Wheelchairs & Mobility
This is an overview about wheelchair-accessibility in Yellowstone National Park. Details for each major area in the park follow. You can also download the Accessibility Guide to Yellowstone for complete information.
Yellowstone has nine visitor centers and information stations. Canyon & Old Faithful visitor education centers and the Albright (Mammoth) and Grant visitor centers are wheelchair-accessible. Norris and Madison information stations may require assistance; Fishing Bridge is partially wheelchair-accessible.
Mammoth, Old Faithful, and Lake clinics are wheelchair-accessible. Only Mammoth is open year round.
Designated Accessible Parking
Accessible parking is designated in all major areas and at some overlooks, wayside exhibits, and picnic areas.
Manual wheelchairs can be rented at medical clinics for $15 per day with a credit card (or $300 cash) deposit. Wheelchairs are available for loan at each lodging facility, except Roosevelt Lodge. Old Faithful, Canyon, and Albright (Mammoth) visitor centers loan wheelchairs for use while in those areas.
Motorized Personal Vehicles
Motorized wheelchairs and scooters that are designed solely for use by a person with a mobility impairment are allowed. The Segway® Personal Transporter and similar vehicles used by persons with disabilities are allowed with some restrictions, although terrain may limit their usefulness.
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.
Wheelchair-accessible restrooms with sinks and flush toilets are located at all major areas except West Thumb. Accessible vault toilets are found at West Thumb, Norris, some scenic overlooks, most picnic areas, and all campgrounds.
Service stations are staffed seasonally during daylight hours. and have call buttons.
Wheelchair-accessible ATM machines are available in the park’s major areas.
Wheelchair-accessible dining options include snack bars, fast food restaurants, and dining rooms.
Wheelchair-accessible lodging is available in all areas of the park.
Mammoth, Old Faithful, Grant, and Canyon post offices are wheelchair-accessible. Only Mammoth is open year round.
Stores & Gift Shops
The Old Faithful, Canyon, and Mammoth areas have wheelchair-accessible general stores, gift shops (in lodging), and bookstores (in visitor centers). Store accessibility in other areas varies.
Wheelchair accessibility at picnic areas varies and is improving. Ask for the free publication describing picnic areas at visitor centers; it has the most current information. The Soda Butte Creek picnic area has accessible parking and an accessible table; see the Tower-Roosevelt Area Accessible Information.
All campgrounds have at least one wheelchair-accessible site except for Fishing Bridge RV Park and Tower Fall.
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.
Wheelchair-accessible public showers are available at Grant Village Camper Services Building and Old Faithful Inn.
Walkways & Self-Guiding Trails
Most walkways and self-guiding trails have at least one wheelchair-accessible walkway.
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). Visitor center exhibits are wheelchair-accessible as noted in the area descriptions.
Wheelchair Accessible Features by Park Area
Last updated: August 9, 2017