Interstate 40 – Needles to Barstow – California

Drive America’s Highways for 141 miles west along Interstate 40 from Needles to Barstow, California

We start the video entering Interstate 40 from the old Route 66 in Needles (exit 141). Starting out heading northwest, we soon turn west before passing the interchange with U.S. Highway 95 (Searchlight, Las Vegas). Continuing on I-40 west, we pass the exit for the National Trails Highway (closed at the time of filming) as we begin to skirt the southern boundary of the Mojave National Preserve.

Leaving MNP behind, we meet up with the National Trails Highway (Route 66) again at exit 50. Around this point, I-40 turns somewhat northwest for the final push through Pisgah and Newberry Springs before reaching Dagget and the Barstow area. The video ends with us merging onto Interstate 15 at I-40’s western terminus in Barstow.

Note: At the US-95 exit, our graphic is wrong. It should read Searchlight / Las Vegas.

11 Comments

  1. Sandra Mccoy

    Wow its pretty . Cool video thank you.

    • Interstate 411

      I only wish my windshield was clean and I wasn't driving into the sun. Would have made this 100x better 🙂

    • Sandra Mccoy

      Lol just seen that . But still cool video

    • Interstate 411

      Also, if you like deserts and you like sunrises…wait until Monday's video 🙂

    • Burghman

      So ridiculous that the speed limit on that is only 70

  2. Milton Callan

    I love my cross country trips, but it sure is great to see the old END 40 sign after 20 hours behind the wheel. Your graffic for exit 133 should be Searchlight – Las Vegas.

    • Interstate 411

      I dont know what I was on the week I produced these. Between the bad map and this…yeesh. I'm not going to fix this one though — ill make a note in the description.And yeah, the END 40 sign was nice.. Now I need to go to NC to get the other side. (I have the entirety of 40 up until I-26)

    • Interstate 411

      Also, stay tuned to Interstate411.us today. Posting an exclusive there this morning that won't be on YouTube.

  3. Jocelyn R

    Thanks for sharing. I am always trying to get more familiar with these roads, before I actually travel them. This is a huge highway!!

    • Interstate 411

      Very much so – one of the longest! As soon as I get the eastern terminus, ill make a video of the entire hwy

    • Interstate 411

      I forgot to mention, that is the whole reason for this site: So folks can get a bit more familiar with a route before traveling — or for the couch potato explorer 🙂

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