U.S. Route 385 is a spur of U.S. Route 85. It currently runs for 1,206 miles (1,941 km) from Deadwood, South Dakota to Big Bend National Park in Texas.
US 385 is designated as a part of the La Entrada al Pacifico
trade corridor from Interstate 10
in Fort Stockton
to Interstate 20
. The section from Fort Stockton to McCamey
is concurrent to US 67
From Odessa, US 385 meets up with U.S. Highway 62 in Seminole, Texas and continues northward to Brownfield, Texas, where US 385 continues northward towards Levelland, Texas and crosses by U.S. Highway 84 in Littlefield, Texas. From Littlefield, US 385 continues northward until it crosses Interstate 40 and then goes in a half circle to Hartley, Texas where US 385 joins U.S. Highway 87. US 385 and US 87 follow a northwest track until the two meet U.S. Highway 54 and then split, with US 385 continuing northward until it exits Texas at the Oklahoma border.
, US-385 runs through Cimarron County
at the end of the Oklahoma panhandle
. Fourteen miles north of the border, it joins with US-56
, and US-412
. The three highways run northeast into the county seat, Boise City
. In the middle of town, the highways come to a traffic circle
surrounding the Cimarron County Courthouse. The traffic circle serves seven highways (with most passing through, forming the state's only six-way concurrency
): U.S. Routes 56, 64, 287, 385 and 412, and State Highways 3
. Every numbered highway in the county except one meets at this traffic circle.
After leaving the circle, US-385 heads northward, overlapping US-287 and SH-3, the state's longest state highway. SH-3 ends at the state line while US-287/385 continue north into Colorado.
The section of US-385 that overlaps SH-3 is also signed as Governor George Nigh's Northwest Passage, after the governor of Oklahoma responsible for improvements to the corridor.
- Fort Stockton, Texas
- Levelland, Texas
- Odessa, Texas
- Dalhart, Texas
- Boise City, Oklahoma
- Lamar, Colorado
- Burlington, Colorado
- Julesburg, Colorado
- Sidney, Nebraska
- Alliance, Nebraska
- Chadron, Nebraska
- Hot Springs, South Dakota
U.S. 385 passes north-south through the easternmost counties of Colorado
. It enters Colorado south on Campo
on an overlap with U.S. Route 287
. The overlap continues north until Lamar
. At Lamar, the route turns east on an overlap with U.S. Route 50
and this overlap ends in Granada
. The highway turns north at Granada and meets Interstate 70
and Interstate 76
. The highway leaves Colorado northwest of Julesburg.
U.S. 385 passes north-south through the Nebraska Panhandle
. It enters Nebraska
south of Chappell
and overlaps U.S. Route 30
between Chappell and Sidney
. At Sidney, it turns north, meeting U.S. Route 26
. It goes through Alliance
before intersecting U.S. Route 20
. It exits the state northwest of Chadron.
U.S. 385 enters South Dakota
south of Oelrichs
. It is overlapped with U.S. Route 18
between Oelrichs and Hot Springs
It turns north and enters Wind Cave National Park
before turning west to go through Pringle
. At Custer, it begins an overlap with U.S. Route 16
, which ends near Hill City
. It gradually turns northwesterly and ends at an intersection with U.S. Route 85
Legally, the South Dakota section of U.S. 385, with the exception of concurrencies with U.S. 18 and U.S. 16 and a gap at Wind Cave National Park, is defined at South Dakota Codified Laws § 31-4-235.
Today's U.S. Route 385 is the second route to bear the number. The original route eventually became part of U.S. 87
and the U.S. 385 designation was removed from the rolls around 1935.
The current U.S. 385 first appeared in 1959. Originally, the route continued along U.S. 287 north of Lamar, Colorado, splitting in Kit Carson to follow U.S. 40 east to meet up with the present-day alignment in Cheyenne Wells.