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    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
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    1.

    Goblin Valley State Park Campground

    57 Reviews
    330 Photos
    453 Saves
    Hanksville, Utah

    The campground at Goblin Valley State Park consists of 25 sites and two yurts. Goblin Valley camping is divided into ten walk-in tent pads, fourteen RV spaces, and one group site able to accommodate up to 35 people. Showers and flush toilets, as well as a communal water and dump station are all available free of charge. All sites contain a picnic table, metal fire ring, and shade shelter.

    Cowboys searching for cattle first discovered secluded Goblin Valley. Then in the late 1920s, Arthur Chaffin, owner/operator of the Hite ferry, and two companions were searching for an alternative route between Green River and Caineville. They came to a vantage point about a mile west of Goblin Valley and were awed by what they saw, five buttes and a valley of strange-shaped rock formations surrounded by a wall of eroded cliffs.

    In 1949, Chaffin returned to the area he called Mushroom Valley. He spent several days exploring the mysterious valley and photographing its scores of intricately eroded creatures. The area was acquired by the state of Utah and in 1964 was officially designated a state park.

    Goblin Valley State Park is a showcase of geologic history. Exposed cliffs reveal parallel layers of rock bared by erosion. Because of the uneven hardness of sandstone, some patches resist erosion much better than others. The softer material is removed by wind and water, leaving thousands of unique, geologic goblins. Water erosion and the smoothing action of windblown dust work together to shape the goblins.

    Bedrock is exposed because of the thin soil and lack of vegetation. When rain does fall, there are few plant roots and little soil to capture and hold the water, which quickly disappears, in muddy streams without penetrating the bedrock.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park

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    Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park

    79 Reviews
    365 Photos
    149 Saves
    Torrey, Utah

    Overview

    Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles. The Fruita Campground has 71 sites. 65 sites are reservable from March 1 to October 31. Sites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 are used as administrative sites. Sites 14, 24, and 63 are accessible sites with electrical hookups. Beginning August 1, 2023 generators are only allowed in loop C. There are no first come first serve sites during peak season.

    Recreation

    Walk to historic inscriptions on the Capitol Gorge Trail and stroll the Goosenecks Trail. Visitors looking for longer trails can explore Cohab Canyon, Chimney Rock and Cassidy Arch. Enjoy the geology and view the Fremont petroglyph panels along Hwy 24. In addition, the Scenic Drive will introduce you to the fascinating cultural and geological history of Capitol Reef National Park. The drive includes a portion of the original road through the Waterpocket Fold. The road passes through parts of the Fruita Historic District and follows the western faces of the Waterpocket Fold, and spur roads allow exploration into beautiful Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge. Check at the visitor center for a current schedule of interpretive programs, which may include geology talks, Fremont culture talks, evening programs, star gazing, moonwalks and geology hikes. Stop in at Ripple Rock Nature Center to experience interactive exhibits, games, activities and free educational programs. Wander through the historic Fruita orchards and pick fresh fruit when in season. The orchards contain approximately 3,100 trees including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond and walnut. Discover Mormon pioneer history at the historic Gifford House store and museum.

    Facilities

    Walk to historic inscriptions on the Capitol Gorge Trail and stroll the Goosenecks Trail. Visitors looking for longer trails can explore Cohab Canyon, Chimney Rock and Cassidy Arch. Enjoy the geology and view the Fremont petroglyph panels along Hwy 24. In addition, the Scenic Drive will introduce you to the fascinating cultural and geological history of Capitol Reef National Park. The drive includes a portion of the original road through the Waterpocket Fold. The road passes through parts of the Fruita Historic District and follows the western faces of the Waterpocket Fold, and spur roads allow exploration into beautiful Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge. Check at the visitor center for a current schedule of interpretive programs, which may include geology talks, Fremont culture talks, evening programs, star gazing, moonwalks and geology hikes. Stop in at Ripple Rock Nature Center to experience interactive exhibits, games, activities and free educational programs. Wander through the historic Fruita orchards and pick fresh fruit when in season. The orchards contain approximately 3,100 trees including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond and walnut. Discover Mormon pioneer history at the historic Gifford House store and museum.

    Natural Features

    The Fruita Campground area is located one mile south of the visitor center and is often described as an oasis within the desert. Fruita Campground is a semi-shaded, grassy campground and is located in the Fruita Historic District of the park.

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    For facility specific information, please call (435) 425-3791.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Fruita campground is adjacent to the Fremont River and is a short walk from the group site, amphitheater, picnic areas, hiking trails, the historic Gifford house and orchards.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
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    Millsite State Park Campground

    9 Reviews
    23 Photos
    74 Saves
    Ferron, Utah
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Camper-submitted photo from Capitol Reef National Park Dispersed Camping
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    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Campground - goblin valley
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    Dispersed Campground - goblin valley

    20 Reviews
    89 Photos
    397 Saves
    Hanksville, Utah

    The San Rafael Swell is a land of canyons, striking sandstone formations and breathtaking panoramas. An area covering 2000 square miles, it is located in southern Utah and is divided by I-70. In a part of the country with many National Parks and Monuments, the little known San Rafael Swell area rivals them all in beautiful scenery.

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    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
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    The Bend Gem

    17 Reviews
    86 Photos
    688 Saves
    Fremont, Utah
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    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
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    Joes Valley Reservoir

    8 Reviews
    32 Photos
    83 Saves
    Orangeville, Utah

    Overview

    Joe's Valley Reservoir Campground is located in a high mountain valley next to its namesake, at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing and exploring the surrounding off-road vehicle trails. A paved road winds around the lake but quickly turns to dirt once the elevation begins to increase.

    Recreation

    The reservoir offers good fishing for cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, tiger muskie and trophy splake. Boating, water skiing and canoeing are popular on the lake. A boat ramp is located nearby on the eastern shoreline. Horseback riding, bouldering, hiking and mountain biking are popular in the area as well.

    Facilities

    The campground contains several single and double-family campsites, all of which are accessible. Many sites have lake views and some sites are shaded. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Boat ramps can be found nearby for easy lake access.__

    Natural Features

    Joe's Valley is situated on the Wasatch Plateau in Central Utah. Juniper, pinyon pine and sagebrush cover the area, and aspens and pines dot the surrounding hillsides. Located on a reservoir, there is nearby access to Seely Creek, Littles Creek, North Dragon Creek, and Lowry Water.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Renowned bouldering opportunities are located in nearby Straight and Cottonwood Canyons. Popular mountain fisheries at Grassy Lake, Pete's Hole, and Potters Ponds are all within 10 miles of the group site. The 370-mile Arapeen Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System can be accessed directly from the Reeder Trailhead, which includes 66 and 55-inch OHV trails. Attractions at Joe's Valley Reservoir include the Orange Olsen Guard Station cabin rentals, and Joe's Valley Group Pavilion.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Tent Cabin

    $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Dispersed Exit 108 Lone Tree Road
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Dispersed Exit 108 Lone Tree Road
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Dispersed Exit 108 Lone Tree Road
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Dispersed Exit 108 Lone Tree Road
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    Palisade State Park Campground

    9 Reviews
    14 Photos
    60 Saves
    Sterling, Utah
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $24 - $100 / night

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