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California Rest Area Map

California Rest Area Map


Map of all California rest areas based on information gathered from the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) (updated September 30, 2023).

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California Rest Area Rules

The following rules were adopted by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) and are current as of this writing (September 30, 2023). These rules were edited for easier reading. For the full (word for word) text of the regulations, please visit, “Rules for Using Rest Areas in California“…

  • Camping is prohibited.
  • Parking is limited to 8 hours in a 24 hour period.
  • Parking is for temporary traveler rest, not as a parking place for hiking, skiing, fishing, et al.
  • Do not pitch tents or other shelters
  • Use of gas-fueled stoves, barbecues, or other portable cook tops is permitted
  • Solicitation for money is strictly prohibited.
  • Park only in designated parking spaces.
  • Throw all litter in trash receptacles
  • Do not use noise amplifying devices, megaphones, amplifiers, etc.
  • Keep all animals on a leash.
  • You cannot hook up to the rest area’s electrical or gas utilities.
  • Selling items or commercial activity is prohibited
  • You cannot dump waste materials or sewage, unless in an RV dump station
  • Do not post any notices, advertisements, or posters
  • Do not block vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

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