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Access Pass

Access Pass

Fees and Passes

The America the Beautiful Access Pass is a free lifetime pass for US citizens and permanent residents who have been medically determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities. It provides access to recreation areas managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation. Passes can be obtained at any park entrance station or by mail from the US Geologic Survey; visit http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html Holders of America the Beautiful Access Passes and Golden Access Passes are entitled to 50% discounts on camping fees for sites occupied by the passholders. Provide the pass number to the reservation company when the reservation is made.

 

Cell Phones

Do not rely on cell phones in Rocky Mountain National Park. Many locations in this rugged park have no service.

 
Most Park Shuttle Buses are accessible

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Park Shuttle Buses

Most of the Rocky Mountain National Park free summer shuttle buses are accessible and can accommodate wheelchairs. All park shuttle buses are accessible. Shuttle buses operate only along Bear Lake Road, plus an express Hiker Shuttle bus that operates between the Estes Park Fairgrounds Park-n- Ride and the park's shuttle bus hub on Bear Lake Road. Call Rocky Mountain Transit to arrange for accessible Town of Estes Park Shuttle Buses, (970) 577-7477.

 
Service Dog credit CCI

Canine Companions for Independence

Service Animals

Service animals that have been individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of persons with disabilities are allowed in the park. A service animal that is allowed in park facilities, trails, etc., must be doing so in the service of a disabled person. Emotional support ("therapy animals") are not service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but are pets, and may not access trails or other non-motorized areas, nor park buildings. Service dogs-in-training are not service animals under ADA, but are considered pets. Pets are prohibited in all areas of Rocky Mountain National Park not accesible by motor vehicles, including all trails and meadows.

 

Resources

The National Park Service website on accessibility: http://www.nps.gov/pub_aff/access/index.htm.
The Disabled Traveler's Companion website has detailed information about accessible facilities in the park: http://www.tdtcompanion.com/NPS/Rocky/ Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD): 970-586-1319.
The park film is captioned for hearing impaired visitors at Beaver Meadows and Kawuneeche visitor centers, and features audio description for the visually impaired
at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
Park staff can arrange for a certified sign language interpreter; since this park is in a rural area, please allow two weeks. Call 970-586-1206.

 
Visitor in wheelchair behind BMVC

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Wheelchair Access

Be advised that park trails contain hazards including loose gravel, uneven surfaces, rocks, tree roots, and steep areas. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, wheelchairs are permitted on all trails (anywhere foot travel is allowed), including Wilderness, if the device is "designed solely for use by a person who has mobility impairment for their locomotion, and is suitable for use in an indoor pedestrian area." This includes "mechanized" wheelchairs; e.g. battery-powered, as long as it is suitable for indoor use (gasoline powered would not be suitable for indoor use.)

 

Electric Personal Assistance Mobility Devices

Electric Personal Assistance Mobility Devices (EPAMD), which are two-wheeled, electricallypropelled human transport devices including Segways™, are permitted in the following areas when being operated as an assistance device by persons with mobility disabilities:

  • Sidewalks and parking areas
  • Roads closed to motor vehicles unless otherwise posted
  • The following accessible park trails:
    • Coyote Valley Trail
    • Lily Lake Trail
    • Holzwarth Historic Site Access Road
    • Sprague Lake Trail

Persons without a disability are not authorized to use a motorized wheelchair or EPAMD in these designated areas.

Use of EPAMDs on park trail systems, other than those accessible trails listed above, is prohibited because of increased potential for injury to visitors, damage to natural resources, increased hazard of surprising wildlife, and hazards to EPAMD operators in steep, loose, or slippery conditions that are consistently encountered on park trails. EPAMDs do not meet the legal definition of a wheelchair.

 

Visitor Centers & Educational Programs

All park visitor centers feature bookstores and information desks accessible to wheelchairs

Alpine Visitor Center (11,796 feet)
Accessible parking spaces. No picnic tables. Accessible restrooms (vault toilets) all season and summer (flush) at east end of visitor center. Open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, weather permitting.

