The National Park Service (NPS) is committed to making facilities, programs, services, and employment accessible for visitors and employees with disabilities. Each park has its own accessibility section on its website, where details can be found about planning a trip to that park with accessibility needs in mind.
If you experience any difficulty accessing the information on our website, please email us with details of the issue.
Plan an Accessible Park Trip
The Access Pass
The Access Pass is a free, lifetime pass, available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability). It is not unique to national parks—it provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.
Architectural Barriers Act (ABA)
The Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. §§ 4151--57) requires access to facilities that are designed, built, altered, or leased with Federal funds. The Access Board is the federal agency responsible for enforcing the ABA. Read the ABA standards or learn how to file an ABA-related complaint, if you encounter a problem while in a park.
Each park is responsible for providing information about planning a trip to that site with acessibility in mind. Visit a specific park's website to learn specific information, such as whether wheelchairs are available to borrow, what accessible camping options there might be, etc.
Accessibility of This Website
The National Park Service (NPS) is committed to making its information and communication technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities by meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Section 508 is a Federal law that requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities access to electronic and information technology and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.
To meet this commitment, our web templates have been designed to meet or exceed the Section 508 standards and to conform to the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level A & AA. Individual parks are responsible for ensuring their content (documents, videos, etc.) adheres to this standard.
- The Section 508 standards are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance with the law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found at Section508.gov.
- The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 can be found at the W3C website.
NPS Section 508 Contact
If you have feedback or concerns related to the accessibility of any content on this website, or have ideas or comments that would help us improve the accessibility and usability of our website, please email the NPS Section 508 Program Coordinator, Alex Lindeman. If applicable, please include the web address or URL and the specific problems you have encountered.
NPS is a bureau within the Department of the Interior (DOI). If you would like to file a formal Section 508 related complaint, please submit the complaint in writing to the Department of the Interior Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights (ODICR) at e-mail us, by phone at (202) 208-1530, or in writing at the following address:
U.S. Department of the Interior
Director, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights
Mail Stop 4359
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240
The ODICR will apply the complaint procedures outlined in 43 CFR Part 17, Subpart E, which are established to implement Section 504 for resolving allegations of discrimination in a Federally conducted program or activity.
Information for Current and Prospective Employees
Veteran Hiring Program
The Feds Hire Vets Program, in the Department of the Interior (DOI), offers information on how military veterans may apply for federal jobs, including at the National Park Service.
Reasonable Accommodations for Employees
The Access Center (formerly called the Assisted Technology Center) is a DOI resource center that offers consultation, information, advice, and demonstration of assistive technology, safety, and accommodation solutions to increase workplace accessibility and safety for all employees.
Additional Information for People with Disabilities
- DOI's Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights provides information on civil rights and equal opportunity programs including disability-related topics.
- Disability.gov is a Federal government website that provides comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide.
Last updated: January 31, 2024