Also known as "Pahrump Valley Road."
The Blue Diamond Highway is a major traffic corridor that connects the southern Las Vegas Valley to US 95 via the Pahrump Valley. The southern part of the route sees the heaviest vehicular traffic as it branches away from urban Las Vegas and through the city of Pahrump. SR 160 begins at an intersection with S. Las Vegas Blvd as a busy four-lane highway. The route then runs west-southwest towards the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) and crosses the Spring Mountains at Mountain Springs Summit (5,502'), through a very busy traffic corridor over the mountains. SR 160 then drops down into the Pahrump Valley, turning northwest towards Pahrump. Once leaving Pahrump, traffic along the route lessens dramatically as it heads more north-northwest to reach its western terminus at US 95, halfway in between Beatty and Las Vegas.
The Blue Diamond Highway has undergone dramatic improvement over the last twenty years, yet it remains of Nevada's more dangerous and accident-prone highways. In 2007, improvements were made to the highway at its southern end with the reconstruction of ramps that now allows for better traffic flow to and from Interstate 15.
Length: 80.393 miles
Counties: Nye, Clark
North End: US 95, north of Pahrump
South End: Interstate 15, Las Vegas