Is it legal to scatter ashes anywhere you want?

No. Depending on the location, there may be a number of local and governmental restrictions that prohibit the scattering of ashes in populated areas, certain public areas, some national parks, and other areas. In some cases, a permit may be required. If you are considering scattering the ashes of a loved one on public lands, it is best to contact the agency that has jurisdiction over that area. This information can usually be found by conducting an online search. Also, if you are considering scattering the ashes on private property, be sure to obtain permission from the landowner first.