Nevada State Route 168

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State Route 168

Glendale–Moapa Road
Nevada State Route 168, highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NDOT
Length24.775 mi[1] (39.871 km)
HistorySR 7 by 1919
Major junctions
West end US 93 northwest of Moapa
East end I-15 in Glendale
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Nevada State Highway System
SR 167 SR 169

State Route 168 (SR 168) is a state highway in Clark County, Nevada, United States. Known as the Glendale–Moapa Road, the highway connects U.S. Route 93 (US 93) to Interstate 15 (I-15) at Glendale about 25 miles (40 km) southeast. The route was designated as the southern end of State Route 7 in 1919, and served as part of US 93 from 1931 to 1967.

Route description

View from the west end of SR 168 looking eastbound in 2015
A two-lane asphalt highway passes through a desert landscape dotted with sagebrush and cacti as it heads towards the distant mountains in 2006.
Looking west towards the Sheep Range from near Dead Man Wash in 2006

The western terminus of SR 168 is in northern Clark County, near the proposed planned community of Coyote Springs.[2] The route begins at the junction with US 93 east of the Sheep Range on the eastern border of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The route continues eastward about 21 miles (34 km), passing north of the Arrow Canyon Wilderness Area. From there, the route enters the town of Moapa in the Moapa River Indian Reservation. After another 2 miles (3.2 km), the highway enters Glendale. Just shy of accessing Interstate 15 at the Glendale interchange (exit 90), SR 168 turns north onto Lewis Ranch Road through the town to end at exit 91 on I-15.[3]


State Route 168 has existed as part of Nevada's state highway system since 1919. In that year, the Nevada Legislature amended the general highway law to add State Route 7, which was vaguely defined as "commencing at the city of Ely and running thence southerly through Pioche to Las Vegas."[4] The southern terminus of SR 7 was later truncated to Glendale, with its southernmost miles following the alignment of present-day SR 168.[5]

Highway sign for Nevada State Route 7
Highway sign for U.S. Route 93
SR 168 was previously part of State Route 7 and U.S. Route 93

At a meeting held on June 8, 1931, the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) approved an extension of U.S. Route 93 through Nevada. This extension brought the southern end of that route from Wells to Glendale.[6] South of Ely, the extension of US 93 was routed over State Route 7, including the portion northwest of Glendale.[5] AASHO ordered another southerly extension of US 93 to Arizona via Las Vegas in 1935, which was signed by 1939.[6][7] The routing of US 93 via the Glendale–Moapa segment remained in place until 1967. In that year, a shorter route connecting Las Vegas and Caliente was completed, bypassing Glendale. The 24 miles (39 km) of highway northwest of Glendale remained in the state highway system, still marked as State Route 7.[8]

After the removal of US 93 from the route, the southerly segment of SR 7 remained unchanged for several years. On July 1, 1976, the Nevada Department of Transportation initiated the renumbering of Nevada's state highways. In this process, the highway was renumbered to State Route 168.[9] This change was first seen on the 1978 edition of the state's highway map.[10]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Clark County.

0.000.00 US 93 – Las Vegas, CalienteWestern terminus
Glendale24.7839.88 I-15 – Las Vegas, Salt Lake CityInterchange; eastern terminus; I-15 exit 90
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. 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Sherman, Frederick (April 23, 2006). "The birth of Nevada's newest town". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  3. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map) (2007–08 ed.). Nevada Department of Transportation. 2007. § F6.
  4. ^ Statutes of the State of Nevada Passed at the Thirtieth Session of the Legislature. Carson City, Nevada: State Printing Office. 1921. pp. 383–384. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  5. ^ a b Road Map (Map). Nevada Department of Highways. 1932. Archived from the original on 2015-06-13. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. 93 Reaching For The Border". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  7. ^ Official Road Map of the State of Nevada (Map) (1939 ed.). Nevada Department of Highways. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  8. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map) (1967 ed.). Nevada State Highway Department. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  9. ^ Nevada State Maintained Highways: Descriptions, Index and Maps. Nevada Department of Transportation. January 2001. p. 98.
  10. ^ Official Highway Map of Nevada (Map) (1978-79 ed.). Nevada State Highway Department. 1978. § F6. Archived from the original on 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2009-10-19.

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