As much as visitor centers, toilet buildings and
restrooms provide the primary point of visitor
contact. They leave a strong impression of the
Forest Service’s image.
• Design to standards suitable to the context,
from highly detailed in highly developed and
visible areas to more utilitarian in less
developed and less visible areas.
• Use vegetation, rock outcrops, boulders, or
screens to buffer views of more utilitarian
• Place restrooms in locations convenient to
parking areas and trailheads and within
functional needs of service vehicles.
• Avoid placements that dominate or disrupt
attractive views and vistas while allowing easy
identification of location by visitors.
• Locate restrooms away from stream corridors,
rivers, wetlands, or lakes in accordance with
State water-quality standards.
• To optimize ventilation of vault toilet buildings,
ensure an unobstructed airflow across the top of
the vent pipe and ensure airflow is not restricted
near the wall vent.
• Where possible, locate toilet buildings downwind
of other developments and use areas.
Figure of Restroom Siting-
Parking nearby with a filtered view of restroom building.
Use trees to buffer building.