Kersten Swinyard, Deseret News
FILE - Late afternoon shadows make Chimney Rock appear even more dramatic at Capitol Reef National Park on Feb. 26, 2005. Visitors to the park in 2018 will see changes to the entrance fee and the group campsite, as well as to the management of the Fruita developed campground.

CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK — Visitors to the park in 2018 will see changes to the entrance fee and the group campsite, as well as to the management of the Fruita developed campground.

Starting Jan. 1, the entrance fee will increase $5 per vehicle to $15. The additional funds will go to support park projects, improvements and operations that benefit the visitor experience.

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In addition, visitors will be able to book reservations for campsites at the Fruita campground at recreation.gov beginning Feb. 1. The majority of campsites will be reservable from March 1 to Oct. 31, with a handful of sites remaining on first-come, first-served basis. The campsites will not be on the reservation system from Nov. 1 to the end of February. The cost for an individual campsite will remain $20 per site and accommodate up to eight people, with a reduced rate for Access and Senior Pass holders.

The nightly fee for the separate group campsite at Capitol Reef, which is already on the reservation system, will be $100 next year. Rules and regulations remain the same for all campers. For more information about the campground, log on to nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/fruitacampground.htm.