We enjoyed this campground. Unlike the other Utah National Parks this campground was easier to book and had sites remaining for weeks after they were released. There are 3 separate loops with orchards all around. There is lots of grass throughout the sites and where you set up your tents. There is not much privacy in any of the sites as the trees are all very tall and the leaves are high up. You are sitting in the canyon so the views all around are beautiful. The contrast between the lush green grass and orchards and the red rock is stunning. It was nice being able to walk through the orchards. There are roads along and behind several of the camp sites. The visitor's center and historical sites are a pretty long walk along a road from the camp site. There are not many hikes in close proximity to the campground. It was ideal for us to drive to the trailheads and sites as the park is quite large. The bathrooms were well kept with flushing toilets. There is a pretty serious irrigation operation running along the orchards which resulted in a fairly loud pouring water sound.
Site C 070: Our site was at the very end of loop C. There are dumpsters along the side of the site, and a road leading to a parking lot for the amphitheatre and orchards directly behind the site. Luckily it was cool when were there so there was no smell, but I would imagine in the summer the smell would be unpleasant in addition to being an unwelcome view. The road was not at all busy when we were there in October. Across the road is an orchard which hosted several deer while we were there. The deer also seemed to roam fearlessly throughout the entire campground. This site is as far from the bathrooms as you can get. I would recommend a different site if you have the option due to the dumpsters. If it was the only site left I would still stay here.
Loved this campground perfect balance of natural wonder and history. The campsites had plenty of shade and grass to play on. Great hikes near the camp and theu the park. Loved the dome off road trail. The view of jailhouse dome was breath taking
Good campground and clean, you even will see deer in the campground. Great location if you enjoy some serious hiking.
This is a typical NPS campground, but the camp hosts were extra nice. Bathrooms were clean, water fill ups, and located next to an apricot orchard, where you can pick your own dessert.
Unless youre going deep into canyonlands backpacking or are canyoneering in zion its hard to find peace and quiet like you can at Capitol Reef Nat'l Park. The hikes in the park are quite long and reach hidden cowboy hideaways like Cassidy Arch. The driving loop is also nice if you have limited time and want to see the entire monocline. So if the other parks are jam packed theres a decent chance you wont have to worry about crowds here!
Site is shaded and backs to a beautiful orchard. Picnic table and fire ring supplied and close to the bathrooms. No showers. A short walk and you can buy cinnamon rollls, several flavors of fruit pies, and sourdough bread at the Gifford House. Items sell out by 1:00 PM. Pie flavors included: cherry, apple, peach, mixed berry, and strawberry-rhubarb.
We enjoyed the 2 mile hike to Hickman Bridge just after sunrise when we had the trail to ourself. By 8 AM more people were joining us.
The roadside overlook at Panoramic Point at sunset was breathtaking. The short hikes from this trailhead were easy and quick to take in
The 10 mike scenic drive down the water pocket fold was easy to navigate. There are several pull outs for pictures. We didn’t attempt the dirt road which leads deeper into the Gorge. I would have loved to drive this slot Canyon with a 4 wheel drive vehicle, although we did see many two wheel drives making the attempt and succeeding.
Fruita campground is just behind the Capitol Reef NP visitor's center and right at the start of the Cohab Canyon trailhead. There are toilets and running water, but no showers, and NO cell service. 2018 is the first year the campsite is by reservations. However, it does advertise a few walk-in sites. Those site we not full when I was there even the though the entrance of the campground was marked a full. Campsite are flat, clean, and well shaded. You might be on dirt or grass. Expect the sprinklers to be running in the spring and summer. Each site has a fire pit, picnic table, and charcoal grill.
I've been to Capitol Reed a handful of time and every time I find something new to do and see. While it's certainly nice to visit when the fruit trees are blooming - or harvestable, but it is less busy in the winter months. During peak times there is an campground outside the park that is worth checking if you can't find room in the park.
We road tripped through all of Utah’s national parks this year, and were most surprised by Capitol Reef. It is probably the least popular of the parks, but it was our favorite, by far. By chance, we stayed here just as the apple crop was ripening (August), so we got to pick some of the heritage varieties that were available. We treated ourselves to baked apples over our campfire. There’s a lovely little gift shop right near the campground, and while they sell mostly souvenires and the like, they also have homemade cherry pies. The main petroglyphs are within walking distance, as are many incredible hiking trails. If you’re there on the weekend, be sure to take advantage of some of the interpretive programs. We did a full moon hike, which was really incredible.
The campground is fairly open, with some big trees for shade. There’s a river running through the back side of the campground - perfect for cooling off on hot summer days. We did see a snake on the river bank while we were wading in the water, so be warned. Amenities are very basic - just toilets and cold water - no showers.
This is a nice campground with lots of trees and shade. It's located right in the middle of the park and very close to trailheads and attractions like the ancient hieroglyphics on the rock walls. We took a really nice drive scenic drive into canyons and really cool rock formations. I would like to go back here and spend some more time to explore the park.