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Fruita Campground

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Scenic Drive, Capitol Reef National Park, UT 84775
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#1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Capitol Reef National Park
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Charity H wrote a review Nov 2020
Lake Elsinore, California90 contributions32 helpful votes
We have been here several times, and were lucky to snag a 3 night reservation on short notice. We were in site 9, with an amazing view of red rock cliffs, next to the river, and the Gifford House with pie in the morning. As we were there during fall school break, the line to get in to get pie in the morning was incredibly long, but worth the wait. They have cinnamon rolls too. The campground was very quiet every night, in spite of it being full. I have never seen the park so busy, it must be getting more popular. There are always deer in the campground. It's just a nice relaxing place to hang out and enjoy the view and wildlife. There are hiking trails close by if you want to hike from the campground. The camp hosts are very attentive and are always around if you need anything.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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patn03 wrote a review Nov 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota633 contributions141 helpful votes
This campground is reservation-less in late fall, but the largest reservation-less campground we encountered, which was great. We were still able to find a site in the mid afternoon, although people arriving in the early evening were out of luck. The campgrounds is very flat and open, so there's not much for privacy between sites, but the sites are pretty large and all the pads are flat and easy to pull into. The ranger was very friendly but involved, driving around occasionally to check on things and say hello. There were tons of deer in the campground, including fawns and bucks, which was fun. There is a dump station and water fill here. While this wasn't the most exciting park we visited, we did very much enjoy the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the campground.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Annabell O wrote a review Sep 2020
California306 contributions51 helpful votes
This campground is a peaceful green oasis, located among fruit orchards, surrounded by redrock formations. The historic Gifford house sells the most amazing, freshly baked fruit pies, and the evening ranger programs are fun and informative. Beautiful hikes nearby - we loved it here!
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Date of stay: September 2020
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ejshen wrote a review Aug 2020
Pasadena, California7 contributions2 helpful votes
Not for the faint of heart. Long drive from Los Angeles, windy & no showers. Highlights: like a time machine walking into prehistoric times, pretty stream & not crowded (small campground). Lovely homemade pie shop on the grounds.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Phamly1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Seattle, Washington38 contributions36 helpful votes
Capitol Reef and this campground were a peaceful respite coming from the busyness of Moab. I lucked out with an online reservation for a walk-in tent site a couple of weeks before our trip. After spending time in the campground, I can see why this campground books up well in advance. The trees do provide nice shade and the location makes all the park’s trails accessible. Deer visit in the late afternoon/early evening. You can also see the stars on a clear night. Fresh pie, cinnamon rolls, firewood and ice cream are a 5 minute walk away at the Gifford House. On the other side of the campground is the amphitheater where park rangers gave talks throughout the day and evening. Wish we could’ve stayed a few more nights.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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The_Travel_Family wrote a review Jun 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada740 contributions401 helpful votes
This was a great campground. We stayed in our first night on our RV trip and glad we did, great scenery and wildlife. Restrooms were clean, and wildlife roamed through the campground. Dump station and water on site. Would stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rusty wrote a review Feb 2020
Rockledge, Florida143 contributions36 helpful votes
Definitely one of the most unique campgrounds I have stayed at in my travels. The Fruita Campground is situated in a green valley oasis that was once the site of an old town called “Fruita”, so named because of the apple, pear and other fruit orchards that still exist today — best of all, you can pick fruit right off the trees and eat it. While it might be hard to find any ripe fruit left on the trees and what you do find might not be the best, it is still a lot of fun. As with most national parks we stayed in, the deer and other wildlife has no fear of humans and adds to the charm of the campground. The campground itself is small compared to other National Park campgrounds and most sites appear to be RV specific but they do have a few tent-only sites. The bathroom facilities were not the cleanest but it was a small issue for an otherwise perfect stay. Make sure you make your way over to the Gifford House for the freshly baked pies, other snacks and souvenirs and don’t forget to checkout the nightly ranger-led program (it was “dark skies” on the night we were here). With many hiking trails leading in and out of Fruita, it makes a perfect base for exploring the underrated Capitol Reef National Park. I would definitely recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Texans112 wrote a review Oct 2019
