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Frequently Asked Questions

California Rest Areas Rules

Where Can I park at the rest area?

Only park in a designated parking place.

How long can I stay at a California rest area?

You may stay up to 8 hours in any 24 hour period.

May I walk my pet?

Walk your pet, as long as it is on a leash.

Where do I throw out litter?

Place your litter only in trash receptacles.

I need to empty my RV waste holding tank.

You may empty sanitary wastes from RV holding tanks and portable devices at one of 20 California Rest Areas that have designated dump stations.

Can I use stoves at the rest area?

You may use small stoves and heaters (except on wood tables) if you do it safely.

I have a Non Profit group activity that will correlate well at the rest stop.

Some nonprofit activities, with The Department of Transportation's permission is permissible. (The DOT's permission does not indicate sponsorship).

Can I temporarily block any part of the rest area?

No blocking of vehicular or pedestrian traffic is allowed.

Can I camp at the rest area?

No camping or pitching of any type of tent is allowed

Can I park and go on a hike?

No parking, to do something away from the rest area such as hike, camping or hunting is NOT allowed

Can I crank up my stereo?

Use a megaphone, loudspeaker or other sound amplifying device in NOT allowed

Can I tie into the rest area utilities?

NO use of the Department of Transportation's water, electricity or gas is allowed.

Can I sell stuff at the rest area?

You may NOT sell or publicize your private goods or services.

Can I paint on the walls?

Putting anything on walls or plants is NOT allowed.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: Violators of these rules will be cited by a California Peace Officer

The above rules are subject to change without notice

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