Accessibility

A man in a blue sweatshirt and tan hat sitting in a wheelchair. A wheel-chair accessible path stretched in front of him.
A man using an all-terrain wheelchair on the Alluvial Fan accessible trail.

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This beautiful park has many accessible facilities for visitors, including visitor centers, scenic overlooks, self-guided trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and a backcountry campsite.

The National Park Service is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have equal opportunity to benefit from our facilities, programs, services, and activities whether they are indoors or outdoors.

 

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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.

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 Wilderness Camping section).

Camping

Three campgrounds in the park have accessible campsites, Moraine Park, Glacier Basin, and Timber Creek; two do not, Aspenglen and Longs Peak. Summer reservations for campgrounds can be made up to six months in advance at www.recreation.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.

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

Sprague Lake

The park's wheelchair-accessible wilderness campsite is near scenic Sprague Lake. The camp is located one-half mile from the parking area via a fully accessible 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 Wilderness Office online or in person. Please contact the Wilderness Office at (970) 586-1242 with any questions or trip planning needs. A party may stay at the campsite a maximum of three consecutive nights.

This is a rustic wilderness campsite with few facilities. There are no hookups and no electrical outlets for medical appliances. Campers park at Sprague Lake, one-half mile away, where ISA-designated 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.

Fees

U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are permanently disabled or blind are eligible fro the Interagency Pass. Learn more by clicking on the National Park Service webpagehttps://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.

Park Shuttle Bus

Free shuttle buses operate in the Bear Lake Corridor of the park. All park shuttle buses are accessible with wheelchair lifts and tie downs. Bus drivers will assist passengers on and off the buses. If you need assistance, ask the bus driver.

Resources

The National Park Service website on accessibility: https://www.nps.gov/pub_aff/access/index.htm.

Brochures

Braille and large-print versions of our park brochure are available at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. You can also download PDFs of our brochures for use with assistive technology.

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.

The Disabled Traveler's Companion

The Disabled Traveler's Companion website has detailed information about accessible facilities in the park: http://www.tdtcompanion.com/NPS/Rocky/ 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.

Service Animals

Service animals are permitted in all park facilities and on all trails, with the exception of areas closed by the Superintendent to protect park resources. Service animals are dogs that have been individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of persons with disabilities. 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 accessible by motor vehicles, including all trails and meadows. For more information about pets in Rocky Mountain National Park, click on this link https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/pets.htm

Be aware that it is common for other visitors to ask questions, make unwanted remarks, or to report service animals to law enforcement officers if they are not aware the dog is a service animal and allowed to be in locations where pets are not generally allowed. For these reasons, it is recommended that service animals wear a visible identification vest while in the park.

Visitor Centers, Facilities, and Educational Programs

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 tablesElevator between floors (500-pound weight limit).

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-accessible1-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.

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 certified sign language interpreter can be provided with a month's advance notice to accompany a ranger during a 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. Contact 970-586-1206.

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchairs are allowed anywhere foot travel is permitted, including trails and wilderness, if the device is “designed solely for use by a person who has a mobility impairment for the 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.

Be advised the seasonal conditions may impact access even in fully accessible locations. Park trails may contain hazards including loose gravel, uneven surfaces, rocks, tree roots, and steep areas.


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.

Last updated: October 15, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park , CO 80517

Phone:

970 586-1206
The Information Office is open year-round: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily in summer; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mondays - Fridays and 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturdays - Sundays in winter. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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