Painted Cliffs Rest Area on I-40 closes for renovations

Project will upgrade water lines, electrical systems

PHOENIX – The Painted Cliffs Rest Area on Interstate 40 near the New Mexico state line in northeastern Arizona has closed for a $2.7 million renovation that’s expected to be completed by early next year.

Work planned for the rest area, located at I-40 milepost 358, includes upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, replacing a water line, replacing the septic tanks and sewer lines, upgrading the electrical and mechanical systems, and painting.

During the closure, the nearest traveler facilities will be in Sanders and Holbrook. There are also facilities in New Mexico. More information can be found at

Improvements at the Meteor Crater Rest Area on I-40 are scheduled after work is completed at the Painted Cliffs Rest Area.