Best Capitol Reef National Park RV Parks: Complete Camping Guide

Capitol Reef National Park is home to gorgeous rock formations, historic orchards, and slot canyons. See it all by staying close by at the best Capitol Reef National Park RV Parks and Campsites! Choose between RV Parks, free primitive sites, and developed campgrounds for your next camping trip. 

6 Best Capitol Reef National Park RV Parks

Duke’s RV Park

Duke’s is located about 30 minutes east of Capitol Reef National Park in Hanksville, Utah. Duke’s RV Park works hard to maintain clean and inviting accommodations for its guests. 

The slickrock campground is a mini oasis in the desert and a great basecamp for all of your Southern Utah travel. Duke’s is open year-round which makes it a great option for those RV traveling in the winter months. 

The RV Park and campground features pull-through, back-in, and trailer sites with shared campfire pits. Men’s and Women’s shower facilities are also available alongside coin-operated laundry. 

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If you are staying elsewhere, maybe at a primitive campsite, and would like to utilize Duke’s showers and/or RV dump station, you can! For $5 per person plus tax, these luxuries can be all yours. 

Fremont River RV Park

Located on Highway 24 between Capitol Reef National Park and Fishlake National Forest, Fremont River RV Park is the perfect place for adventure seeking campers. 

This Capitol Reef National Park RV Park has many RV, Van, and Tent Sites. The facility also offers coin-opperated laundry, and bathrooms with showers. 

They offer 60 and 70-foot pull-through and back-in full hook up sites with 20/30/50 amp electrical options. The sites are pet friendly and offer free WiFi to guests. 

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Fremont River RV Park is located right in the middle of all the great local fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain bike riding, and ATV/UTV riding areas. Each site even has space to park an ATV or UTV. 

Offroad RV Resort

The brand new Offroad RV Resort is perfect for individuals looking for a lot of space. 

This Capitol Reef RV Park simulates boondocking while providing full hookups. No matter what site you have, the view is natural with no other buildings in sight. Escape civilization while still experiencing 50 amp power, filtered water, and full septic/sewer.


The newest Capitol Reef National Park RV Parks Offroad RV Resort sign among a rocky outcropping
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As this RV park is brand new, they’re slowly expanding the number of sites and amenities. They are open for the 2022 season and look to be a great place to stay!

Sandcreek RV Park

Located 5 miles from the West Entrance, Sandcreek RV park offers pull-through, full hook-up 30/50 amp RV sites with sewer hook up and Spring Fed Water. 

There are RV sites, cabins, and tent sites available at Sandcreek RV Park. This RV park is cat and dog friendly as well! All they ask is that you clean up after you pet and keep them on leash. 

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This husband and wife owned RV park has amazing gorgeous views! If you thinking the surrounding cliffs provide beautiful daytime views, just wait for the night sky. 

Thousand Lakes RV Park

Thousand Lakes RV Park offers a full-service RV park with 65-foot pull-through spaces. There are also shaded tent sites and 6-person cabins available.

Thousand Lakes RV Park serves chuck-wagon style BBQ dinners in their covered pavilion at night and muffins and coffee in the mornings. The facilities also include a pool, playground, basketball court, and a satellite hook-up. 

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At Thousand Lakes RV Park, you will enjoy views of red rock mountains and sagebrush-covered plateaus from every site! This family-run business is here to help. Stop by their office for personal recommendations during your stay and truly enjoy your time in Southern Utah. 

Wonderland RV Park

Wonderland RV Parks is located three miles from Capitol Reef at the junction of Scenic Byway 24 and All American Highway 12. They are the closest full-service RV park to the National Park.  

They offer full-service spacious RV sites and outstanding amenities.

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Wonderland RV Park is one of the few spaces with grassy, shaded spots and beautiful views in the heart of red rock country.

Free Primitive Campgrounds near Capitol Reef

BLM land

Just outside of the National Park’s East entrance lies BLM land that is perfect for free camping. BLM stands for Bureau of Land Management. They oversee millions of acres throughout the United States for the enjoyment and benefit of present and future generations.

Dispersed, or primitive, camping on Public Land is free for all RV and tent campers. If you drive down Notom-Bullfrog Road, only miles from the Eastern entrance of Capitol Reef National Park, you’ll find ample opportunities to park the RV or set up camp.

Cathedral Valley Campground

This primitive campground boasts gorgeous views and no fee! It’s important to note that in order to access this campground, you will need a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle. 

Six first come first serve sites with picnic tables, and a fire grate sit at about 7,000 feet with views of Thousand Lake Mountain in the distance. There is a a pit toilet, but no running water is available at the campground.

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Although this campground is open all year round, it may be inaccessible due to weather conditions. It’s a beautiful spot for those willing to camp in primitive conditions! 