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (7,840 feet)

Open year-round except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Accessible parking spaces with curb cuts. Accessible restrooms (flush toilets). Lift between floors (750-pound limit).
Park film is captioned for hearing impaired and features audio description for the visually impaired.
An induction loop receiver is provided in the auditorium for the benefit of hearing aid users.

Fall River Visitor Center (8,250 feet)
Accessible parking spaces with curb cuts.
Accessible restrooms located in adjacent store via covered walkway (flush toilets).
No picnic tables. Adjacent restaurant.
Elevator between floors (2000-pound weight limit).

Kawuneeche Visitor Center (8,720 feet)
Open year-round except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Accessible parking spaces with curb cuts.
Accessible restrooms (flush toilets).
No picnic tables.
Auditorium features park film, which is captioned for hearing impared.

Moraine Park Discovery Center (8,140 feet)
Accessible parking spaces with curb cuts.
Accessible restrooms (flush toilets).
No picnic tables
Elevator between floors (500-pound weight limit).

Ranger-led Programs
Assisted listening devices are available for ranger-led programs with a three day advance notice. Call the park's main number 970-586-1206 for more information.

Sign Language Interpreter
A contracted sign language interpreter can be provided with a month's advance notice to accompany the ranger during the ranger-led program. Under a month? The park will do its best to meet the request but may not be able to provide a sign language interpreter for the program. Call the park's main number 970-586-1206 for more information.

 

Facilities in Fall River Area

Fall River Visitor Center (8,250 feet)
Accessible parking spaces with curb cuts.
Accessible restrooms located in adjacent store via covered walkway (flush toilets).
No picnic tables.
Elevator between floors (2000-pound weight limit).

Sheep Lakes (8,520 feet)
Accessible parking spaces with curb cuts.
No restrooms, No picnic tables.
Information and programs in the summer.

 

Along Trail Ridge Road (listed east to west)

Beaver Boardwalk
No accessible parking or curb cuts.
No accessible restrooms. No picnic tables.
1/8-mile boardwalk has moderately steep grade.

Hidden Valley (9,240 feet)
Accessible parking.
Accessible restrooms (flush toilets).
Covered picnic pavilion; accessible picnic tables.
400 feet of paved accessible trail.

Many Parks Curve Overlook (9,640 feet)
No accessible parking.
No restrooms. No picnic tables.
Cross Trail Ridge Road from the west parking lot to the boardwalk and the steep trail to the overlook.
The east side of Trail Ridge Road is plowed to this overlook in winter.

Rainbow Curve Overlook (10,829 feet)
No accessible parking.
Curb cut and sidewalk make area accessible.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
No picnic tables.

Forest Canyon Overlook (11,716 feet)
Accessible parking.
No restrooms. No picnic tables.
Paved trail to platform at overlook is uneven and steep in places.

Rock Cut Overlook & Tundra Communities Trail
(Rock Cut 12,310 feet; trail gains 260 feet)
Accessible parking with curb cuts to sidewalk.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
No picnic tables.
The ½-mile paved trail is steep and uneven.

Lava Cliffs Overlook (12,000 feet)
No accessible parking spaces.
No restrooms. No picnic tables.

Gore Range Overlook (12,010 feet)
No accessible parking spaces.
No restrooms. No picnic tables.

Alpine Visitor Center (11,796 feet)
Accessible parking spaces. No picnic tables.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets) all season and summer (flush) at east end of visitor center.
Open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, weather permitting.
Visitor Center information desk is accessible to wheelchairs.

Medicine Bow Curve Overlook (11,660 feet)
No accessible parking.
No restrooms. No picnic tables.

Milner Pass - Continental Divide (10,758 feet)
Accessible parking.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
No picnic tables.

Lake Irene (10,748 feet)
Accessible parking.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
Accessible picnic tables.
Trail to Lake Irene is steep and has steps.

Farview Curve (10,120 feet)
No accessible parking.
No restrooms. No picnic tables.

