State Route 208 and 225 in Nevada

State Route 208 in Nevada

Begin Topaz Lake
End Yerington
Length 38 mi
Length 61 km
Topaz LakeWellington

Yerington (alt)

State Route 208 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nevada. The road forms an east-west route in the west of the state, from Topaz Lake to Yerington. State Route 208 is 61 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

State Route 208 through Wilson Canyon south of Yerington.

State Route 208 begins near Topaz Lake on US 395, not far from the California border. The road heads west through a varied landscape. The first part takes you through flat desert near a mountain range, followed by a stretch of agricultural land around Wellington. The road then passes through Wilson Canyon and then veers north and again through agricultural land to the town of Yerington, located on US 95 Alternate.

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State Route 208 is one of the oldest roads in Nevada because it connects two of the few areas in the state where agriculture is possible. The road was originally numbered as part of State Route 3. Traffic from Las Vegas to Reno used this road at the time, it was the first state route in Nevada to be paved back in the 1920s. In the major renumbering of 1976, the road was renumbered as State Route 208.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 3,100 vehicles run between Topaz Lake and Wellington and 400 vehicles south of Yerington. This is because the parallel State Route 339 captures most of the traffic.

State Route 225 in Nevada

Begin Elko
End Owyhee
Length 100 mi
Length 161 km
ElkoMountain City



State Route 225 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nevada. The road forms a north-south route through the north of the state, from Elko to the Idaho border near Owyhee. At 161 kilometers, it is one of the longest state trails in Nevada.

Travel directions

De State Route 225 door de Owyhee River Canyon.

State Route 225 begins in Elko, by far the largest town for miles around. Here is a connection to Interstate 80. The road heads north through almost uninhabited land, except for a few ranches, there is a long stretch without any places on the route. To the west are mountain ranges with peaks of more than 3,000 meters, the State Route 225 mostly runs at 1,900 meters. The road goes around the Wild Horse Reservoir, a small reservoir, after which the road becomes a lot more winding and runs through a canyon. The road descends here to an altitude of about 1,600 meters. The road passes through the hamlets of Mountain City and Owyhee, the only places outside Elko on the route. After Owyhee follows the border with the state of Idaho, from here State Route 51 goes into Idahocontinue to Mountain Home, 150 miles away.


The predecessor of the current road is often State Route 11, which ran from Elko to Owyhee. However, this partly ran west around the mountain ranges. The current easterly route was partially completed in 1933-1934 but went not directly to Mountain Home, but further east, avoiding the canyon of the Owyhee River. The road through the canyon was built around 1937, at the same time the first part was asphalted from Elko, no more than a kilometer or 10. In 1937 the vast majority of the road was a dirt road. Shortly afterwards, however, the road was upgraded to a gravel roadand the asphalt section from Elko was extended further north in the late 1930s, early 1940s to the Wild Horse Reservoir. The section through the canyon was paved in the mid-1950s, and by 1959 the entire road to the Idaho border was paved. The road has not been substantially modified since then.

At the time, the road was known by various road numbers, State Routes 11, 43 and 11A. However, it was the only through-road tarmac road, State Route 11 that followed the original western route to Owyhee was still largely a dirt road in 1960. In 1976, Nevada’s highway network was renumbered, and the road was given one number, State Route 225.

The road has had somewhat of an inter-regional importance ever since, between Elko and Mountain Home. However, the two places are not very large and are far apart, which means that the traffic is very low.

Traffic intensities

2,000 vehicles drive daily on the outskirts of Elko, dropping to 900 vehicles south of the State Route 226 junction and 750 vehicles north of it. This drops to 350 vehicles at Mountain City and 950 vehicles at the Idaho border.

State Route 225 in Nevada

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