Nevada State Route 159

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State Route 159

Nevada State Route 159, highlighted in red.
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length31.204 mi[1] (50.218 km)
Major junctions
West end SR 160 in Blue Diamond
Major intersections
East end SR 612 (Nellis Boulevard) at Las Vegas–Sunrise Manor line
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Nevada State Highway System
SR 158 SR 160

State Route 159 (SR 159) is a 31.204-mile (50.218 km) east–west highway in Clark County, Nevada, United States, providing access to Red Rock Canyon and serving as a thoroughfare in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. A portion of the west end of the route is designated a Nevada Scenic Byway.

Route description

View from the west end of SR 159 looking eastbound in 2015

State Route 159 has two distinct segments. The first segment is a rural two-lane highway that begins at its junction with SR 160. The highway proceeds northwest through the town of Blue Diamond towards Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. From there, the highway curves northeast around Red Rock Canyon to the Las Vegas city limits west of the Las Vegas Beltway. This segment of SR 159 is known on maps and signs as Blue Diamond Road (assuming the name from SR 160), but is also referred to as Red Rock Canyon Road.

As SR 159 enters the city of Las Vegas, it transitions into Charleston Boulevard, a major east–west section line arterial bisecting the Las Vegas Valley. The highway crosses the Las Vegas Beltway and runs through the planned community of Summerlin. SR 159 continues east to intersect Interstate 15 and then passes south of Downtown Las Vegas. From there, the highway ventures further east to intersect Interstate 515 and U.S. Routes 93 and 95 before reaching its terminus at Nellis Boulevard (SR 612). (Charleston Boulevard itself ends about three miles (5 km) east of Nellis Boulevard near Frenchman Mountain.)


Looking west down the entire length of Charleston Boulevard, from the slopes of Frenchman Mountain in 2005

A portion of Charleston Boulevard was previously designated U.S. Route 95 Alternate to bypass Downtown Las Vegas. The designation began at Fremont Street (SR 582) and continued west to Rancho Drive (SR 599), where it curved north to reconnect to US 95. The alternate route was discontinued in 1982.

Approximately 8.8 miles (14.2 km) of SR 159 in Red Rock Canyon was designated a Nevada Scenic Byway on June 30, 1995.[2]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Clark County.

Blue Diamond0.000.00 SR 160 – Las Vegas, PahrumpCounterclockwise terminus; road continues south as Erskine Junction Way
Las VegasSummerlin South line15.83325.481 CC 215 (Bruce Woodbury Beltway)Interchange; future I-215; CC 215 exit 26
Gap in route
Las Vegas15.83325.481Martin L. King BoulevardInterchange; eastbound left exit and westbound entrances
I-15 – Los Angeles, Salt Lake CityInterchange; I-15 exit 41
16.1726.02Grand Central Parkway
Gap in route
Las VegasSunrise Manor line16.1726.02Fremont Street (SR 582)
I-515 / US 93 / US 95 (I-11)Interchange; I-515 exit 72
18.52429.811Nellis Boulevard (SR 612)Clockwise terminus; road continues east as Charleston Boulevard
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "State Maintained Highways of Nevada, Descriptions and Maps". Nevada Department of Transportation. 2020. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Nevada Department of Transportation. "Nevada's Scenic Byways". Retrieved March 24, 2008.
  3. ^ "Overview of SR 159". Google Maps. Google, Inc. Retrieved March 31, 2020.

External links

Media related to Nevada State Route 159 at Wikimedia Commons