Wilderness Accessibility

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Wilderness is for all, and travel there can be challenging.

Designated Wilderness areas, which are defined in the Wilderness Act of 1964, are natural, offer solitude or primitive and unconfined recreation, are undeveloped, are untrammeled, and may have ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.

In Wilderness areas, people are allowed to use wheelchairs and some other power-driven mobility devices. The term wheelchair as defined in Title V Section 508(c) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) means a device designed solely for use by a mobility­-impaired person for locomotion that is suitable for use in an indoor pedestrian area. Nothing in the Wilderness Act prohibits wheelchair use in a Wilderness area by a person who needs one.

Many trails in Zion National Park's Wilderness have long drop-offs, grades that exceed 6%, or stream crossings. Trails are also sometimes rocky, sandy, or blocked by obstacles like fallen trees.

If you want to learn about trail accessibility, please e-mail us or call 435-772-3256. We will be happy to share up-to-date trail conditions.

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Accessibility in Zion National Park

The National Park Service works to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy Zion National Park

Last updated: February 25, 2022

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Mailing Address:

Zion National Park
1 Zion Park Blvd.

Springdale, UT 84767


If you have questions, please email zion_park_information@nps.gov. Listen to recorded information by calling anytime 24 hours a day. Rangers answer phone calls from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. MT, but a ranger may not answer if they are already speaking with someone else.

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