Capitol Reef may be the most underrated of all five national parks in Utah. Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.
Capitol Reef National Park has some of the best night sky viewing opportunities of the western national parks. The parks require an entry fee, ranging from $5 to $25 per vehicle and are valid for 7 days. If other National Parks are in your future, it may be wise to purchase the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. For $80 ($10 for US Seniors over 62) the pass allows entry for the holder and up to three adults or children practically all US National Parks as well as many other federal agency properties that charge a use or entry fee.
It does not cover camping and a few other items. I stayed at Fruita Campground. This campground is amazing. Very relaxing. It has orchards and "pickers" to pick the fruit with. Deer sit 20 feet away. Water, good facilities (no hookups for RV's), and lots of hikes nearby.
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