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.
ADA Access: N
Stayed one night, would have loved to stay more. The campsite is nestled in the bottom of the canyon in a picturesque Fruit Orchard. Water and toilets only, strict generator hours. International Dark Sky, amphitheater with multiple talks about the area daily. Runs along the River, dear everywhere enjoying the fruit. Was a favorite by kids and parents 🌲🥰
The campground is clean and as my title states, it's amazing to have shade during the summer months.
Make sure you pack in what you need for food and water as the closest town is a bit of a drive. The restrooms were clean, but there is no shower facility.
You are in close proximity to many hiking trails and the ranger programs we attended were well worth it especially the night sky.
Be sure to eat some of the fruit available in the orchards! The apricots were amazing!
Would certainly recommend making a reservation
The Fruita Campground is open year-round, and is the only developed campground in Capitol Reef National Park. This campground is one of the most unique ones I’ve stayed at. The orchard 🏕 onsite for picking fruit is so cool! There are lots of trees and shade and after driving through the desert it’s crazy to find this oasis tucked back behind these big beautiful rocks 🏜. The sites are a good size and comfortable. You don’t have cell service but, maybe that’s your thing? Not having to worry about email can be a plus. There are bathrooms but, unfortunately no showers. Definitely, a great stop while visiting all of the National parks in Utah.
The 71-site Fruita Campground is the only developed campground in Capitol Reef. Reservations are available March 1- October 31.
Each site has a picnic table and firepit and/or above ground grill, but no individual water, sewage, or electrical hookups.
There is a RV dump and potable water fill station near the entrance to Loops A and B.
The nightly fee is $20.00 ($10.00 for Golden Age/Senior Pass holders.
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.