Nevada is home to numerous scenic byways including three that are federally designated. These descriptions are provided by the Nevada Department of Transportation, the US Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration.
|Angel Lake Scenic Byway:
State Route 231 winds upward through sagebrush and quaking aspen to an alpine lake at 8,400 feet. Road closes during the winter months
|Pyramid Lake National Scenic Byway:
North of Reno, State Route 445 around the shoreline of Pyramid Lake is the only byway in the nation entirely within a tribal reservation. Pyramid Lake is noted for its fishing, especially the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.
|Mt. Rose Scenic Byway:
State Route 431 climbs up Mt. Rose Summit to the 8,911-foot pass, then descends into the Tahoe Basin, affording travelers a magnificent glimpse of Lake Tahoe, America’s greatest alpine lake. Scenic Nevada sponsors litter control on a segment of this scenic byway via the Adopt-a-Highway program.
|Lake Tahoe National Scenic Byway:
State Route 28 and Highway 50 combine for a 28-mile stretch that’s considered one of the most impressive in the world. The east shore of Lake Tahoe offers breathtaking views of the crystal clear lake, towering pine trees and snow-capped mountains, earning the title, “the most beautiful drive in America.”
|Red Rock Canyon Scenic Byway:
Just 17 miles outside Las Vegas, State Route 159 winds through the magnificent 197,000-acre Red rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Also on the route is Spring Mountain Ranch, once owned by millionaire Howard Hughes, now a state park.
|The Las Vegas Strip:
Everything is larger, brighter, louder, faster and more visually overpowering than any place you’ve ever seen before. The Las Vegas Strip has been named an All-American Road, a prestigious federal designation, and is the only scenic byway that has the distinction of being as scenic and unique by night as by day.
|Valley of Fire Scenic Byway
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, is a unique collection of wind-sculpted red sandstone, accessible by highway 15 or State Route 169. Just off White Domes Road is an impressive overlook, showcasing rock formations with brilliant contrasting colors.
|Great Basin Scenic Byway:
A 148-mile roadway that stretches through high-desert scenery, Highway 93 also runs through Nevada’s highest concentration of state parks including Beaver Dam, Cathedral Gorge, Echo Canyon, Kershaw Ryan, and Spring Valley. Highway 93 joins Highway 50 where you’ll find Cave Lake and Ward Charcoal Ovens state parks. Heading east on Highway 50 will take you to Great Basin National Park and spectacular Lehman Caves.
|Mt. Charleston Scenic Byway
Three state highways, Lee Canyon Road (State Route 156), Deer Creek Road (State route 158), and a portion of Kyle Canyon Road (State Route 157) link Highway 95 with the majestic, 11,918-foot Mt. Charleston. All three roads provide easy access to the many recreation areas of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.