State Route 90 and 95 in Arizona

State Route 90 in Arizona

Get started tombstone
End Benson
Length 47 mi
Length 75 km
Sierra Vista



According to 800Zipcodes, State Route 90 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road links the south of the state from near Tombstone through Sierra Vista to near Benson. State Route 90 is 75 kilometers long.

Travel directions

State Route 90 begins 15 miles south of Tombstone at an intersection with State Route 80 and initially runs 15 miles west through a wide barren valley. One then passes through Sierra Vista, a still fairly large town with a large army base nearby, more than 20 kilometers north of the border with Mexico. The section through Sierra Vista has mostly five lanes with a center turn lane. From Sierra Vista north to Interstate 10 west of Benson, SR-90 is mostly a 2×2 divided highway. The road leads through the flat desert, with mountains to the west. The end point is at a truck stopon I-10, 3 miles west of the town of Benson.


The road was built in the 1940’s between Sierra Vista and then US 80 west of Bisbee and south of Tombstone. In the 1950s, the road was built north to what was then US 80 west of Benson, connecting Sierra Vista to Arizona’s major highway network. In 1957, the State Route 90 number was assigned to the east-west section. Later in the 1960s, State Route 90 was extended north from Sierra Vista to I-10, replacing SR-92 here. In the 1990s, the road between Sierra Vista and I-10 was widened to a 2×2 divided highway.

Sierra Vista grew rapidly from a village to a small town from the 1970s and now has approximately 45,000 inhabitants. It is one of the larger places in Arizona that is not served by an Interstate Highway. State Route 90 is the main access point from Sierra Vista to the main road network.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 3,000 vehicles travel between the SR-80 and Sierra Vista, rising to 19,000 vehicles in Sierra Vista itself. Between Sierra Vista and I-10 at Benson, 9,000 to 13,000 vehicles a day drive.

State Route 95 in Arizona

Get started Quartz site
End Bullhead City
Length 116 mi
Length 187 km
Quartz site


Cienega Springs

Lake Havasu City


Arizona Village

Willow Valley

Fort Mohave

Bullhead City

Nevada NV-163

State Route 95 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road is in two parts and forms a north-south route along the California border formed by the Colorado River. The road runs from Quartzsite to Bullhead City and is 187 kilometers long.

Travel directions

State Route 95 near Lake Havasu City.

In the desert village of Quartzsite, State Route 95 begins at a junction with Interstate 10, just east of the California state border . US 95 is an extension from the south, but then heads west on I-10 toward California. State Route 95 then heads north through the flat desert to Parker.

From Parker to Lake Havasu City, State Route 95 leads through mountainous terrain along the Colorado River. The river flows through a canyon here, with State Route 95 crossing the east bank. The road passes by the Parker Dam, which forms Lake Havasu on the border with California. The road leads through a rugged mountain landscape. Finally, one passes through Lake Havasu City, a sprawling suburb that actually has no central city it focuses on. State Route 95 then ends 25 miles north of Lake Havasu City at a junction with Interstate 40.

About 20 miles to the northwest, State Route 95 begins again on the border with the state of California, near the California town of Needles, known as the terminus of Interstate 40 in California. The road then heads north through the flat Colorado River valley. The area is predominantly irrigated, with desert agriculture. The road leads through the town of Bullhead City, where there is also an eastern bypass. State Route 68 connects to the north of Bullhead City. The road then turns west, almost immediately following the border with the state of Nevada. State Route 163 in Nevada then continues through the casino town of Laughlin towards Las Vegas.


State Route 95 originally began on the border with Mexico in San Luis. The part south of Quartzsite later became part of US 95. State Route 95 has a spur in Parker to State Route 62 in California.

The Parker Dam was constructed between 1934 and 1938, creating Lake Havasu. Originally, Lake Havasu City was a small lakeside town, with a population of 4,000 in 1970. The city began to grow rapidly and had more than 50,000 residents in 2010. The place has the character of a huge suburb, but does not have a historic center to which it focuses, it is far from other larger towns.

Traffic intensities

2,500 to 5,000 vehicles drive daily between Quartzsite and Parker, rising to 18,000 vehicles in Parker and 3,000 vehicles between Parker and Lake Havasu City. Up to 25,000 vehicles pass through Lake Havasu City, dropping to 7,000 vehicles as far as I-40.

The northern section from Needles to Bullhead City handles 7,000 to 9,000 vehicles per day, increasing to a maximum of 32,000 vehicles in Bullhead City.

State Route 95 in Arizona