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Accessible Adventures in Colorado

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Colorado, known for its stunning landscapes and outdoor attractions, is also a haven for travelers with disabilities. The state offers a plethora of accessible activities, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the beauty and adventure it has to offer. Here’s a guide to help you plan your accessible Colorado vacation.

National Parks

Colorado is home to 13 national parks and monuments, many of which provide wheelchair-accessible touring information. For instance, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve offers special sand wheelchairs for exploring the famous dunes and accessible camping and picnic areas.

The Rocky Mountain National Park has trails including the famous Bear Lake and Sprague Lake. Colorado National Monument offers campsites, picnic areas, ranger talks, and scenic overlooks. Mesa Verde National Park has campgrounds, scenic overlooks, and historical sites.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park provides visitor centers, campsites, and scenic overlooks. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument has an outdoor exhibit area and trail. Hovenweep National Monument offers a visitor center, trail, campsite, and picnic areas. Dinosaur National Monument provides trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, and exhibits.

State Parks

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks as well as wildlife programs and areas. They have outlined accessible fishing locations, a big-game mobility-impaired hunting-license program, and more. Their Park Finder map 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 people with disabilities seeking indoor and outdoor adventures.

Wilderness on Wheels

The Wilderness On Wheels Foundation’s mission is to stimulate the development of access for people with disabilities to natural outdoor environments. They have constructed a 1-mile, 8-foot wide boardwalk starting at 9,100 feet to the top of a 12,300-foot mountain near Grant.

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.

In conclusion, Colorado is committed to ensuring that its natural beauty is accessible to all. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the Centennial State!

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