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ARIZONA SHUTTING DOWN POPULAR I-15 REST AREA

Though a recent survey showed an average 700 cars a day stop at the Cedar Pockets rest area off I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge, the state of Arizona will close the popular rest stop May 31.

"The rest rooms will be closed and eventually razed," said Bureau of Land Management spokesman Matt Stafford.He said the rest area was built in the early 1970s and needs extensive work. "The state of Arizona deemed this renovation and upgrade too expensive, and the decision was made to shut it down," Stafford said.

Stafford said the adjoining campground at Cedar Pockets is managed and owned by the BLM. An arrangement has been reached between Arizona and the BLM to transfer the rest stop land to BLM management.

The BLM campground will remain open to the public, but no toilet facilities will be available, Stafford said.