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Capitol Reef NP - Fruita CG, UT

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Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah along UT-24. The Fruita Campground is the primary camping area in the park; there are two rather remote primitive camping areas as well.

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Fruita CG is strictly first-come, first-served with no reservations accepted. We arrrived about noon on a mid-October Wednesday and had no problem finding a site. However, by evening, the campground was nearly full with only a few sites available.

Date of visit: Oct 2011

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We were totally surprised to find the campground located in a pleasantly-wooded area. It has to make it a very popular spot in the hot summer months.

Sites 38, 36, 33, 31.

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Sites 28,25,27.

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Sites 18 and 16.

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Site 6.

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All the campground roads and sites have been recently paved.

Sites 64-69.

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If you happen to enjoy fresh bread and pies, the nearby Gifford Farmhouse opens at 8 AM and among its wares are baked good freshly delivered that morning.

Sites 51-53, 55 .

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Site 54 is one of the sunnier sites.

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There are two bathroom buildings in the campground, with a third under construction. There are also two vault toilets. No showers.

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Fruita was home to a small settlement of Mormons in the early 1900's; they became known for their productive orchards, which still are thriving and producing fruit. Visitors can pick whatever is in season and pay a small fee for the privilege. Liz couldn't resist the challenge of climbing up one of those three-legged pickers ladders and snagging some apples - she used to do this as a job some years ago.

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Lots of hiking opportunities are available at Capitol Reef. One trail starts out on the level alongside the Fremont River...

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...but after about half a mile of level walking, you'll suddenly find yourself trudging uphill along the face of this cliff. It's about 3/4 of a mile to the top, from which there are magnificent views.

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Another nearby feature is the Hickman Natural Bridge, which is a sturdy 1 1/4 mile hike from the parking lot.

Amenities

 Dump station available, no hookups, no showers

71 sites (64 RV, 7 tent)

No Verizon service (even w/ antenna & amp)

Rates: $10 (50% discount with Golden Age Pass)

Coord: 38.28256 N, 111.24718 W

Activities/Nearby Attractions

Hiking

Picking fresh fruit

Hickman Natural Bridge

Gifford Farm House

Blacksmith shop