Colorado River Trailhead (8,990 feet)
Accessible parking.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
Dirt trails are uneven.
The west side of Trail Ridge Road is plowed to this point in winter.

Timber Lake Trailhead (9,000 feet)
Accessible parking.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
Picnic tables not accessible. Trail is not accessible.

Holzwarth Historic Site (8,884 feet)
Accessible parking but parking lot is unpaved.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
Picnic tables not accessible.
Wheelchair and motorized wheelchair-accessible ½-mile gravel path to historic site is steep in places.
In summer a staff-operated golf cart can take visitors to the site.
Interiors of historic structures are not wheelchairaccessible.
Walkways around the several buildings are rough and unpaved.

Bowen-Baker Gulch Trailhead (8,864 feet)
Accessible parking.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
Picnic tables are not accessible.

Coyote Valley Trail (8,840 feet)
Accessible parking. Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
Accessible picnic tables.
Wheelchair and motorized wheelchair-accessible
1-mile level-grade packed gravel trail; use of gloves may be helpful.

Harbison Meadows (8,688 feet)
Accessible parking. No restrooms.
The 2 accessible picnic tables are in a covered pavilion.
Packed gravel path from parking area to picnic area is sloped.

 

Accessible Trails
Be advised that park trials contain hazards including loose gravel, uneven surfaces, rocks, tree roots and steep areas.

Bear lake (9,475 feet)
Accessible parking.
Accessible restrooms.
No picnic tables.
Bear Lake is about 200 yards from the parking area. A ½-mile packed gravel trail circles Bear Lake. The first portion of the trail is accessible in either direction; farther along, trail grades exceed 8% in places. The trail on the southwest side of the lake has log "steps;" go counterclockwise to go down these steps or clockwise to go up them; assistance may be needed.

 
Bear Lake Nature Trail
 

Coyote Valley Trail (8,840 feet)
Accessible parking. Accesssible picnic tables.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets)
Accessible 1-mile level-grade, packed gravel trail crosses the Colorado River into the Kawuneeche Valley. Use of gleoves may be helpful.

Lily Lake (8,880 feet)
Accessible parking. Accessible picnic tables.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
Accessible 3/4 mile packed gravel circles Lily Lake. Adjoining trails are not accessible.
Accessible fishing pier.

Sprague Lake (8,690 feet)
Accessible parking. Accessible picnic tables.
Accessible restrooms (summer flush/winter vault).
Accessible 1/2-mile packed gravel trail circles Sprague Lake. Benches and fishing platforms are located along the trail.
Accessible campsite located near Sprague Lake (see Backcountry Camping section).

 

Along Bear Lake Road

Hollowell Park (8,300 feet)
Accessible parking.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
Accessible picnic tables.
Mill Creek Basin Trail is not accessible.

Tuxedo Park Picnic Area (8,120 feet)
Accessible parking.
No restrooms.
Picnic tables not accessible.

Sprague Lake (8,690 feet)
Accessible parking. Accessible picnic tables.
Accessible restrooms (summer flush/winter vault).
Accessible ½-mile packed gravel trail circles Sprague Lake.
Benches and fishing platforms are located along the trail.
Accessible campsite located near Sprague Lake (see Backcountry Camping section).

Bear Lake (9,475 feet)
Accessible parking.
Accessible restrooms (vault toilets).
No picnic tables.
Bear Lake is about 200 yards from the parking area. A 1/2-mile packed gravel trail circles Bear lake. The first portion of the trail is accessible in either direction; farther along, trail grades exceed 8% in places. The trail on the southwest side of the lake has log "steps;" go counterclockwise to go down these steps or clockwise to go up them; assistance may be needed.

 

Camping

Two campgrounds in the park have accessible campsites, Moraine Park and Timber Creek; two do not, Aspenglen and Longs Peak. Glacier Basin Campground is closed in 2013. Holders of the America the Beautiful Access Passes and Golden Age Passes can camp at a 50% discount.
Summer reservations for As;englen and Moraine Park Campgrounds can be made up to six months in advance at www.reserveamerica.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

Aspenglen Campground (8,220 feet)
No accessible campsites.
Accessible parking near amphitheater.
Trail to amphitheater is paved and steep in places.
Restrooms by amphitheater have steep grades leading to them.
Picnic table not accessible.

