May is a great month to be in Utah, it’s not too hot and it’s not too cool. The weather is pleasant – not a cloud in the sky – and the foliage is returning and flowering. Basically it’s the perfect time to play outside. This is the Lodge at Red River Ranch’s list of the top 5 things to do in Southern Utah this May:
Raft Stillwater Canyon – Rafting is a perfect way to enjoy a warm afternoon. Stillwater Canyon (as the name implies) is an easy, low-stress waterway – perfect for families and children. Plus it’s located in Canyonlands National Park, which provides a stunning backdrop as you float downstream.
Fish Fish Lake – Fish Lake is the namesake of the Fishlake National Forest, and it’s one of the best fishin’ holes in this state. Spend a day on the lake, then camp nearby and cook the rainbow trout you caught for dinner. It’s a great place for serious anglers and weekend get-a-ways.
Rappelling in Moab – rappelling is the easier version of climbing – you get all the exhilaration of the heights and the views, without putting in that much work. Hike to the top of your favorite cliff and, with the help of a qualified guide, descend down the face to the ground. Then repeat.
Drive Byway 12 – this is a perfect way to see the best parts of Southern Utah. Scenic Byway 12 – dubbed America’s Highway – runs right through the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument, providing access to fantastic hikes, and detours like Burr Trail and the Devil’s Backbone. It is a trip worth taking. We promise.
Hike Capitol Reef – Capitol Reef National Park is the unsung gem of Utah’s park system. It’s hidden away from the main traffic in the state, and so receives fewer visitors. Which we think is a positive thing. (Ever been to Zion Canyon in summer? It’s crowded.) There are so many hikes to discover in Capitol Reef – Cassidy Arch, Hickman Bridge, the Grand Wash, to name a few – and so much beauty to explore, no wonder it’s our number one pick.