North Fruita Desert Campground reservations available online in October

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management will implement an online reservation system for overnight camping on Oct. 4, 2021, for the North Fruita Desert Campground on 18 Road, north of Fruita. The reservation system will help manage the increased popularity and use of the area and ensures visitors have a campsite prior to arrival. Reservations will be available on

“We’ve seen the campground regularly exceed capacity over the past few years, especially during peak seasons in spring and fall,” stated BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Alex Martin. “With recent campground improvements and the addition of the event staging area, the request for campsites increased. People like to know they have a place to camp when they come to the area.”

Starting on Oct 4., reservations will be required for each of the 59 developed campsites in the upper campground. Visitors may make a reservation online on or call 1-877-444-6777. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance or on-site using a mobile device.

Fifty-three newly constructed sites in the lower campground and event area will be available on a first-come first-serve basis using to pay for sites on the day of arrival. The camping fee is $20 per night plus a $10 transaction fee for each reservation for advanced reservations and first-come first-serve reservations.

Camping fees are used directly for maintenance and improvements to the recreation area from which they are collected. North Fruita Desert camping fees will support the camping facilities and construction and maintenance of the adjoining trail system.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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