Wheelchair-Accessible Summer Activities: Rockies

Summertime is right around the corner! Looking to explore the Rocky Mountain region with wheelchair-accessible summer activities? We’ve compiled a list of beaches, state parks, museums, and more ideas for you:

  • BearizonaWilliams, Arizona – This attraction is known primarily for its drive-thru wildlife park. Visitors are able to stay in their own vehicle while encountering all different kinds of animals. The train ride is 45 minutes and goes for more than three miles.
  • Clark PlanetariumSalt Lake City, Utah – The planetarium offers free admission to its exhibits. Many of the exhibits are interactive, and wheelchair accessible. They also have a cosmic light show every weekend. 
  • Desert Botanical GardenPhoenix, Arizona – Taking a stroll on these trails you get to experience all the desert has to offer! They also have a pavilion where you can visit and interact with thousands of butterflies. 
  • Grand Canyon South RimPhoenix, Arizona – The South Rim is the most accessible viewpoint of the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon Railway is also another wheelchair-friendly way to travel the canyon. 
  • One Rare Adventure – This four day adventure is offered both in-person and virtually this summer! Founded within one family’s Duchenne journey, One Rare provides resources and opportunities for the rare disease community such as adulthood guidance, physical care, mental preparation, and emotional support. 
  • Rocky Mountain National ParkColorado – This park is filled with scenic overlooks, self-guided trails, and picnic areas. There are also three accessible campsites, including Moraine Park, Glacier Basin, and Timber Creek.
  • Zion National ParkSpringdale, Utah – Zion has been deemed one of the most “user friendly” national parks in the country. The most wheelchair accessible trail at this park is the Pa’rus Trail. It is an 8 feet wide paved trail and is 1.5 miles long. 

For more locations and ideas, visit your state’s Parks and Recreation website!