Colorado offers some of the most breath-taking sights in the nation. From the highest snow-covered peaks to the low land desert vistas, there is something for everyone here. But if you find yourself using a mobility aide such as a scooter or wheelchair, don’t let that stop you from taking your family on an adventure.
Here are our top 5 mobility-friendly activities and places to visit in Colorado.
- Camping and Hiking in Pike National Forest
The Wilderness on Wheels project was started by Roger West in 1986 with the aim to provide greater access to the amazing Colorado wilderness. The result is an eight-foot-wide and one-mile-long boardwalk that takes you up through bristlecone pine trees to the top of a 12,000-foot mountain with panoramic views of the Pike National Forest. Extend your stay by reserving one of the several wheelchair accessible campsites available. And you can try your luck fishing with the wheelchairs access to Keosha Creek.
- Make New Friends at the Denver Zoo
With over 4,125 animals across 613 different species, everyone is bound to find a “favorite”. Spread across 8- acres, the Denver Zoo was the first to build and house animals in naturalistic habitats. Today, these habitats include Bear Mountain, Primate Panorama, Predator Ridge ad, most recently, the Toyota Elephant Passage. The majority of the zoo is accessible by wheelchair including the show pavilions and it is noted that there are plenty of viewing and shady areas to rest and see the animals.
- Expand Your Horizons at the Wings Air and Space Museum
If you want to escape the heat and transport yourself to a different time and place, visit the Wings Air and Space museum in Denver. The exhibits allow you to get up close and personal with historic aircrafts, artifacts and memorabilia like the Apollo Command module, moon rocks. The budding aviators and astronauts can explore the future of aviation and space through immersive events and realistic flight simulators, prototypes and concept planes. Throughout the museum you will see displays of conventional and nuclear weapons, guns, rockets, missiles, cameras, and photo interpretation equipment. The museum is accessible with elevators, level flooring and barrier-free doors with a push button.
- Grow Your Wild Side with the Nation Sports Center for the Disabled
Too many times we let our abilities dictate our activities. Thanks to the National Sports Center for the Disabled that is no longer the case. If you have always wanted to go hiking, river rafting, rock climbing, sailing shooting, horseback riding, participate in water sports or winter activities, you can do it all no matter your mobility. NSCD volunteers are trained to know how to do the activity safely and how to adapt it to meet your individual needs. Scholarships, day camps and overnight camps are all available. Nothing is standing in your way now!
- Explore the Past at Mesa Verde
For more than 700 years, Mesa Verde’s cliffs and mesas were home to vibrant Ancestral Pueblo civilizations. Today, the park provides tourists a breathtaking view into the past while safeguarding the rich cultural heritage of 26 Pueblos and Tribes. There are nearly a thousand species living in this World Heritage Site and International Dark Sky Park, some of which are unique to this park. While there are several areas of this amazing park that are not accessible with a wheelchair or a scooter there are overlooks available so that you can view the structures. Campgrounds, Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center and the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and Park Headquarters are all accessible. But it was noted on the website that in the museum there are areas with one to three steps, but a ramp is available, just ask staff.
There are plenty of other activities around the state that are accessible to those with mobility aides. If you are interested in discovering more of amazing Colorado, click here.