• Strike Valley and the Waterpocket Fold

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

Camping in Capitol Reef


Developed Camping
The 71-site Fruita campground is the only developed campground in the park, located south of the visitor center in the Fruita Historic District.

Primitive Campgrounds
The no-fee Cathedral and Cedar Mesa Primitive Campgrounds, located in more remote parts of the park, have pit toilets and picnic tables, but no water.

Group Campsite
The Group Site is available by reservation and can accommodate a maximum of 40 people.

Backcountry Camping
A free backcountry permit is required for camping outside of campgrounds.

Review our Campground Regulations for more information.

Did You Know?

Two cars passing in Capitol Gorge, Circa 1939

Metal bars supporting telephone lines were installed in Capitol Gorge in 1911 providing telephone service to the ranching community east of Capitol Reef National Park. State Highway 24 was an unpaved road through Capitol Gorge until 1962, when it was re-routed along the Fremont River and paved.