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-

Orient vent pipe on Southside for Sun exposure

Parking nearby with a filtered view of restroom building.

Use trees to buffer building.




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