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The views from this area are excellent and you are right next to the entrance to Capitol Reef. We pulled in Nov 1, 2020 and only one other vehicle all night. We had a great site right next to some hiking trails. No amenities. We understand it gets quite full in the fall.
We had a hard time finding a camping spot in June. Fish Lake campgrounds fill up so fast. Frying pan was convenient and well organized. They have tent and RV spots, water, picnic tables, and fire rings. There are not many trees for coverage from wind and I did not find wood for purchase directly at the campsite but there are small convenient stores about 7 min away around Fish Lake.
I've been to my fair share of campgrounds, and Fruita Campground is, hands down, the best campground I've ever been to. Why?
- greenery. Among tons of dirt and rocks, Fruita offers gorgeous greenery and trees and shade!
- free fruit trees. We came during peak apricot season, so we got to pick tons of free apricots for our journey to Zion after our stay here.
- free firewood. Let's face it - you're in the middle of the desert so there's not a ton of firewood that you can legally buy/pick. They have it for free.
- camp store - sells tasty pies, desserts, and more. Be sure to grab some!
- wildlife. We saw lots of wildlife while we were here.
- stars. Some of the best stars I've ever seen while camping!
One of our favorite campgrounds in southern Utah nestled in the Capitol Reef National Park. We visited in mid October, the foliage was beautiful, cool temps at night, mild to warm during the day for hiking. Probably by favorite time to visit Southern Utah, otherwise it would be SO hot.
Like others have mentioned its the perfect mix of historical and geological wonders. The campsite itself is pleasant with flushing toilets, dumpsters, even water refill station and RV dump if you need. All sites are flat. The inner circle of sites are close together but you can find others along the outer edges facing out that are more spacious. All of them butt up to the orchards which you can walk through and pick your own fruit if its the right season. Deer roam around the campground, graze next to your tent or trailer, they are so sweet. The best part (beyond the views of the red rock canyons above, and gentle river that flows next to it) is the Gifford House - they sell fresh baked pies, cinnamon rolls and bread daily! Get there in the Am as they sell out. IF you ask my kids the homeade pies for breakfast might have been their favorite part! LOL.
I camped here during Labor Day week on a Friday night. We were a walk up reservation. The campsites themselves are small and some of the tent sites have the tent pad staggered down or up the hill from the main camp area. They all had a nice large picnic table and a FirePit with grate plus a separate BBQ. It was clean and well maintained. We were site 12 or something and had a great view of the lake in the mornings and a rough open sky for star gazing. Most of the other campers were respectful and quiet at night and in the morning. The bathrooms were easy to access and very basic. To access showers you need to go over to a different campground nearby or pay to use some at the holiday park nearby. Lots of water spigots everywhere for filling your containers. There was a tiny babbling brook next to my site which was nice to listen to at night. There was a trailhead to go up the mountain right in the campground or you could walk down to the lake and hike along the lakeside trail. Cattle seem to have free roaming access to the north of the holiday park but I didn’t smell them at all that day. It does get cold there at night since it’s at high elevation. I stumbled upon this campground by chance when our plans changed due to fires so I’d like to go back and spend some more time there on a properly planned vacation.
This little campground is nestled right in Bicknell, Utah. There’s only a few spots but the view is beautiful and walking distance to a well-trafficked hike. The water was shut off and bathrooms locked when we stayed, but the stream nearby was useful! Would highly recommend if you’re in the area, and make sure to stop by Marinia’s Country Cafe if you’re driving through.