Utah has a number of trails with minimal obstacles. Some are very easy and others are wheelchair accessible. Here are just a few of them.
Many of the links given were found through Internet search. Some places I have been able to visit and a few have been recommended to me by other people who have been there. With your help, we can share our knowledge with disabled people everywhere and also increase awareness of the need for more accessibility. Please e-mail me with your suggestions using the form in the sidebar.
Arches National Park Phone 435-719-2299 Map Trails Visitor Guide Accessibility
“An audio tour of the park’s scenic road is available for purchase or rental at the bookstore. …. Large-print and braille publications are available at the visitor center.”
These three trails are considered barrier-free: (“Barrier-free trails may contain minor obstacles, steeper grades and temporary washouts.”)
Devil’s Garden Trail to Landscape Arch 1.6 miles round-trip
Windows Trail – the first 100 yards only.
Double Arch Trail – This is a hard surface with a slope.
Ashley National Forest
The Forest is mostly in northeastern Utah, with just a bit including the Flaming Gorge in Wyoming. Phone 435-789-1181 Visitor Guide
Yellowpine Interpretive trail 0.5 miles The trail is at the Yellowpine Campground.
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area “The Flaming Gorge NRA is located in the northeast corner of Utah and the southwest corner of Wyoming.”
Ryan, from flaminggorgecountry.com writes that “There are wheel chair accessible nature trails located at Moose Pond, West Green’s Lake, and Red Canyon overlook/Red Canyon Visitor center. Sheep Creek Geological loop, Sheep Creek Bay overlook, Red Canyon overlook, Dowd mountain overlook, Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center, and the Dam Vista Overlook are all easy access by vehicle with easy access viewpoints.”
Red Canyon Visitor Center 435-889-3713
? The Chamber of Commerce Guide lists six “easy” trails on page 29. Be sure to call either the Visitor Center or the Chamber of Commerce since no details are given. From the website: “Try the short interpretive Nature Trails at Sheep Creek, Moose Ponds, West Greens Lake and Aspen for an easy enlightening walk through a variety of habitats along this scenic drive.” Easy for them might not be easy for you. Check with them.
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Phone 435-723-5887 Hunting & Fishing brochure with map facebook page
“…Bear River MBR contains nearly 80,000 acres of marsh, open water, uplands, and alkali mudflats.”
Marsh Meander trail 1.5 mile unpaved trail through the wetland habitat just outside the center.
Wetland Walk is paved, and I believe accessible, but length is not given on the websites.
Capitol Reef National Park – For easy walking, we loved the canyon floors at Capitol Reef. These sand and gravel surfaces would bog down a wheelchair, but we did meet one intrepid wheelchair user who was enjoying the spectacular beauty from the paved roads. You can arrange for a driver to take you into the beautiful Cathedral Valley. My photographers and writers club, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, used Hondoo Rivers and Trails in Torrey. This park is not as crowded as many of the better known national parks in the west.
Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument has one wheelchair accessible trail and numerous easy trails. The monument lies on the border between Colorado and Utah at the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers. just to the north of the town of Vernal, Utah. There are over 800 paleontological sites in the Jurassic Morrison formation. There are fossils of many dinosaurs including Allosaurus, Deinonychus, and Abydosaurus. Dinosaur National Monument protects 105 miles of the Green and Yampa rivers and more than 210,000 acres of the rivers’ canyons.
Phone 435-781-7700 Map Accessibility Links to trail details Monument website
Plug Hat Trail 0.25 mile loop paved “…trail on top of a butte affords excellent views of the surrounding landscape and provides an introduction to the pinyon pine-juniper community.”
Cold Desert Trail 0.5 mile loop “This short, level walk provides insight into the diversity of the desert shrub community found around Dinosaur National Monument.”
Box Canyon Trail 0.5 mile in and out. “A level walk into a shady box canyon.”
