Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Cedar Mesa Campground
National Park Service
Drive In
Walk In
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Cedar Mesa Campground is located in Capitol Reef National Park in Utah
38.0071 N
-111.0848 W
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4 Reviews of Cedar Mesa Campground
Primative but a great location

This campground really exceeded our expectations. Its a typical primitive site. No water, bring your own wood, and a pit toilet. The sites and toilet were in pretty good condition. We were there on Memorial Day.  2 of the 5 sites were occupied when we arrived at approx. 1130 am and the other 2 were taken by 1pm. They are doing some recovery work at the CG and have put areas and trail between sites off limits. If you stay here, take the time to do the red canyon trail. The trailhead is on the west side of the canyon and the hike is worth it. Exposed for the first mile or so but great views of the waterpocket fold. Once you get into the wash there are amazing rock features and colors up the canyon. This is also a great base to do the Upper and Lower Muley Twist trails, Halls Creek or the number of washes you can hike. All in all this CG was not a disappoint and its sits in some amazing country.

Small free campground in the southern part of the Park

It's the only place to camp in the very scenic southern end of the Park. There are only five sites. All have a fire ring and picnic table. There's a vault toilet, but no water or firewood so you must bring your own. It's also the trailhead for the superb short Red Canyon Trail where I saw a Mountain Sheep.


A bit of a drive on a dirt road but worth it. Its first come first serve and has pit toilets, fire ring, and table. Beautiful scenery.

First to Review
Isolation in the Waterpocket Fold

We spent one night at Cedar Mesa after finding the campground in Fruita to be full. We drove for about an hour on the Notom-Bullfrog road before finding the primitive campsite. We took the site farthest back on the north side of the road and had a gorgeous view of the sagebrush and red rocks. The night sky was unbelievable! Our only complaint, that really can't be improved upon, was we were constantly harassed by bees. There must have been a nest nearby. Our site included a fire pit and picnic table. We had a wonderful time!