8.6 Excellent
     
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Fruita Campground (NPS Campground)

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah



Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Phone: (435) 425-3791

Sites: 71
Recent Rate: $10 8/2016

Latitude: 38.282290013671
Longitude: -111.24664664268

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

49 Reviews

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Review Count: 423
States Visited: 52
Helpful Reviews: 35

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

We came in on a Sunday afternoon in early August and had no problems finding an open site in Loop C. Most sites are fairly level, but some do have a bit of grade. Most of the double sites were taken by tent campers, but we had no problems with a single wide site. No over-the-air TV or cell phone reception at this NP. Nearest place for limited supplies is Torrey, about 10 miles west. Forget going east for anything. The campground hosts were right on top of things here. Just what we normally expect in a NPS campground. Deer are all over here, we had six mostly bucks show up one afternoon. We would come back if in the area. The only negative would be the very limited generator hours. 8 to 10 in the morning and 6 to 8 in the evening. It gets light at about 6, so waiting until 8 makes for a later start to the day. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
71
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

At the top of the Scenic Drive is a rough gravel road that goes another mile into the gorge. This is where a couple of trail heads are located. We highly recommend this drive which we had no problems with in a Ford Fusion. The Capital Gorge trail is a great hike, but don't go mid-day in the summer as it is full sun then.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent two nights here and got in some great hikes. The campground is beautiful. We had a double-wide site that allowed us to spread out and enjoy the late afternoon shade and great views. Capitol Reef is a great park and Fruita is a wonderful place from which to explore it. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C67
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great fruit pies, coffee and other goodies at the nearby, historic store, an easy walk from the campground.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is incredible for being a no-hookup campground. Upon arriving, I really thought I was at the wrong place. We were able to find a site without problem (arrived about 2pm) and setup camp. The campground has easy access to the national park attractions and hiking trails. Some trails and the visitors' center require driving to get there. The evening program at the campground led by a national park ranger was excellent. The dump station and water fill area were level and easy to get into and out of. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

A no hook up campground with water spigots and a very tight dump station. We stayed here based on others reviews and loved it. Even this late in the season it did fill up most nights so arrive early. Our 38 foot fifth wheel with semi (same footprint as a large dually) fit with the jeep alongside in site 12 with our tail hanging over the rear of the site. One of the other loops has a few longer sites.
Our solar panels were working away and the view out the back window was stunning.
This park is beautiful and the campground is great. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

In Torrey, Wonderland RV Park sells propane at a reasonable price. Also, if you do not stay in the NP, this is a good option. Very tidy and pride of ownership is obvious. They also have a water fill $5.00 and dump $10.00 for this not staying with them.

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Review Count: 149
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 33

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

If you can dry camp for a night or two (or 3) this campground is in a beautiful setting and very reasonable. Fees just went up and our rate was $10 per night with the interagency senior pass, otherwise it will be $20 per night. Roads and sites are paved. I think Loops A & B are the best. Sites fill up early as it is first come, first served. We did not have any Verizon phone service. You can take a very short walk to the store for the best pies ever! Sunsets are absolutely gorgeous! Several hikes at several difficulty levels from the campground. Camp hosts are present to help with any questions. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Pavers
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Pay attention when you pick your site as many of the sites have the chained down picnic table and firepit on the backside of where your trailer door will open. Be sure to take the scenic drive into the park.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

We arrived relatively early in the morning and had a good selection of sites. There are 3 loops in the park and we selected a site in loop C the farthest loop out. This loop is a single loop built within the old orchards and is relatively private. One of the quietest campgrounds I have been in. Loved the site. Roads are great and all sites have paved strip. Plenty of room for most size RV's. Great "oasis" location with plenty of trees and green with the Fremont river running along the edge. Lots of history here with the Mormon settlement. Bathrooms in this loop were OK but appeared to be newer in the other loops. The one in this loop could have used a bit of maintenance (faucets did not run all that well) but it was clean. No showers here and no hookups. No cell or internet service either. Lots of trails right from the CG. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
61
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Torrey, UT is a good place for necessities and some cell and internet service. Also laundry facility at the general store.

