GILA COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- In Gila Count near the Tonto Basin, there is an abandoned rest area.

By itself it's not an issue, however, the question was raised as to why it's still closed and why it can’t be reopened?

[VIDEO: Trash piles up at Arizona rest stop]

Stanley Roberts of Arizona's Family took a look at the rest stop where Highway 87 and Highway 188 intersect.

To the north of the rest stop is Payson and to the south is Mesa and in between nothing else So, what happens is many people bypass Payson and there’s no more restrooms for about 75 miles.

So, what travelers are doing is driving down the road to one of the roads and use the restroom there.

The problem is it’s not a restroom, it’s the bushes hundreds - if not thousands - of people have turned the Tonto Basin into a giant toilet.

A lot of times they leave toilet paper and everything else and it becomes a health hazard.

In some places, it goes above and beyond just trash, there’s graffiti, and tagging, yes, illegal dumping in an area that some people might describe as God country.

Due to the budget in 2009, Arizona closed over a dozen rest stops and this stop never reopened.  Left behind are empty trash cans, a stuffed bear and a memorial of two fallen DPS troopers.

Well now, Arizona has a billion-dollar surplus, maybe they could consider re-opening the Mazatzal rest stop.

Caught Misbehaving with Stanley Roberts exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences. His reports air regularly on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.
 
 


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