Capitol Reef National Park   |  Byron Harward
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The Fruita Rural Historic District is nestled among the soaring red rock canyons of Capitol Reef, known for its famous orchards and well-maintained cultural sites. Fruita’s proximity to Capitol Reef’s top attractions makes it a popular basecamp and midway rest point for travelers.

Things to do in Fruita


Gifford Homestead

Best Time to Visit Fruita

Once classified as a ghost town, visiting Fruita during the busy season will make it seem more like the thriving desert community it was a century ago. If you’re interested in visiting the orchards, make sure to visit during the picking season which starts mid-June and runs through the end of October. If you’re visiting during the off-season, there are still plenty of nearby cultural and recreational sites to check out.


Walking Off the Ledge Into Capitol Reef

Written By Paula Colman

6 minute read

Capitol Reef is breathtaking, but as you stare across the ledge you realize that some of the best scenery is only accessible by dropping in, 20, 50, sometimes 100 feet or more.

Food & Drink, Guided Experiences, Climbing and Canyoneering

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Nearby Recreation


Hickman Bridge

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