Road, entering the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and ending near Cottonwood Cove.

View from the west end of SR 164 looking eastbound
Joshua trees grow alongside State Route 164.

In 2003, a sign near Searchlight designated the route as the Joshua Tree Highway, due to the abundance of Joshua trees located along the roadway.


The highway connecting Searchlight to Nipton first appears on maps as a county road in 1933.[2] By 1940, the unimproved road was designated State Route 68.[3] The road had been graded by 1950 and was finally paved by 1963.[4][5]

In 1976, the Nevada Department of Transportation began a project to simplify and renumber the state highway system. During this process, the road was reassigned to State Route 164.[6] The route has been largely unchanged since.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Clark County.

Location mi km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 Nipton Road – Nipton Continuation beyond California state line
Searchlight 18.58 29.90 US 95 – Las Vegas, Laughlin, Needles
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


Route map: Google

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  1. ^ Nevada Department of Transportation (January 2017). "State Maintained Highways of Nevada: Descriptions and Maps". Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Official Road Map of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1934. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  3. ^ Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1940. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  4. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1950. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  5. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1963–64. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  6. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map). Nevada State Highway Department. 1978–79. Retrieved 2008-06-08.