State Route 226 and 229 in Nevada

By | October 18, 2022

State Route 226 in Nevada

Get started SR-225
End Deep Creek
Length 39 mi
Length 63 km
county roads

State Route 226 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nevada. The road forms a north-south route in the north of the state, northwest of Elko. The road does not open up any place and is 63 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

State Route 226.

The road turns 25 miles north of Elko off State Route 225 and heads west, then north through a hilly area of ​​canyons and a mountain range to the east. The road is paved, but there are no villages on or near the route. The road runs at 1,700 to 2,000 meters above sea level, but has no real mountain pass. The road does go through shallow canyons twice. At a location called Deep Creek, the paved road ends on two gravel roads, where State Route 226 also ends.


Originally it was part of the main north-south route in this part of Nevada, State Route 11. For a long time, the road was a poorly developed dirt road. Around 1950 most of it was upgraded to a gravel road. Around 1953 the east-west part was asphalted from State Route 225, in 1958 the first half of the north-south part was asphalted. Around 1961-1962 the last part was asphalted.

In the 1950s, the more easterly route that later became State Route 225 took over as the north-south route from Elko to Idaho. This diminished the importance of State Route 11. The road mainly opens up some remote ranches. In 1976, the road was renumbered as State Route 226.

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Traffic intensities

Every day, 400 vehicles drive west of State Route 225 and 150 vehicles drive north-south.

State Route 229 in Nevada

Begin Halleck
End US 93
Length 50 mi
Length 81 km

State Route 229 is a state route in the U.S. state of Nevada. The road connects Interstate 80 and US 93 southwest of Wells in the north of the state. The road does not open up any place and is 81 kilometers long.

Travel directions

State Route 229.

The road begins at a junction with Interstate 80 at a location called Halleck. This consists of a rail siding and one building. The road here crosses the Humboldt River at 1,600 meters and heads southeast, making an arc around the Ruby Mountains, a mountain range with numerous peaks reaching approximately 3,400 meters. The highest point of the road is about 1,900 meters above sea level, but there is no real mountain pass. The road then heads south for a bit, paralleling the Ruby Mountains, but then turns east and ends 30 miles south of Wells on US 93.


The southeastern portion of the route follows the historic Hastings Cutoff, used by migrants to California in the mid-19th century. This was an alternative to the California Trail which ran further north and was used more than the Hastings Cutoff.

The current route existed in the 1920s as a road connection but was a dirt road. This was part of State Route 11, which was a much longer route from the Ely region to the Idaho border at Owyhee. With the introduction of US 93, State Route 11 was shortened, the current road formed the southernmost part of State Route 11. In the first half of the 1950s it was a poorly developed gravel road, although by 1955 the east-west portion from the Ruby Mountains to US 93 was paved. At the end of the 1950s, the part parallel to the Ruby Mountains was asphalted. Finally, circa 1966, the northern part of the route was asphalted. This more or less coincided with the construction of I-80 in this area. With the 1976 renumbering, the road was renumbered as State Route 229.

Traffic intensities

State Route 229 is very light, with an average of 100 to 200 vehicles per day using the road.

Sierra Nevada

A map of the Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the United States. It is located between the states of Nevada and California. Sierra Nevada is Spanish for “snowy mountain range”. Although California has a Mediterranean climate, the mountain range is so high that it has snow on it. The Sierra Nevada is 640 kilometers long and 110 kilometers wide. The highest point is Mount Whitney with a height of 4421 meters. This makes the mountain one of the highest in the entire US. If you look at the climate, the Sierra Nevada is an important element. Warm air is brought in from the Pacific Ocean in the western US. As a result, it almost never snows on the west coast. Also, the air from the sea is very wet, which is good for agriculture. The Sierra Nevada holds back this wet, warm air, preventing the air from reaching the state of Nevada. This makes everything west of the Sierra Nevada fertile and everything east of the Sierra Nevada desert-like. The Sierra Nevada has a number of places of interest. There are three national parks; Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. There is also Lake Tahoe. This freshwater lake is popular for water sports and hiking and mountain biking. There are also so -called giant sequoias in this mountain range. The trees are the heaviest in the world and are tens of meters high (the tallest is almost 84 meters!).

Sierra Nevada