Parks rest area scheduled to reopen<br>
The rest area on Interstate 40 between Parks and Bellemont has been closed since summer 2002, but is scheduled to reopen with improved features sometime this month
Though a true count of visitors to the rest area is difficult to come by, Burdick says an average of 15,000-16,000 vehicles pass the Parks area on I-40 daily. That surprisingly large number means that the rest area uses about 900,000 gallons of water per month during the summer and about 300,000-400,000 gallons per month in the winter.
With a long list of amenities, such as vending machines, picnic tables, pet area, nature trail and more, the Parks rest area is one of only four such stops along the 370-mile Arizona stretch of I-40.
Traveling west, the three other I-40 rest areas include one with a welcome center just west of the New Mexico border, one at Meteor Crater — which, incidentally, is scheduled to close for one year for reconstruction once the Parks rest area has opened — and one 23 miles east of the California border.