“This is the most beautiful place on Earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.” - Edward Abbey

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Petroglyph Panel

Visit Fremont Culture petroglyphs and imagine what it was like to live here about 1000 years ago.

Black and white photo of canyon with orchards, cliffs, and a river.
Historic Fruita

Explore the history of Fruita, established in the 1880s by Latter-Day-Saint pioneers.

Small log cabin-like building with windows and a door, below red rock cliffs and blue sky.
Fruita Schoolhouse

What was it like to attend a one-room school? Discover the stories of teachers and students in Fruita.

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Gifford Homestead

Many people have called the Gifford House home. Learn about these earlier pioneers, and visit the museum and sales outlet, known for pies.

Visitor picking fruit in an orchard open for picking

Historic orchards contain about 2,000 trees including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond, and walnut.

Tree with green leaves, light greenish red pears in front of a log building with rocky slopes behind
Explore Fruita

Whether you have half a day or more, spend your time exploring the Fruita area by car or on foot.

Blue sky, large white slopes, with red triangular shaped rocks below, green grass in the foreground
Waterpocket District

Experience the less-visited, southern part of Capitol Reef, where the dramatic angle of the Waterpocket Fold is on display.

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Cathedral Valley

Cathedral Valley roads require high clearance vehicles and about a day to explore fully.

Last updated: December 31, 2020

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HC 70, Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775


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