Whether you want to shred down a wildflower-lined path on a mountain bike or paddle the rushing waters of one of our many rivers, there’s a good chance you’ll find an adaptive option in Colorado.
Take a look at just a handful of the adventures waiting for you with these outfitters, many of whom offer special activities or packages for veterans and first responders.
NSCD offers so many awesome programs that we can’t list ’em all here. Here’s the tip of their amazing outdoor-experiences iceberg: Join a hosted camping trip under the inky star-dusted sky of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest or shoot down the Colorado River’s rapids while looking for river otter, bighorn sheep and maybe even bear.
Learn to rock climb on the craggy walls of Clear Creek Canyon in Golden or play a game of H-O-R-S-E with the Denver Nuggets during an ability clinic. (If basketball’s not your jam, they also have clinics with the Rockies, Avalanche, Broncos and Rapids.) Explore the National Sports Center for the Disabled’s full list of summer programs >>
Set in the technicolor wildflower capital of the state, Adaptive Sports Center has the hookup when it comes to getting down in Colorado’s outdoors. Swing through trees and fly through the air on the Ropes and Challenge Course where a combination of low and high elements add layers of excitement to the excursion.
Or, skip the uphill grind and jump straight to the fun of mountain biking with one of the world’s only downhill-mountain-biking programs for people with disabilities. Cross-country biking is another way to take in all that sweet alpine air, with outings for all skill levels and a choice of arm- or leg-powered adaptive bikes. Explore Adaptive Sports Center’s full list of summer programs >>
Telluride is a charming former mining town with a laid-back vibe and love for anything outside. Let the folks at TASP be your guides as you cast for trout at nearby Ridgway State Park, where vistas of the snow-rimmed San Juans may prove slightly distracting. Guided trips to Telluride Bike Park — an accessible-chairlift-served riding experience — will delight novices and experts alike with flow trails and technical terrain in a mountain playground.
For a quintessentially Coloradan experience Try TASP’s Hometown Adventures — custom-tailored expeditions that include tours of historical railroads, ghost-town explorations, flatwater activities and more. Explore Telluride Adaptive Sports Program’s full list of summer offerings >>
In Durango, you’ll find an authentic Western spirit, stunning views of the jaw-dropping San Juan Mountains and easy access to Colorado’s great outdoors. With the Adaptive Sports Association, let the current of the Animas River — one of the last free-flowing rivers in the country — whisk you away on a rafting trip. If you like your water a little calmer, opt for flatwater canoeing or kayaking on one of the area’s many picturesque lakes.
Or, rent an adaptive bike from ASA and set off on your own cruise along the 7-mile paved Animas River Trail, listening to the rushing water and watching for gray plumes of smoke from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as you go. Explore the Adaptive Sports Association’s full list of summer programs >>
Steamboat Springs is nestled in the heart of The Great West, so it makes perfect sense that adaptive horseback riding is just one of the many activities you’ll find at STARS. Whether you’re already an avid rider or have never seen a horse in real life before, there’s a riding session waiting for you.
Or, saddle up a mechanical steed — that’s a mountain bike for those not fluent in Wild West — and traverse some of Colorado’s most amazing cycling country. Multi-day clinics include skill sessions for two-wheel or hand bikes, as well as bike-care courses and lodging at the STARS ranch. Explore Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports’ full list of summer programs >>
Other accessible and adaptive adventures
- Discover a bevy of Boulder beauty with the Boulder County guide to accessible trails and sites.
- Rock climb, kayak, SUP, wakeboard, race a dragon boat — the sky’s pretty much the only limit with Adaptive Adventures in Lakewood.
- Saddle up and ride out on an equine-assisted therapy session with Longmont’s Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center.
- Tie in and climb on at University of Colorado Boulder’s indoor rock-climbing gym.
- Head outdoors to ascend climbing routes at state parks and other stunningly scenic locations with Paradox Sports in Colorado Springs.
- Discover accessible trails all over the state with the Colorado Trail Explorer.
- Check out the many accessible options at our national parks and monuments, from campsites and hiking trails to special sand wheelchairs that let you get up close and personal with the Great Sand Dunes.
- Look into the Columbine Pass from Colorado Parks & Wildlife, which provides reduced park-entrance fees to Colorado residents with different abilities. Our parks have accessible fishing locations across the state and offer people with disabilities hunting accommodations and services. Requests can also be made for sign-language interpretation and assistive-listening equipment. At Staunton State Park in Pine, you can even reserve Action Trackchairs® to hit designated trails for nature and wildlife viewing!