U.S. Route 285 in Texas

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 285 in Texas. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 285.

US Highway 285 marker

US Highway 285
Route information
Maintained by TxDOT
Length: 169.372 mi[1] (272.578 km)
Existed: 1935[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 90 in Sanderson
  I-10 in Fort Stockton
I-20 in Pecos
North end: US 285 at TexasNew Mexico state line
Highway system
US 283 US 287

U.S. Highway 285 (US 285) travels from Sanderson, Texas to Denver, Colorado. In Texas, US 285 begins at an intersection with US 90 in Sanderson, traveling through Fort Stockton and Pecos before exiting the state into New Mexico between Pecos and Carlsbad.

Route description[edit]

US 285 begins at an intersection with U.S. Route 90 in Sanderson, just west of the downtown area. The highway travels through highly rural areas of Terrell and Pecos County before entering Fort Stockton. In Fort Stockton, US 285 shares a short overlap with U.S. Route 385 and meets Interstate 10 before leaving the town. US 285 has an interchange with Farm to Market Road 1776, which serves the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company test track. After FM 1776, US 285 takes on a highly rural route until entering Pecos, where the highway meets with Interstate 20. US 285 briefly runs through Culberson County before crossing the state line into New Mexico.

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Terrell Sanderson US 90 – Alpine, Del Rio
Pecos RM 2400 east – Sheffield
Fort Stockton US 385 north / BL I-10 east – McCamey South end of US 385/BL I-10 overlap
US 385 south – Marathon North end of US 385 overlap
SH 18 north – Monahans
BL I-10 west – Van Horn North end of BL I-10 overlap
I-10 – El Paso, Bakersfield I-10 exit 257
FM 1776 – Coyanosa Interchange
Reeves FM 2007 south
FM 1450 east
Pecos I-20 – El Paso, Odessa I-20 exit 42
BL I-20 – Toyah, Barstow Former US 80
FM 1216 north
SH 302 east – Mentone, Kermit
Orla RM 652
Culberson US 285 north – Carlsbad Texas–New Mexico state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Transportation Planning and Programming Division (n.d.). "U.S. Highway No. 285". Highway Designation Files. Texas Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 2, 2016.