State Route 157 is located 15 miles (24 km) north of Las Vegas. The route starts at its junction with U.S. Route 95 (US 95) where it heads west rapidly gaining elevation. Within a span of 20 miles (32 km) an elevation of 3000 feet (900 m) is gained with noticeable difference: temperatures drop, trees and shrubs become greener and more numerous and there is lasting snow cover during winter months. Part of the route is designated as a Nevada Scenic Byway. The highway's western terminus is past the village of Mount Charleston where it winds up the side of the mountain for a short distance before U-turning back.
January 18th, 2015
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