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    Rocky Mountain

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Accessibility

BANNER Fishermen at Sprague Lake credit NPS photo by Debbie Biddle

NPS photo by Debbie Biddle

Welcome to Rocky Mountain National Park. This beautiful park has many accessible facilities for visitors, including visitor centers, scenic overlooks, self-guided trails, campgrounds, some picnic areas and a backcountry campsite.

This spectacular high-elevation park ranges in altitude from the lowest valleys at about 7,700 feet to the summit of the highest mountain - Longs Peak - at 14,259 feet; scenic Trail Ridge Road crests at 12,183 feet as it crosses the park and the Continental Divide. These high altitudes can worsen preexisting medical conditions. The higher you go, the harder your body needs to work. Allow your body to acclimate: stay well-hydrated, eat lightly, avoid smoking and get plenty of rest. Seasonal conditions may make some facilities inaccessible in winter. Enjoy your visit!

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Wheelchair Access
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, wheelchairs are permitted on all trails. Read more

Access Pass

Access Pass

Fees and Passes
The America the Beautiful Access Pass is a free lifetime pass for US citizens who have a permanent disability. Read more

Visitor at Fall River Visitor Center

Visitor at Fall River Visitors Center

NPS/Peter Biddle

Visitor Centers &
Educational Programs

All park visitor centers feature bookstores and information desks accessible to wheelchairs. Assited listening devices and sign language interpretation available with advance notice. Read more

Sprague Lake Accessible Trail

Sprague Lake accessible trail

NPS/Debbie Biddle

Accessible Trails
Bear Lake Trail, Coyote Valley Trail, Lily Lake Trail and the Sprague Lake Trail are all wheelchair Accessible. Read more

Sign to Sprague Lake Camp

on the way to Sprague Lake camping

NPS/Peter Biddle

Camping
Both "front country" and "back country" camping are available. Read more

Visitor at AVC

Visitor at the Alpine Visitor Center

NPS/Peter Biddle

Along Trail Ridge Road
Many of the overlooks have accessible parking. Read more

Disabled parking space at Storm Pass trailhead

Disable parking along Bear Lake Road

NPS/John Marino

Along Bear Lake Road
Holliwell Park, Sprague Lake and Bear Lake all have accessible parking. Read more

Most Park Shuttle Buses are accessible

Most Shuttle Busses are accessible

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Shuttle Busses
Wheelchair accessible shuttle busses operate in the summer in the Bear Lake corridor. Read more

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courtesy Canine Companions for Indepence

Service Animals
Those that have been trained to perform specific tasks for persons with disabilities are allowed in the park. Read more

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The Disabled Traveler's Companion
A good place to look for information on accessibility is the Disabled Traveler's Companion website. Working in cooperation with Rocky Mountain National Park and other National Parks to provide valuable trip planning assistance to disabled travelers, this website contains information and photographs which may help you plan your visit to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Did You Know?

Mama Cabin in the Holzwarth Historic District

The Holzwarth Historic District is a former guest ranch on the Colorado River. Open to visitors during the summer, the property features a dozen small cabins including the Mama cabin, named after Sophia Holzwarth, who ran the rustic resort.