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. There are no first come first serve sites during peak season.
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.
This developed campground has 71 campsites. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring (except sites 7, 48 and 50, which only have an above ground grill). There is a RV dump and potable water fill station near the entrance to Loops A and B. Campsites have no individual water or sewage hookups. There are no electrical hookups available. Restrooms have running water and flush toilets, but no showers. Accessible campsites are located adjacent to restrooms. A printable campground map and site dimensions can be found at https://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/fruitacampground.htm
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.
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.
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We were lucky to get a reservation at this campground as it is in the National Park. While they have no showers or cell service, the campground was nice, toilets had running water and were clean. Our particular site had a downhill slope so we had no flat ground to set our tent on, but we made it work. Great hikes in this park that I dubbed the stepchild Utah Park, the rangers are awesome, lots of activities, we were there over the Fourth of July and they had patriotic sing-a-longs along with other ranger led activities. Highly recommend this park and campground.
We stayed here in September 2018, in the tent area. We didn’t have reservations, but lucked into a spot. The camp hosts we had were awful, yelling at people and definitely on a power trip. But otherwise the campground is great! It’s adjacent to the fruit orchards, which you can just wander into and pick fruit for yourself! There were a lot of deer in the CG, too. Nice bathrooms with a dish sink on the outside. I definitely hope to stay here again!
Fruita Campground is well laid out with plenty of room, giving the feeling of some privacy, despite the number of people around. The tent-only walk-in area is a very large grassy area with trees for shade, picnic tables, grills, and fire pits.
There are plenty of restrooms spread out throughout the campground and the facilities are kept clean.
This campsite is right at the entrance to Capitol Reef NP, so it is a perfect spot for those visiting. All of the campsites are fairly close to each other and there is not much privacy between the sites, but that is made up for by the amazing surroundings.
You are right in the middle of the historical town of Fruita, with the CRNP visitor center nearby. There is also a great picnic/day use area nearby.
We saw a family of deer all lounging right at the campground amphitheater after we took a walk down the Fremont River Trail.
If you come here, you MUST take the scenic drive to the end of the Capitol Reef Gorge, and stop for a pie on your way out
This is one of my favorite places to be in the summer. Red rocks and in the mist is a green lush valley. I love going and seeing the big deer in the campground and park. Lots of great hikes close and lots of things to do.
Close to town but in some remote country. This campground is so much fun. Big sites, with tables and bathrooms.
Cutest Campground award! Surrounded by orchards and grassy fields, this $20 a night campground was a lovely little stop! Super clean bathrooms and wonderful sites both tent and RV (loop pictures shown) We saw deer and tons of little critters. There were horses near by which my daughter went nuts to visit! If your driving between Utah parks this is definitely a refreshing stop to make! Unfortunately we didn’t hike in the area but there was a nature center and a little store that seemed to serve some kind of food. We did see signs for hiking trails on the way out of the Park. Overall super wonderful quiet little camp! Great experience!
This place was amazing. Truly an oasis in the desert. Clean, big space, the orchard is in the campground, and they have drinking water, bathrooms and showers. Every morning a deer family walkes across the campsite, they own the place. We picked apples for breakfast, then went for a hike. My favorite campsite.
Great place to enjoy views of the incredible rock formations of Capitol Reef National Park. The campground is quiet, has clean bathrooms, and the nearby store sells freshly baked pies every morning. Very enjoyable.
We got really lucky and were able to book a tent site day-of in the National Park… There are a ton of campsites here, plenty for RVs and tents alike. The site we got was a walk-in (there were 4-6 of these available). The walk-in sites have assigned parking spots and you have to walk a very short distance to get to your spot. All of them had a table and flat spot to pitch your tent, and the spots were far enough apart that you still felt like you had privacy. The bathrooms were super clean (I didn't see any showers). It was such a beautiful place to camp – the sunset over the cliffs above us was spectacular, and there was a group of deer that wandered through the sites during the evening. I would absolutely stay here again!
This is my favorite campground by far! All facilities are well maintained, there are orchards to pick fruit in and it’s also a certified dark area. You can actually see the Milky Way here!!