More and more studies point to the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of spending time in nature. Our state is full of locations that are not only inspiring but also accessible for all. Here are just a couple options for your next family outing.
A one-mile long, eight-foot wide boardwalk takes families along a stream and through a forest of spruce and pine trees, up to 9,200 feet in this Grant, Colorado park. In addition, a fishing pond, 13 campsites, five huts and two cabins are all wheelchair accessible.
Colorado’s giant sandbox is nearly impossible to access for individuals who use a traditional wheelchair. The availability of a special sand wheelchair, in adult and child sizes, opens up a chance for exploration in one of Colorado’s most unique landscapes. An I.D. is required to borrow a sand wheelchair and reservations may be made by calling the Visitor Center.
Visit the RMNP website for a list of the many trails, campsites, picnic areas and scenic overlooks that are accessible for all. Assisted listening devices and sign-language interpreters can also be provided for the hearing impaired during ranger-led programs. Call the park’s main number 970-586-1206 at least three days in advance for assisted listening devices and at least one month in advance for sign-language interpreter requests.
This multi-use trail runs 8 miles along the South Platte River, from Chatfield State Park through Littleton and on to Englewood. Adjacent to a paved bike trail is a crusher fine trail for pedestrian and wheelchair use (bicycles are not allowed on the pedestrian trail and a 15 mile per hour speed limit is posted). Frequent wildlife and bird sightings, as well as access to the river, public art and points of interest along the way, make this a great nature getaway within the city.