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Deer are a common site outside of the Capitol Reef Loop C camp site at Capitol Reef National park in Utah. photo by Danny Chan La 5-22-2006 SL Tribune
Pick fruit at Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park
First Published Jun 24 2014 03:12 pm • Last Updated Jun 24 2014 10:17 pm

There are many things to remember when planning a trip to one of Utah’s national parks: Camera, sunscreen and hiking boots.

But if you’re visiting Capitol Reef National Park, you better add a bushel.

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The park allows harvesting of fruit from its famous orchards. Cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, apples and pears are the most popular choices.

"Fruit harvest times should range from early July through October," park superintendent, Leah McGinnis said in a release Tuesday. Park officials are predicting apples, pears and peaches "will be in good supply."

Visitors can use ladders and extended fruit pickers provided by the park, but climbing the trees is not permitted.

The historic Fruita orchards are among the largest in the National Park System and were established beginning in the 1880s by Mormon pioneer residents of Fruita.

Visitors can obtain current harvest information and pricing on a hotline: Dial 435-425-3791 and then press "5."

Harvest details are also frequently posted on the park’s Facebook page, Twitter feed — @CapitolReefNPS — and webpage.

brettp@sltrib.com

Twitter: @BrettPrettyman


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