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Fruita Campground
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

The sites are large, but not particularly private. There are loads of shade trees which made the hot August day bearable. There are apple trees nearby and deer all over. In fact deer were right outside the tent in the morning. We checked in by 1pm on a Friday and there was lots of sites left. Washrooms were clean as was the campground. The campground hosts were great people and very knowledgeable of the park. We would stay again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank heamars
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Reviewed 26 May 2011

I commented to my friend at least twice what a lovely campground this is. There was lots of space between the campsites and it was shady and had lawn. We arrived just before lunchtime from Moab and there were still quite a few sites available on a weekday in late May.

The toilets were clean and nice. No showers though.

Free firewood was also available.

A great campground for $10 per night right in Capitol Reef NP with lots of attractions from the former village to see as well.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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8  Thank alittlecameo
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Reviewed 3 September 2010

Staying here, we didn't fully appreciate the comfort and beauty of this campground before getting a little further along on our 12 month national tour- and then found that this one raised our expectations of other camgrounds pretty high! The Fruita campground is everything the other folks say it is. The night sky is worth preparing for- plan to stay up late for several hours and just stargaze laying out on top of your sleeping bag. The price ($10) was so right, the facilities were convenient, the local scenery stunning. We were disappointed that the orchards were closed to fruit picking when we arrived, but appreciate that they manage the health of the trees by monitoring their use. No complaints from us- traveling with 9 people in a 45' bus. Dump station was clean and easily accessible, pay attention to generator hours- couple of hours in the morning and evening. Campground hosts will remind you if you don't ask about them up front (oops).

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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10  Thank bestestes
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Reviewed 17 July 2010

Nice Park in Utah. This Campground is just beautiful wonderful shaded spots and a lot to do nearby. Plus it had flush toilets.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank pieeee
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

My husband and I camped here for one night. There were not many sites left by the time we got here (around noon) but we still found a good site in the tent-only area. It was a bit close to the road, but there were not that many cars and the area had grass! The bathroom was decent. It was very windy the day we were there but we had a great time hiking the area and checking out Capitol Reef NP.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank khim911
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Reviewed 7 June 2010

What a treat this place was. I stumbled onto it during my road trip and was a very nice campsite. Lots of space, grass, grill, water and near great hiking/scenery. Literally an oasis in the desert along the gorgeous drive from Bryce to Arches. The park is not to be missed either. The "grand Wash" was a really cool hike. I could have stayed here longer and explored more, but only spent one night. It was an unplanned stop. We had a park ranger with a telescope at night. The skys are so clear here its amazing (being from the east coast). You get a real sense of isolation on the hikes and wonder at what it was like for Butch & Sundance hiding out or the pioneers who lived in this place was like, not to mention the incredible natural forces that carved out the washes.

Its otherwise quiet here (see below) and peaceful. I had a picnic near the orchard (you can pick fruit in the season) and a few deer (mom and baby) were hanging around close by, not bothered at all by the presence of people. This place was heaven sent. A total surprise and exceeded my expectations.

Now my rant, which has nothing to do with the park itself.

There were many LOUD obnoxious kids screaming and crying babies here though. They were 50 ft or more away but you could hear throughout the campsite and parents did nothing to quite them down. They just whined and cried for hours on end. Never have I heard babies this loud. Then there was some foreign family blasting a radio at dinner time. I had to have the ranger tell them to turn it off. Totally inconsiderate to the rest of the people in the park. These are probably the same morons who kept turning on flashlights at the astronomy show, when told NOT to use flashlights. The park was at full capacity...so rude. I would definitely return. Nobody to blame for that other than incosiderate parents.

Photos and blog below

http://seekingthewesternpassage.blogspot.com/2009/06/grand-wash.html

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled solo
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4  Thank Wisertime
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Reviewed 26 August 2009

The campground is located in an oasis amidst spectacular views. Imagine an orchard where fruit lies on the ground for anyone to pick, with bubbling of a brook nearby, green meadows, shady trees and discreet, efficient and well-organized administration: that's Fruita campground. We did the combined Grand Wash-Cassidy Arch-Frying Pan-Cohab canyon trails, about 12 miles of the most spectacular terrain on the planet. Do not forget to go into the Capitol Gorge, I'd recommend staying there to experience the nightfall... the stars & the Milky Way are simply amazing. The visibility in the Capitol Reef is 235 km (or miles, i forget), the best in the country, perfect for astronomers.

We were caught by a storm, so had to evacuate from the gorges, just escaped flash floods.

I totally recommend this place. You can have good coffee at the Gifford House, advice from the rangers, and spectacular hiking. Can't go wrong here.

Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
4  Thank kaioatey
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Address: Scenic Drive, Capitol Reef National Park, UT 84775
Region: United States > Utah > Capitol Reef National Park
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Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Capitol Reef National Park
Number of rooms: 70
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Fruita Campground Hotel Capitol Reef National Park
Fruita Campground Utah/Capitol Reef National Park

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