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Frequently Asked Questions

There are 88 California Rest Areas in the State of California.

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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, are 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? 

Using a megaphone, loudspeaker, or other sound-amplifying device is 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, always check for posted rules changes for the rest area in question.