We have always wanted to get to this CG. It has been on the list for a while. This is a primitive CG at the north point of Capital Reef. The drive here either by Hartnet Rd or Cathedral Valley Rd is an adventure with many sites to see and check out. 4WD not always needed but nice to have. The CG has 6 sites, we got the first one on the right as you come in. It had a really nice view. Standard NP primitive site, picnic table and fire ring with a pit toilet within walking distance. The toilet was in decent shape when we were there.
Timing is everything I guess, We were there in late May and the gnats were horrendous. Even with head nets you couldn't concentrate let alone eat or drink. The campfire drove them off but they were right back the next morning. We were going to stay here 2 nights but decided to move on. The night sky is amazing here though. Incredible.
The CG is within walking distance to the Cathedral Valley overlook (which has a picnic table) and the Upper South Desert overlook. Definitely worth checking out. Cathedral Valley is a fantastic place. You can launch out to the Morell Cabin, Cathedrals trail, and gypsum sink hole. All within 30 min from the CG. We came up Hartnet and back using Cathedral Valley Rd. Make sure you stop and check out the Temples of the Sun and Moon. BTW there looked like there was dispersed camping there as it is BLM land right before you get back into the park. Make sure you pack out what you pack in. And watch the weather, rain could make some areas impassable.
This campground is situated at the north end of the Park at a high elevation. It's free and has picnic tables, fire rings and a vault toilet but no water. If you want to make a fire, you must bring your own firewood. There are excellent views of the valley below only a short walk from the campsites.
Another wonder utah campground. And Capital reef is one of a kind. Getting out here is pretty ridiculous especially in a mini van. But the camping was epic.
One of the darkest, most secluded places I've set up camp. The views are absolutely worth it. After the moon set, you could read by starlight. It's a hard drive to get there, definitely recommend a 4x4 with high clearance. There are two way to get there, one being through Fishlake National Forest off of 72 where you weave through the mountains, (We saw it snow at the peak of the mountain when we crossed.) and the other of 24 near Cainsville through Cathedral Valley and the bentonite hills. Bring lots of water, no supply out there. Had fire pits and a drop toilet at the site surprisingly for how remote it was.