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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

Fruita is one of the nicest national park campgrounds we have ever visited. It is truly an oasis in the desert, with huge cottonwood trees all through it. There are several hiking trails that leave right from the campground and the park scenic drive starts right outside the campground entrance. The gift shop next door sells wonderful fresh-baked pies every day. Capitol Reef is a spectacular and under-appreciated park, though it has become more popular in recent years. Fruita campground is extremely popular and is first-come, first-served only. The campground fills up by late morning every day and people are driving around at 7 in the morning to find a campsite. Come early midweek to have a prayer of getting a site. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you can't get a site, there is BLM dispersed camping just 7 miles west outside the park border. Camp there and come back first thing in the morning. Between 8 and 10 seems to be the best time to find a site.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Nothing bad to say about this campground except that everyone else seems to love it as well. It is first come first serve and folks start cruising for open sites by 8:00am! We arrived just before noon and got one of the last sites available. Only $5/night with a Senior Pass. All sites are paved and pretty level. Hiking nearby and apples, pears and apricots to pick in season. Eat all you can under the trees or take a bag home for a small fee. Historic farmhouse adjoining the campground sells pies (I couldn't resist the strawberry rhubarb and it was very good), jams and such. Beautiful area, should have planned for a longer stay. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 120
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 55

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

$5 per night, using our Golden Age Passport half-price senior discount, was for a level asphalt primitive site with picnic table and pedestal BBQ. The Fruita campground has many large trees, which offer plenty of shade in the summer for the generous sites. The campground is located in a valley and has a spectacular 360° view of the surrounding geologic formations. Hiking, biking, touring the park via automobile, and picking fruit in season are the main activities in the gorgeous Capitol Reef National Park. Torrey, the nearest town, has the basic general store and several restaurants (but all will be closed during the winter). AT&T cell service was available starting at Panorama Point and continued into Torrey. Verizon service is nonexistent. For free Internet access we found the Travel Center (closed November – March) in Torrey to be very welcoming and comfortable as they have table and chairs inside and outside—just sign their guest register to help them continue to receive funding. There were no OTA TV stations. We received a couple radio stations in the campground. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

A beautiful campground with plenty of big cottonwood and mesquite trees to provide welcome shade. The sites in A and B loops tend to be short, but wide. C loop has some longer sites. We came in on a Tuesday morning and got one of the last two spots in B loop. We stayed three nights and the campground filled every day by noon or earlier. As others have mentioned, there are no hook-ups but there is a dump station with potable water available there. No showers, but there are flush toilets. The campground hosts were extremely conscientious and everything was well run and maintained. We paid $5/night with our Senior Access Pass. Lots to see and do at Capitol Reef - one of our favorite National Parks. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

Deer abound. Ranger presentation one of the best on geology, really helped me understand the science behind the scenery. Camped on an August weekend and the campground did not fill. Level campsite. Can walk to many museums, orchards, visitor center. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Pretty campground in a nice setting along the Freemont River in Capital Reef. Great scenery from campground. No hook ups or showers. First come first serve and campground fills by mid to late afternoon. Water spigots are available and gens can be run for 2 hrs in the morning and 2 hrs in the evening. Dump station onsite. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 167
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

Used my senior pass to get half price. Beautiful campground in Cottonwoods with orchards around it. The fruit was not ready so early in the year but I heard you can pick it in season. There are no reservations so you must arrive very early to get a site, the hosts (who were wonderful) suggested by 9:00 am. This is the only campground where I have seen one spot rented to two RVs. The driveway area is asphalt and very wide but not that long. No cell service anywhere. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

I think this might be one of my favorite CGs ever. It is first come, first served, so we got there early and had a choice of several sites, but it filled up early. We planned to stay three nights, but ended up staying six. Maybe it is because it is surrounded by natural beauty, but this is the friendliest place ever. I ended up getting to know at least 10 other campers quite well. There are some wonderful hiking trails near the CG, or you can drive. There are no showers, but there are places in nearby Torrey where you can shower. The visitors center has a list. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $5.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best National Park campgrounds we have ever stayed in, even though there were no hookups. They do not take reservations so get there early. We arrived at 11am on a Friday and there were about 10 to 15 RV spaces left. The campground is nestled in the trees in a little valley and surrounded by the red rocks and orchards. If the fruit is in season you are free to pick it. The scenic drive is wonderful as is the little historic store next to the campground that sells home made pies and Scottish scones. Yum, yum. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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