I truly think Capitol Reef may be the most underrated of all five national parks in Utah. Capitol Reef National Park has some of the best night sky viewing opportunities of the western national parks. ll the parks require a entry fee, ranging from $5 to $25 per vehicle and are good 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 which 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. It is truly an oasis. Hosts are great - Bill and Sharon. Some sites have firepits, but they are upgrading all of them for Spring 2015. Water, good facilities (no hookups for RV's), and lots of hikes nearby.