» Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Leave your car in the public parking area across from Ruby’s Inn and ride the free shuttle into the park. They stop at a number of locations about every ½ hour or so; so you can get off and hike a trail and then get back on the shuttle and go to another location. You can also take the free three-hour Rainbow Point narrated bus tour that is much easier and more informative than driving and parking throughout the park; reservations are required. There are too many hiking opportunities to list, as well as a 6.2 mile shared use trail, that accommodates bicycles, pedestrians, dogs, etc. There are also a number of hiking trails in the nearby and beautiful Red Canyon. Four wheeling opportunities abound in this area, as well as scenic drives. Take a stargazing tour with a Dark Ranger. Go horseback riding. Mother’s Day is May 12.
Forest Service Road 117 (Tom Best Spring Road) dispersed camping.
From State Route 89, turn east on Highway 12 and proceed approximately 7 miles to Forest Road 117. Turn left and follow the road approximately ½ mile to a road on the right, and follow this road straight back. There is a loop at the end of the road (1/4 mile +/-) and dispersed spots along the road. In the pines! Free! This parking location will need to be checked before everyone arrives, as at this time of year there could still be snow and the roads are dirt and could be muddy.
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