Accessibility in Yellowstone continued
Camping - Most campgrounds have at least one wheelchair-accessible site. The exceptions are Fishing Bridge RV Park, Pebble Creek, Slough Creek, and Tower Fall.
Backcountry Camping - The Ice Lake backcountry campsite is reserved for those with disabilities, parents with children under 6 years of age, and adults over 62 years of age. Wheelchair users may require assistance. The trailhead is between Norris and Canyon; the wheelchair-accessible trail is about one-half mile long. Contact the park's main backcountry office, 307-344-2160, for more details.
Dining - Wheelchair-accessible ATM machines are available in the park's major areas.
Fishing Site - There is an accessible fishing ramp and platform on the Madison River at the Mt. Haynes Overlook. This site is situated approximately 3.5 miles west (downstream) of Madison Junction or 10 miles east of the West Entrance Station. Consult the Yellowstone Fishing Regulations for general fishing information.
Information - Yellowstone has nine visitor centers and information
Medical Clinics - Mammoth, Old Faithful, and Lake clinics are wheelchair-accessible. Only Mammoth is open year round.
Motorized Personal Vehicles - Motorized wheelchairs and scooters that are designed solely for use by a person with a mobility impairment are allowed in the backcountry with certain regulations.
Parking - Designated Accessible Parking is available in all major areas and at some overlooks, wayside exhibits and picnic areas.
Post Offices - Mammoth, Old Faithful, Grant, and Canyon post offices are wheelchair-accessible. Only Mammoth is open year round.
Programs - Throughout the park, accessible ranger-led activities are indicated. Yellowstone Today is the park newspaper which program schedules. There are many wheelchair-accessible roadside interpretive exhibits throughout the park. They include Obsidian Cliff (Grand Loop Road between Mammoth and Norris) and Orange Spring Mound (Mammoth area).
Rest Rooms - Accessible rest rooms with sinks and flush toilets are located at all developed areas except West Thumb and Norris. Accessible vault toilets are found at West Thumb, Norris, most scenic areas, most picnic areas, and all campgrounds. They are recognized as small brown/gray concrete buildings, each housing a single toilet.
Service Animals - Qualified service animals assisting people with disabilities are allowed throughout the park and in all park facilities. However, they must be leashed. You must have a permit to bring a service animal into the backcountry due to wildlife and safety issues.
Service Stations - Service stations are staffed seasonally during daylight hours and have call buttons.
Showers - Wheelchair accessible public showers are available at the Grant Village Camper Services Building and the Old Faithful Inn.
Stores and Gift Shops - The Old Faithful and Canyon areas have wheelchair-accessible general stores, gift shops (in lodging), and bookstores (in visitor centers). Store accessibility in other areas varies.
Walkways & Self-Guiding Trails - Most walkways and self-guiding trails have at least one wheelchair-accessible walkway.
Wheelchairs Rental- Manual wheelchairs can be rented at medical
The brochure "Accessibility in Yellowstone" (3.6 MB pdf) is available at all entrance stations and visitor centers, or write or call the above address, phone number or email: Yellowstone Visitor Services.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.