Visitors to Capitol Reef National park are often curious about the fruit trees that lie within a mile or two of the Visitor Center. These trees, apple, pear, peach, cherry, apricot, mulberry, even Potowatomee Plum, are the most obvious reminder of the pioneer community that once prospered in the narrow valley of the Fremont River. Other places of interest include the Fruita Schoolhouse and the Gifford Homestead.
In these next few pages you can explore some of these places and learn the history behind them.
Did You Know?
Capitol Reef National Park has the largest historic orchards in the National Park System, with approximately 3,100 fruit and nut trees. You can pick fruit in quantity in orchards that are officially open for public harvest for a modest charge.