Top 9 Wheelchair Accessible Campgrounds
Many of the nation's best state parks are closed for the epidemic. Still, families and couples social distancing together are busy planning vacations for the moment stay at home orders are lifted.
Planning a vacation to the great outdoors can be complicated, especially when there are accessibility concerns to be addressed. Finding an outdoor campsite that's friendly to your wheelchair is no different.
Lucky for you, we created this guide to help you do just that. We've compiled the top 9 best campsites and parks for wheelchair accessibility.
So, ready to turn your vacation daydreams into a reality? Then keep reading because this one's for you!
1. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is so large, it touches regions in three states: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. It's also one of the most well-known and highly-photographed parks in the United States, which is why the park is making an effort to improve accessibility.
The self-guided trails, fishing sites, and most walkways offer at least one wheelchair-accessible pathway. While you'll have to miss out on seeing the older trails in person, you can pick up one of the park's guided audio tours to feel like you're there.
Yellowstone offers the option to rent a wheelchair at the lodge, too, before heading straight to the park's main attraction: Old Faithful - a huge geyser known to erupt 20 times a day.
2. Navajo Lakes RV Park and Campground
RV Accessibility Group dubbed Navajo Lakes Park and Campground in Arboles, Colorado one of the most accessible parks right now. The campgrounds have paved paths connecting each site and offer excellent accessibility to the clubhouse and amenities.
Plus, you can check out nearby Navajo Lake State Park. Navajo Lake is the second largest lake in Colorado and is a major hot spot during the warmer months.
3. Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is one of the world's natural wonders and at the Grand Canyon National Park you can check it out via the South Rim's wheelchair-accessible trails that offer 5-star canyon views.
If you want the full Grand Canyon experience, pick up a Scenic Drive Accessibility Permit. This permit gets you to access to some trails that are closed to the public for traffic-free sight-seeing. Grand Canyon National Park has wheelchairs available upon request. Your wheelchair will also come with an accessibility guide, which includes the location of wheelchair-accessible shuttles around the park.
4. Mesa Spirit RV Resort
Mesa Spirit RV Resort in Mesa, Arizona is a clean park with management who are always attentive to handicap needs. Many of the resort's connecting pathways are flat and paved. Plus, the bathrooms are roomy enough to accommodate a chair.
Keep in mind that Mesa Spirit is a senior citizen only park. The resort allows people over the age of 55 to make a reservation, meaning children are not permitted.
5. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
You read that right: the gorgeous sand dunes of southern Colorado's famed Great Sand Dunes National Park are wheelchair accessible. That is, as long as you rent one of the park's sand dune-friendly chairs.
The park's sand wheelchairs require someone to push but they do come in both adult and child sizes. With your sand chair, you can access to the famous Star Dune plus the creek and beach that pop up during the rainy season.
6. Beaver Lake Campground
Situated outside the town of Custer, South Dakota, Beaver Lake Campground is centrally located to a number of famous sites. That includes Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave National Park.
Avoid Beaver Lake camp's older sites and stick to the newer developments. There, you'll find paved pathways near to amenities and covered by plenty of shady trees.
7. Acadia National Park
Maine's waterside Acadia National Park may be known for its rocky terrain, but the park's dedication to accessibility means a few rocks won't stop you. From the picturesque beaches to some of the best paths in the park, you'll have no problem getting around in your wheelchair.
Want to climb a mountain, wheel down horse trails, or take a boat cruise? You can do all that and more from the comfort of your wheelchair.
8. Advanced RV Resort
If you and your family prefer sight-seeing in the city, you'll love that Advanced RV Resort is smack dab in the middle of Houston, Texas. It's located on a major tollway in the city, so you're never too far from the action.
The park itself is touted as being beautiful and clean with wide, paved pathways to the clubhouse and other amenities. Accessible ramps lead into all the major buildings and many of the doors offer power assist.
9. Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park in Montana may not be the most accessible park and campground on our list, but the chance to see mountain goats and grizzly bears makes a little extra planning totally worth it.
The park's free shuttles are handicap-friendly and so, too, are many of its most popular trails. Check out McDonald Falls, Logan Pass, Running Eagle Falls, and Swiftcurrent Nature Trails for the most accessible trails for wheelchairs.
See the World from Your Wheelchair
At BraunAbility, we don't think your wheelchair has to keep you from experiencing all the world has to offer. As long as you do a little planning before your trip, you can have a stress-free vacation to the great outdoors. We hope this guide will help you out.
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