Longs Peak Campground (9,405 feet)
No accessible campsites.
No accessible parking.
Restrooms not accessible.
Picnic tables not accessible.

Glacier Basin Campground (8,500 feet)
Currently this campground is closed.

Moraine Park Campground (8,150 feet)
Four reservable accessible campsites are located in the A Loop.
Accessible parking by accessible campsites and amphitheater.
Accessible amphitheater.
Accessible restroom adjacent to campsites.
Accessible picnic tables at accessible campsites.
Raised fire grates at accessible campsites.
Site A39
Max vehicle length 20 feet.
Overhang depends on camping unit. 1 slide-out.
Parking is level, 23 feet x 12 feet.
Tent pad 15 feet x 11 feet. 160 feet to restroom.
Sunny. Best suited for conversion van or slide-in truck camper, 1 small tent.
Site A40
Max vehicle length 30 feet.
No overhang. Slide-outs both sides.
Parking is level, 30 feet x 12 feet.
Tent pad 18 feet x 15 feet. 120 feet to restroom.
Sunny. Best suited for a medium-sized RV, 1 small tent.
Site A41
Max vehicle length 35 feet.
Overhang depends on camping unit. Slide-outs both sides.
Parking is level, 36 feet x 12 feet.
Tent pad 19 feet x 16 feet. 75 feet to restroom.
Shady. Best suited for medium-sized RV, 1 small tent.
Site A42
Max vehicle length 40 feet.
Overhang depends on camping unit. Slide-outs both sides
Parking is level, 40 feet x 15 feet
Tent pad 14 feet x 14 feet. 90 feet to restroom.
Sunny. Best suited for a large RV, 1 small tent.

Timber Creek Campground
Two first-come, first-served accessible campsites are located int he B loop. Accesible campsites are set aside for campers with disabilites until 6:00 p.m. each evening; if not filled by then, other campers can stay in those sites for the night only.
Accessible parking by accessible campsites and amphitheater.
Accessible restroom.
Accessible picnic tables at accessible campsites.
Raised fire grates at accessible campsites.
Site B22
Maximum vehicle length 16 feet.
Parking is 18 feet long x 22 feet wide.
Tent pad is 13 feet x 30 feet.
Site B24
Maximum vehicle length 30 feet.
Parking is 37 feet long x 21 feet wide.
Tent pad is 13 feet x 30 feet.
Site B26
Maximum vehicle length 24 feet.
Parking is 26 feet long x 22 feet wide.
Tent pad is 10 feet x 15 feet

 

Backcountry Camping

Sprague Lake Camp
The park's wheelchair-accessible backcountry campsite is near scenic Sprague Lake. The camp is located one-half mile from the parking area via a fully ccessible packed gravel trail, at about 8,700 feet of elevation. The camp accommodates up to 12 campers including a maximum of five wheelchairs.
The camp is available year-round. Reservations are made with the park's Backcountry Office by mail (1000 US Hwy 36, Estes Park, CO 80517), in person, or by phone (970-586-1242). A party may stay at the campsite a maximum of three consecutive nights. There is a $20 administrative fee between May 1 and October 31.
This is a rustic backcountry campsite with few facilities. There are no hookups and no electrical outlets for medical applicances. Campers park at Sprague Lake, one-half mile away, where ISAdesignated parking is available. All gear, water, and firewood must be packed in. Facilities include accessible picnic tables, a fire grate and charcoal grill, and accessible privy. A water faucet is not provided.

Did You Know?

a photo of a lady playing golf in Moraine Park,a photo of a lady playing golf in Moraine Park

Moraine Park was once a booming settlement. As the rustic cabins grew into lodges, the inn keepers built more facilities to serve guests. Stead's Resort had both a swimming pool and a golf course.