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Frugal RV Travel: Overnight parking at rest stops

Frugal RV Travel: Overnight parking at rest stops

ELORA, Ontario — Like many RVers, truckers, and car-travelers, we occasionally park at roadside rest stops overnight.

In which states is it legal to park overnight?

Each state has different official rules about this. Here’s a list of the states that officially allow overnight (one night only) camping at roadside rest areas in self contained vehicles (no tents).

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • -– only on Illinois Toll Road
  • Indiana – only on Indiana Toll Road
  • Kansas
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York – emergencies only
  • Ohio – only on Ohio Turnpike
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon – 14-hour limit
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming – with some limitations


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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.


  1. Nice to know where they are. I have stayed in a rest area. A trooper once said the state may frown on it but not a single cop will tell a tired driver to move. They would rather see you there than splattered on the road 10 miles away.
    A truck driver once told me when someone knocks on his door in a rest area or truck stop he tells them to wait as help is coming as the police have been called. That usually stops everything. He said it is almost always protitutes.

  2. I had previously questioned the Texas DOT about staying overnight at rest stops and found it was okay. Obviously don’t create a campground, just park and sleep. Further they said if inclement weather was the reason, the stay can be extended past 24 hours. Good to know if you get caught in severe storms or a couple of days of high winds.

  3. Might want to verify Virginia. I thought they had signs that said “Two hour parking.”

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