Fruita Campground, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

This beautiful campground is the major hub of Capitol Reef National Park. With several attractions to explore right around the campground including, hiking trails, the scenic loop, Visitor's center, the historic Gifford Homestead Store & Museum, fruit orchards, and several old structures from when the area was inhabited by early Mormon settlers. We loved the drive into the campground from the West, as well as our drive out towards the east. The campground is first come, first served, and during our travels in the busy summer season, all campers managed to get a site, however sites were limited in early evening. The campground sits in a
beautiful valley filled with fruit orchards and non-producing trees, surrounded by the red sandstone cliffs of Capitol Reef.  There are two loops, A and B. Most sites are shady and grassy, and all sites offer spectacular views, whether it's of horses grazing a field, sandstone cliffs, the old homestead, fruit orchards, or a little of each. Pads and interior roads are paved, most are pretty level and spacious. Picnic tables are provided. There are no hookups, and with summer temperatures averaging in the high nineties, spring and early fall are the best times to visit the park if cooler temperatures are your desire. The Visitor's Center is less than a mile away from camp and can be easily accessed by the biking/hiking trail or the main road. The Gifford Homestead is adjacent to the campground (open summers). Be sure to stop in and see a glimpse of history in the small museum and enjoy a slice of fresh pie or scoop of homemade ice cream, particularly, huckleberry. At night, enjoy the star studded skies in this International Dark Sky Park.

Best Sites: 2, 6, 8-10, 12, 18-19, 25, 27-29, 30, 40, 42, 48, 51-55, 65, 67-69
Poor Sites: 3, 24, 26
Hookups: None
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes