"Gifford House: Pie and other paraphernalia" Top 5 Page for this destination Fruita Area Tip by goodfish
Fruita Area, Capitol Reef National Park: 3 reviews and 11 photos
The Gifford House was built by one Calvin Pendleton in 1908 and subsequently occupied by two other families, the third being the Dewey Giffords (1928-1969): last of the residents to leave the Fruita settlement. Today, the house doubles as a museum and gift shop for the Capitol Reef Natural History Association, and you can wander period relics scattered around the main floor as well as a smokehouse and barn outside. The shop sells handcrafted, antique reproductions, recipe books, aprons, candy, jellies and preserves, syrups and, best of all, homemade pies.
If you have seen, as I have, more than your share of old washbasins and whatnot, these crusty little devils would be the #1 reason to stop. They are stuffed with fruits or berries from the Fruita orchards and are just the right size for four - or two ravenous hikers - to share. Get yours with a side of homemade ice cream and have a pie pig-out at one of the tables outside. Sadly, they are seasonal treats so if you visit in winter, no pie for you. Bonus? A park pass isn't needed to get your hands on a tin so drop by if you're driving through the area.
Address: Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, Utah , Capitol Reef National Park
Directions: On the free section of the Scenic Drive just south of the Visitor Center
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