Canyon Lake, Texas341 contributions204 helpful votes
I hesitate to post about how special this campground is but I'd probably say it is my most favorite spot ever! We were lucky enough to grab a cancellation about 2 months out. I had no idea how far this place books in advance and now I know why! The drive into Capitol Reef in itself is jaw dropping! The campground setting of fall leaves and orchards with charming history with canyon views everywhere is stunning. It is dry camping and there is no phone service but that just adds to the experience. We loved picking apples and walking over to the Gifford House for delicious baked treats. I didn't realize there is a season for picking fruit so be sure to check the schedule. We were there on the last day of picking. If you pick 50lbs (a bushel) it is only $20. The cinnamon rolls sell out every morning usually by 10am. We stayed in Loop C and thought the sites were nicely spaced. Bathrooms were clean and even had electrical outlet, grey water sink and water filling station. There was also a dump station between Loop A and B. The stars at night were amazing. And Probably the most I've ever seen. And hikes just from the campground! We will be back! Starting in November they do not take reservations and many of the ranger activities slow down for the winter season.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Per55ia wrote a review Oct 2019
63 contributions32 helpful votes
This camp ground is sooo cute! so beautiful! where do i start? Well they allow you to pick fruit from their orchard free of charge as long as you consume it on their land. They sell yummy home made pies in the morning on the house on the property! There are deer that frequent the camp ground and are JUST THERE!! the camp sites are really large and have lots of shade because although you are camping in the desert, the sites all have massive trees. there are washrooms with flush-able toilets and running water, but no showers, water located around the camp ground, and dishwashing stations located near the washroom. It does get cold here at night, so pack both warm (for day time) and cold (for night!).there is lots to see while staying at capitol reef national park, lots of hikes and things to see! beautiful scenery!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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JulesAnns wrote a review Aug 2019
Park City, Utah121 contributions66 helpful votes
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I had originally booked our campsite about four months in advance, however due to a change in schedules I had to cancel and then try to rebook. That process was easy and I only lost $10, however we had to change our campsite. I had never been to the park before and had done a lot of research prior to booking but since I had to reschedule I was at the mercy of what was available. And that was site 62. Our site was in loop C and in the middle of the loop/circle. It was right by the bathroom and water, a bathroom with loud toilets and hand air dryers. So here is my advice: this site and those near the bathroom are great if you have little ones that may need more potty runs and the light on at night (it’s a dark sky park so they aren’t bright but in our tent at night it did light it up). If you are a light sleeper like me, try to get a site away from the bathroom. The sites on the perimeter of the loop look perfect and I want to go back and stay there! The sites in the middle also has less defined lines of where your site and tent pad was. Or at least that’s how I felt at our site; we set the tent up a foot or two from the road. The park is well kept, lots and lots of wild life! It was magical! Fellow guests were quiet and polite for the most part, again, early morning flip flops irked me but I’m the one that booked a site by the bathroom! Bathrooms have running water (cold) and soap (woman’s ran out due to a little lady playing with it), grey water sink on the outside and water fountains. Lights go on at dusk and stay on all night. You can walk to the Grifford House to get pie too. I would recommend and can’t wait to stay again. The stars at night were magical too. Just will try to get booked in on a site away from the bathroom a bit more, maybe over looking the orchards.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fruita Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Fruita Campground?
Nearby attractions include Capitol Reef National Park (1.6 km), The Hickman Bridge Trail (1.6 km), and Gifford Homestead (0.2 km).
Is parking available at Fruita Campground?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Fruita Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Fruita Campground?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Gifford Homestead (0.2 km), Fruita (4.8 km), and Torrey Petroglyphs (1.0 km).