Cathedral Valley Campground
The Cathedral Campground is located approximately halfway on the Cathedral Valley Loop Road which traverses Capitol Reef's Cathedral District. About 36 miles (57.9 km) from the visitor center, this primitive, no-fee campground has six sites, each with a picnic table and fire grate. There is a pit toilet, but no water available. The campground is open year-round; however, visitors should check road conditions with the Capitol Reef Visitor Center prior to planning an overnight stay. The campground is at approximately 7,000 feet (2,133 m) in elevation, in the Pinyon/Juniper-clad foothills of Thousand Lake Mountain. No reservations; first-come, first-served.
The Cedar Mesa Campground is located approximately 23 miles (37.0 km) south of Utah State Highway 24 on the Notom-Bullfrog Road and is at 5,500 feet (1,676 m) in elevation. This primitive, no-fee campground has five sites, each with a picnic table and fire grate. There is also a pit toilet, but no water is available. The campground is open year-round, but visitors should check with the Capitol Reef Visitor Center for road conditions prior to planning an overnight stay. The 3.5-mile (5.6 km) round-trip Red Canyon trail leads from the campground through Pinyon and Juniper trees into a large box canyon. No reservations; first-come, first-served.
Did You Know?
Excessive consumption of water during prolonged strenuous exertion can flush critical salts from your body and cause an electrolyte imbalance. Include sports drinks and/or salty snacks in your diet during long desert hikes.