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Accessible Colorado Travel

Many of Colorado's most popular outdoor attractions are accessible to those who are mobility impaired. Below are a few resources to help you start planning a Colorado vacation.
Dunes Wheelchair at Great Sand Dunes National Park
Dunes Wheelchair at Great Sand Dunes National Park

National Parks

Many of Colorado's 12 National Parks and National Monuments provide wheelchair-accessible touring information:

• Special sand wheelchairs for exploring the famous dunes, camping and picnic areas in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (pictured)
• Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park
• Campsites, picnic areas, ranger talks and scenic overlooks in Colorado National Monument

• Campgrounds and historic sites in Mesa Verde National Park
• Visitor centers and scenic overlooks in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
• Trails and archeological sites in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
• Outdoor exhibit area and trails in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
• Visitor center, trails and picnic areas in Hovenweep National Monument
• Trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and exhibits at Dinosaur National Monument

State Parks

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which manages 42 state parks as well as wildlife programs and areas, has outlined accessible fishing locations, a big-game mobility-impaired hunting license program and more; check out their Park Finder map, which locates parks with accessible camping, fishing, hunting, picnic sites, restrooms, showers, swimming, trails and visitor centers.

Adaptive Sports Adventures

A number of centers and associations throughout Colorado have developed adaptive activities through the use of skillfully trained instructors and state-of-the-art equipment. From hiking trails and rock climbing, to skiing and snowshoe tours, Colorado offers a variety of year-round activities for disabled persons seeking indoor and outdoor adventures. See a sampling of summer and winter activities offered for disabled persons.

Wilderness on Wheels

Wilderness On Wheels Foundation's mission is to stimulate the development of access for disabled persons to natural outdoor environments. WOW accomplished this through the construction of a 1-mile, 8-foot wide boardwalk starting at 9,100 feet to the top of a 12,300 foot mountain 60 miles west of Denver near Grant. They are open May 15 to October 15 (weather depending) from 9am to 6pm. It is free to hike the boardwalk at Wilderness on Wheels; theare are also fishing and camping at the site, as well as overnight cabins. 

Other Accessible-Travel Resources in Colorado

TrailLink has a great list of wheelchair-accessible trails to aid in exploring Colorado's beauty.
• The Colorado Springs Visitor Center showcases accessible museums and other attractions.
• The Denver Convention & Visitors Bureau keeps a list of wheelchair-accessible services and tours.

If you know of others that should be on this list, let us know!