Gates of Lodore Trail 0.75 mile one way. There are a “few steps” at the beginning of the trail and then it is a level walk above the Green River ending at a view of the entrance to Lodore Canyon.
Hog Canyon Trail 1.5 mile one way. “A relatively level walk into a box canyon.”
Dixie National Forest Phone 435-865-3700 Maps
Red Canyon Powell Ranger District Visitor Center Phone 435-676-2676 Trails Map and Descriptions The map omits the easy Hoodoo Trail. Red Canyon is a lovely place near Bryce National Park, but without the crowds.
Hoodoo Trail #3011 0.3 mile “Walk under the hoodoos, through sagebrush, pinyon, and juniper trees.”
Pink Ledges Interpretive Trail 0.4 miles This trail is a bit more difficult than the Hoodoo, so you may just want to go for part of it and then turn around if you don’t like the slope.
Pa’rus Trail 3.5 miles “Paved trail follows the Virgin River from the South Campground to Canyon Junction.”
Riverside Walk 2.2 miles. “Minor drop-offs. Paved trail follows the Virgin River along the bottom of a narrow canyon. Trailside exhibits.”
Antelope Island State Park Trails Map Brochure Utah Travel Secrets trail guide
Headquarters phone 801-649-5742, Visitor Center Phone 801-725-9263
Lakeside Trail 2.8 miles one way. “An easy hike” that “follows a nicely maintained gravel path” with elevation gain of only 69′.
Mountain View Trail is 11.38 miles one way and can be accessed via four parking areas. It follows the east shore of the island. “Wetlands and wildlife are abundant on the trail.”
Dead Horse Point State Park Visitor Center phone 435-259-2614 Map Trail Map
Overlook Trail 200′ one way. “…a short paved pathway leads to breathtaking views of the Colorado River and adjacent canyon country some 2,000 feet below.”
Visitor Center Trail 1/8 mile round trip. “The paved path just outside the Visitor Center offers great views of the basin to the east, the La Sal Mountains and Chimney Rock.” There are eight trail-side exhibits.
The East Rim Trail System 1.5-2 miles “Aside from a short hill a quarter mile from the visitor center, this trail is predominately flat. ”
The Colorado River Overlook 1 mile.
Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail Phone 435-649-6839 Map
This rail trail is 28 miles following interstate 80 from Park City to Echo Reservoir. It is mostly gravel, but there are 3 miles north from Park City and a 0.5 section in Wanship that are asphalt and suitable for wheelchairs. TrailLink’s description
Robert N. Hasenyager Great Salt Lake Nature Center Map
The Visitor Center at Farmington Bay is under construction and expected to open in 2017. Learn more about the center by writing to email@example.com
Farmington Creek Trail is ADA compliant but length is not given.
Snow Canyon State Park Brochure & Trail Map Overview Map Phone 435-628-2255
Whiptail Trail 6 miles. “Level with some slopes. Accessible to people with disabilities. Tucked along the canyon bottom, this paved trail is suitable for walking, jogging, and biking.”
Jenny’s Canyon 0.5 mile, Johnson Canyon 2 miles, Pioneer Names 0.5 mile, West Canyon Road 8 miles, and Sand Dunes 0.5 mile are trails rated as easy with some slopes and/or steps. Check with the Visitor Center to see if some of them would work for you.
Swaner EcoCenter Utah State University 435-649-1767 Preserve and Trails
Leslie, who answered my inquiry (and provided the photos) writes, “The EcoCenter and the pier going out onto the preserve are wheelchair accessible. However, in the winter the pier is covered with snow for snowshoeing. I would say summer and fall would be the best times for elderly and people with wheelchairs to visit.”
12 Wheelchair Accessible Trails in Utah is a page on wanderookie.com, an excellent source of information on “Utah hikes and outdoor recreation for rookie adventurers”.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy lists wheelchair accessible trails in Utah.
Wheelchairtraveling.com is an outstanding resource.