Capitol Reef National Park Feature

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Best Campgrounds in Capitol Reef

Campgrounds in Capitol Reef fill up fast between Memorial Day and Labor Day, though that goes mainly for the superconvenient Fruita Campground and not the more remote backcountry sites. Most of the area's state parks have camping facilities, and the region's two national forests offer many wonderful sites.

Cathedral Valley Campground. You'll find this primitive (no water, pit toilet) campground, about 30 miles from Highway 24, in the park's remote northern district. Hartnet Junction, on Caineville Wash Rd. 435/425–3791.

Cedar Mesa Campground. Wonderful views of the Waterpocket Fold and Henry Mountains surround this primitive campground in the park's southern district. Notom-Bullfrog Rd., 22 miles south of Hwy. 24 435/425–3791.

Fruita Campground. Near the orchards and the Fremont River, the park’s developed (flush toilets, running water), shady campground is a great place to call home for a few days. The sites nearest the river or the orchards are the very best. Scenic Dr., about 1 mile south of visitor center 435/425–3791.

Updated: 2014-03-07

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