Nevada State Route 161

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State Route 161

Goodsprings Road
Nevada State Route 161, highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length7.290 mi[1] (11.732 km)
HistoryEstablished as SR 53 by 1935
Major junctions
West endEsmeralda Street in Goodsprings
East end I-15 in Jean
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Nevada State Highway System
SR 160 SR 163

State Route 161 (SR 161) is a state highway in Clark County, Nevada. It is known as Goodsprings Road, connecting the town of Goodsprings to Interstate 15 at Jean. The route was part of State Route 53 prior to 1976.

Route description

SR 161 in Goodsprings in 2006

The route begins at the intersection of Esmeralda Street and Spring Street in Goodsprings. It runs east along Spring Street, then exits the town and heads southeastward, intersecting Sandy Valley Road, which provides access to Sandy Valley. The road continues southeastward through the Mojave Desert for about 7 miles (11 km) before entering Jean. SR 161 ends in Jean at an interchange with Interstate 15.[1][2]


SR 161 was originally part of State Route 53

A connection between Goodsprings and U.S. Route 91 (and SR 6) at Jean first appeared on official Nevada state maps in 1933. At that time, it was an unimproved county road.[3] By 1935, that road was incorporated into State Route 53, which connected Jean to Goodsprings before curving southwest towards the California state line.[4] By 1941, the first 7 miles (11 km) of the SR 53 reaching Goodsprings was paved, with the remaining 13 miles (21 km) in to Sandy Valley and on to California still unimproved.[5]

View from the east end of SR 161 looking westbound in 2015

SR 53 remained unchanged until the 1976 renumbering of Nevada's state highway system that was authorized on July 1, 1976. In that process, the paved portion of the highway between Jean and Goodsprings was renumbered to State Route 161. This change was first seen on the 1978–1979 edition of the official state map[6][7] The remaining section of SR 53 to Sandy Valley continued to be shown on the state map, but was dropped from the state system by 1982.[8] Sandy Valley is now reachable via the Sandy Valley Road turnoff from SR 161, prior to entering Goodsprings.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Clark County.

Goodsprings0.000.00Esmeralda Street
Jean I-15 – Las Vegas, Los AngelesInterchange; I-15 exit 12
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "State Maintained Highways of Nevada, Descriptions and Maps". Nevada Department of Transportation. 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Microsoft; Nokia (8 Feb 2011). "Overview of SR 161" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 8 Feb 2011.
  3. ^ Official Road Map of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1933. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  4. ^ Official Road Map of the state of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1935. Archived from the original on December 11, 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  5. ^ Official Road Map of the state of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1941. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  6. ^ Nevada State Maintained Highways: Descriptions, Index and Maps. Nevada Department of Transportation. January 2001. p. 99.
  7. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1978. § F6. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  8. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map). Nevada Department of Transportation. 1982. § F6. Retrieved 26 July 2011.