• Strike Valley and the Waterpocket Fold

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

Campground Regulations

Basic Campground Information

Fees

  • Nightly fee is $10.00.
  • Senior Pass or Access Pass holders-$5.00.
  • Fees are collected year round.

Generator Hours

8 am-10 am and 6 pm-8 pm.

Quiet Hours

10 pm-6 am.

Checkout Time

11 am.

All campsites are first come, first served. Site saving is prohibited. Site occupants must be present at the time of registration.

• Maximum of 8 people per campsite.

• There is a 14 day limit on camping from April 1-November 30 and a 30 day limit from December−March 31.

• Please be considerate of fellow campers when using lanterns and limit their use.

 

Safety

In case of Emergency, Dial 911

A telephone is located at the Loop A restroom and in front of the visitor center. Cellular phones are not reliable in this area.

Medical Facilities

  • A clinic is located in Bicknell, 19 miles west of the park off of Utah Highway 24.
  • The closest hospital is in Richfield, 75 miles west of the park.

Wildlife

  • Feeding the wildlife is prohibited. Please keep them wild!

  • Keep a clean camp. All food items, unless being prepared or consumed, must be stored in vehicles between 10 pm and 6 am. This reduces the risk of unwanted visitors. Keep tents zipped and RV and car doors closed.
 

Rules and Regulations

Speed Limit/Parking

  • Speed limit is 5 mph in the campground.
  • Parking is limited to the number of vehicles, including trailers, that can fit within the designated parking space without extending into the roadway.
  • Parking is not permitted on the grass or along the roadway.
  • Overflow parking for registered campers is available in the amphitheater parking lot; however, campers may not camp in or occupy these vehicles.

Bicycle Use

  • Bicycles (considered vehicles) are restricted to roadways.
  • Bicycles may be ridden along the path immediately adjacent to the roadway between the campground and the visitor center.
  • Bicycles are not permitted on any hiking trails or anywhere off-road.

Skateboards/Rollerblades

The use of skateboards and rollerblades is prohibited within the park.

Hammocks and Clotheslines

Permitted only during daylight hours, in your own campsite and in such a way that no resource damage occurs.

Pets

  • Pets must be physically restrained at all times on a leash 6 feet in length or less. Leashed pets are permitted along the path from the campground to the visitor center, along roads and in open orchards, but are not permitted on hiking trails.
  • Pets may not be left unattended.
  • Pet owners are required to immediately pick up solid waste left behind by their animals and dispose of it in toilet facilities or garbage cans.

Fruit Picking

You may sample ripe fruit in any unlocked orchard. Fruit may not be picked in quantity until the orchard is posted as open for picking.

There is no charge for fruit consumed in the orchards. Read and follow the ladder safety signs posted in the orchards.

Collecting

Other than fruit mentioned above, collecting of any plant, mineral or archaeological materials is strictly forbidden.

Closure and Public Use Limits

Pastures containing horses are closed to public entry.

Campfires

  • Fires are permitted only in the permanent fire grates located in each campsite or in an above-ground portable grill or fire pan capable of containing all fire ash and residue.
  • Ground fires are not permitted.
  • Wood gathering is not permitted in the park. Firewood may be purchased at local stores or the Gifford House during the summer season.

Bathing/Dishwashing

Wash dishes, bathe, and use only completely contained solar showers at your site. Washing of any kind is not permitted at spigots, drinking fountains or the RV dump station. Do not wash dishes in the restroom or gray water sinks. Water from dish washing, bathing and solar showers must be collected and deposited in gray water disposal sinks.

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and Utility-Terrain Vehicles (UTVs)

ATVs and UTVs are not permitted to be used in Capitol Reef National Park.

Firearms

The use of any weapon, trap, or net is prohibited in all national park sites. Carrying of firearms must comply with state law. Firearms are prohibited inside all federal facilities such as the visitor center.

 

Additional Information

Campground Hosts

Hosts occupy sites 1 and 2 in Loop A from late March through October. Please contact them should you encounter any problems.

Drinking Water

Potable water is available at spigots and drinking fountains located in front of each restroom, and at the fill station at the top of Loop A.

Trash and Sewage Disposal

Dumpsters are located near each entrance to the campground. Scavenging in government refuse containers is prohibited.

Recycling bins are located near the dumpsters.

The RV dump station is located near the top of Loop A and may be closed periodically for maintenance or other management issues.

Nearby Services

Camping supplies, food, gasoline, and lodging are not available in the park. A complete directory of nearby services is available at the visitor center.

Lost and Found

The visitor center acts as the receiving station for all lost and found items.

Sprinklers

From late spring through early fall, the campground sprinklers are sometimes left on for up to 24 hours for the survival of the grass.

If a sprinkler is impacting your campsite, you may move it to another location in your site or turn down the volume, but please do not turn it off. Contact the campground host if the problem persists.

Refunds

No refunds will be issued for recreation benefits already received. Visitors requesting a refund should obtain a form at the visitor center.

Examples of legitimate refund requests are:

  • Visitor is forced to leave the park as a result of a family emergency.
  • Visitor experiences medical problems while staying in the campground.
  • Visitor purchases a camping permit at a full price when they are entitled to half price due to Senior or Access Pass.

Examples of refund requests that will not be honored:

  • Changes in or dissatisfaction with the weather or environmental conditions.
  • Voluntary changes in travel plans.

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