Cedar Mesa Campground

Cedar Mesa Campground is one of the two Capitol Reef National Park RV Parks and Campsites located inside the park. If you travel about 23 miles south on Notom-Bullfrog Road you’ll find the small, remote, backcountry campground. 

This is a primitive, no-fee campground with 5 sites and a pit toilet. All sites include a picnic table and fire grate, however, there is no running water. 

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The sites are located at 5,500 feet above sea level in a large box canyon. They’re quite spacious and are the perfect place for a family to set up for adventures in Capitol Reef and the surrounding area. This campsite is just under 2 hours from Glen Canyon National Recreation Center. 

List of the Best Campgrounds near Capitol Reef National Park

Fruita Campground

Fruita Campground is an oasis within the desert along the Fremont River. It is the only developed campground located inside Capitol Reef National Park, this is your closet campground to all the action!

Fruita Campground offers 64 RV/Tent sites each including fire pits and picnic tables. Seven additional walk-in sites with a grill and a picnic table provide quiet spaces for guests seeking more solitude.

There is an RV dump and potable water fill station near the entrance to Loops A and B. There are no water, sewage, or electrical hook-ups at individual sites. Restrooms feature running water and flush toilets, but no showers. Public showers and laundry facilities are available in Torrey, 11 miles west of the visitor center. 

The only full-service Capitol Reef National Park RV Park and camp ground inside of the park
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Sites at Fruita Campground are shaded and grassy, a welcomes change from the dry landscape. The fee for Capitol Reef National Park RV Parks and Camping at Fruita is $20 per night. 

Oak Creek Campground

Oak Creek Campground is located just off of Utah State Highway 12 between Capitol Reef and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument.

At 8,800 feet, it’s a beautiful campground surrounded by Ponderosa Pines, Aspens, and mixed conifers. The campground is located near the highway, however, traffic is muffled by the babbling nearby creek. 

This gorgeous spot will cost you $16 for a single site or $32 for a group campsite. Tents and small trailers are recommended as trailer over 25 feet are not advised.

A great wooded campground between Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante.
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Drinking water and vault toilets are available at Oak Creek Campground. This campground is open from late April/early May through October; keep in mind that the elevation of this campground will 

Sleepy Hollow Campground

Sleepy Hollow Campground is located just outside the Eastern entrance of Capitol Reef National Park in Caineville. 

It’s a small, older campground located 6 miles south of Mesa Market. Mesa Market is known for its sustainable agriculture practices and fresh-baked sourdough bread. 

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The pull through sites have electric hook ups and many spaces are shaded by large Juniper trees. There are also spaces with no hookups and a few tent sites. Bathrooms and showers are included in your stay. The campground could use some TLV, however, it’s a clean, visually appealing hidden gem.

Sunglow Campground

Sunglow Campground in Fishlake National Forest is a quaint, inexpensive, and absolutely stunning place to stay when visiting Capitol Reef National Park.

The scenic red rock canyon surrounding the sites provides beautiful scenery. The campground provides a restroom, and freshwater spigot at each site; the stargazing was a phenomenal addition to an amazing campsite.

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This USFS campgrounds is located about 10 minutes from Capitol Reef’s Western park’s entrance and 5 minutes from restaurants, a general store, and the post office in Torrey or Bicknell, Utah. 

Singletree Campground

Singletree Campground is located 13 miles Southeast of Torrey on UT-24 among a Ponderosa Pine and Aspen forest. It’s one of the few forested campgrounds in the area.

It has 31 campsites. Campsites 1, 2, 3, 4 and  6 are considered “multi-use”.  The rest of the sites are single sites.  There are also two group sites available (A & B). 

All sites are level and can accommodate both tents and RVs. Each site includes a picnic table, fire ring, and fresh water spigot. There are flush toilets, a dump station, and WiFi available at this campground. 

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The Campground provides gorgeous views of Capitol Reef and the Henry Mountains. Sitting at over 8,000 feet this campsite experiences beautiful fall colors and cooler temperatures. 

Best Hikes in Capitol Reef National Park 

Capitol Reef is a great place to hike for all skill levels. As one of the less popular National Parks in Utah, Capitol Reef is a hidden treasure. Here are some of the best hikes for intermediate hikers

  • Grand Wash Trail
    At 4.5 miles and a little over 500 feet of elevation gain, this is considered a moderate hike. It’s one of the most popular trails in the park for good reason. The canyon walls tower over you on either side, similar to a slot canyon, but you never get down to a squeeze. At it’s most narrow, the Grand Wash Trail is 15 feet wide.
  • Cassidy Arch
    The Cassidy Arch trail is 3.1 miles long and gains over 600 feet of elevation. This hike is a bit more strenuous than Grand Wash, but still considered moderate for most. The hike to the arch is fun with steep drop offs and rock scramble terrain.

Read the full blog post to experience ten of Capitol Reef’s best day hikes!

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