Come for Bryce Canyon National Park, but stay for Red Canyon.
This is exactly what we discovered when started driving through Dixie National Forest.
In case you were curious, we often find our next place to camp using an app called AllStays. It was $9.99 and well worth every penny. This app shows you every camping option, from national parks, to boondocking spots, to RV parks. But best of all, it also provides directions and reviews from others who have stayed there.
Thanks to this wonderful app, we found another great place to boondock in Dixie National Forest, down Tom Springs Road. Just 10 miles west of Bryce Canyon National Park and 8 miles east of Red Canyon.
Boondocking in Dixie National Forest also gave us an opportunity to hang out at home for a few days. After hanging with friends for the past two weeks, it was nice to hang back with no place to be.
We went to Bryce Canyon two separate days. Thankfully the clouds cleared out and we enjoyed some blue skies the second day, which meant we had to re-take all the pictures from the first day!
For most of the park, you are up on the edge of the rim, looking down on all the hoodoos. We drove the 18 miles to Rainbow Point, which holds spectacular views at over 9,000 ft.
We enjoyed a stroll along the Rim Trail between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point. This trail allows you to look down on the Bryce Amphitheater, where you can view Thor’s Hammer, one of Bryce’s most photographed hoodoos (see below).
We again picked this trail because it was the only one where Josie could join us. She enjoyed the views, attention from the kids, and being her normal photogenic self.
Bryce Canyon was great, but I think we enjoyed Red Canyon even more. There aren’t any rules about pets in national forests, which means Josie was able to venture out with us!
Despite feeling oxygen deprived at the high elevation, the three of us explored and enjoyed the Birds Eye View Trail. This trail was spectacular! We really loved being able to actually walk among the rock formations!