• 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?

Rabbit Valley Gilia in a crack in rocks at Capitol Reef

The geology of the Waterpocket Fold created conditions which allowed unique plant species to evolve here. A total of 887 plant species occur in the park many of which have very restricted distributions, occuring on specific geologic formations, soils, slopes, or elevation or precipitation ranges.