There is no lodging available inside the park, but there are accommodations available in nearby towns. I stayed one night at an average place called the Affordable Inn in Torrey (Satisfied) and a nice place called Harold's Place Inn (Totally Satisfied) in Panguitch.
There is one camping area (Fruita Campground) located inside the park and other options in Dixie National Forest, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and in nearby towns. There are also a few primitive campsites in the park and more in the surrounding areas. I did not camp here but wanted to let you know what is available.
Other than campgrounds, there are no lodgings in the park. See the Torrey accommodation tip in my Torrey pages for a good place to hang your hat - it's the closest town to the park.
It was very pleasant and quite. The place has been modernized in the last two years. Why? Well, the bank owns it now and trying to sell the motel. It is in good shape and a nice location to stage on the way to Capitol Reef. The intersection of Hwy 24 and Hwy 12 makes it an ideal spot to go in different directions
It had a nice pool and hot tub adjacent. That was well worth the dip after 12 miles hiking this day. The staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast are great, and have a full array of items to eat; like cereal, pancakes, juice, coffee, but no eggs or bacon.
The Fruita Campground at Capital Reef National Park is in a lovely pastoral setting, with a canopy of mature trees providing ample shade. To add to the effect, it is right next to the old Gifford Farmhouse giving you a bit of the old pioneer feel. There is a trail to the visitor center that passes some early Mormon settler sites. The rest rooms are adequate though could use some updating but at $10 a night who is going to complain.
It's worth getting up early as there are deer meandering through the area and you can get some nice photos or just enjoy the serenity.
It was Memorial Day weekend so surely not the quietest of times at the campground. That said, it was not all that noisy considering how may kids were about. We had got there the Thursday before the long weekend so had a decent spot fairly close to the restroom without being too close. The weather was variable but the tree cover helped protect us from the elements somewhat. Along with deer passing through each morning, the bird life was quite good. We had a humming bird come visit us at breakfast each day. He was attracted to my plastic red cup and flew virtually right up to it hoping for some nectar. I've seen humming birds a fair amount and have even taken some good photos of them but this was very special. He was literally too close to take a picture of!
This was a nice little place (9-10 rooms), kind of old-fashioned in a good way. The room was large, the bathroom on the small side. Heating on our cold April night was a little iffy. There is an outdoor play area with a hot tub for summer fun. The staff was friendly and seemed to be enjoying themselves. The food at the cafe is good, and comes much recommended. They are open all day for meals. There is a small shop for souvenirs, books.
It is only a short 10-15 min drive to the park.
Right next door is a modern day Kiva. It was interesting to wander around it and visit.
One of the more expensive hotels we had during the stay. The room was clean, but the sink was stopped up. Maintenance did come promptly to fix it. The check in staff was very friendly. Dining is available on site, but we ate elsewhere. It's motel-style with all rooms opening to the parking lot. The view out of the back of the Waterpocket Fold was fantastic. Access to the park couldn't be better either. However, the price just feels a little steep for what you get.
The view from our room was fabulous.
There is no lodging within the park. Three campgrounds are established within Capitol Reef. A permit is required for camping within the park.
Camping is your only choice within the park, with the Fruita Campground being the only developed campground. Often described as an oasis within the desert, this campground is located in a river valley that was farmed with fruit orchards by early Mormon Settlers. Still surrounded by historic orchards, the Fruita Campground has 70 RV/tent sites, each with a picnic table and grill, but no hook-ups. There is an RV dump station and heated restrooms. When we were there the fee was $10.00 a night. As of 2004 this was still the cost. Since this is the only developed campground in the park it usually fills by early to mid-afternoon during the prime visitor season. When we were there in late January and early February we were the only visitor present besides the campground host. It was very pleasant with temperatures in the mid 40 degrees to low 50s. It was pleasant with temperatures in the mid 40 degrees to low 50s, green grass around the campground and birds such as robins, Oregon juncos, and cedar waxwings flitting everywhere.
No reservations are accepted in the Fruita Campground except for one group campsite.
For information on nearby accommodations other than camping, visit the Wayne County Travel Council website: www.capitolreef.org
During harvest season you may pick fresh fruit from the nearby orchards.
There are no commercial accommodations within the park, and people usually stay in motels in Torrey, Hanksville, Bicknell, and Loa, as well as two motels next to the western park entrance.
Rim Rock Ranch Motel:
Utah Highway 24, Torrey (801) 425-3843
This handy motel is located outside the west gate of the national park, eight miles west of the visitor center, near the intersection with State Route 12. There are standard rooms with bath and a restaurant. The complex includes a campground, ($ to $$).
Capitol Reef Inn and Cafe:
State Route 24, Torrey (801) 425-3271
Located 11 miles west of the park visitor center, this modest motel has reasonable rates and cafe which is open daily for breakfast.($).
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