Capitol Reef National Park Camping, Campground Info

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Camping

Capitol Reef National Park has three campgrounds that are all run on a first come first serve basis-if the park is full, don't worry, camping is available in surrounding areas. Read More

  • Fruita Campground has 71 sites and is operated on a first come first serve basis.
  • Cedar Mesa Campground is in the Waterpocket District.
  • Cathedral Campground has six sites and is 27 miles from the Visitor's Center.
  • The primitive campgrounds have pit toilets and no water.
  • Follow Leave No Trace Guidelines.

Capitol Reef National Park has three campgrounds that are run on a first come fist serve basis.  Call the Visitor's Information Center for road and campground conditions at 435-425-3791.  While there is no fee to get into the park, there is a $5 self pay fee for the Scenic Drive.  

Fruita Campground

Located near Capitol Reef's incredible  fruit tree orchards, Fruita Campground has 71 sites and often fills up by early afternoon in May and September.

  • Location: 1 mile South of the Visitor's Center 
  • Amenities: Bathrooms with running water, potable water access, no showers, trash dump station available
  • Dates: Open year round
  • Fees: $20/car or $10/car with a Seniors or Golden Age Pass
  • Reservations: First come first serve
  • Note: In the winter, if water is not available at the campground, you can get water at the Visitor's Center.

Cedar Mesa Primitive Campground

Cedar Mesa has six camp sites and is located in the Waterpocket district in the Southern region of the park.

  • Location: 27 miles from Visitor's Center
  • Amenities: Primitive, pit toilets, no water access, follow leave no trace guidelines
  • Dates: Open year round
  • Fees: free
  • Reservations: First come first serve

Cathedral District Primitive Campground

Located in the Northern region of the park, Cathedral District Campground has six sites and requires high clearance 2-Wheel Drive and sometimes 4x4 to access. Call the Visitor's Center for more information at 435-425-3719. 

  • Location: 40 miles from the Visitor's Center in the North end of the Park
  • Amenities: Primitive, pit toilets, no water access, follow leave no trace guidelines
  • Dates: Open year round
  • Fees: Free
  • Reservations: First come first serve

Leave No Trace Guidelines:

Plan Ahead, Stick to Trails, Manage Your Pet, Leave What You Find, Respect Other Visitors, Trash Your Trash or Pack Out Your Trash.

Note: Pets are only permitted on paved areas, parking lots, and campsites as long as they are on a leash.  Clean up after your pet and do not take them on hiking trails or leave them unattended in your vehicle.