Wyoming has a number of trails with minimal obstacles. Some are very easy and others are wheelchair accessible. Here are just a few of them.
Most 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.
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming has an accessible trail and some ADA compliant overlooks. The Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge has an easy hiking trail. These refuges are part of a refuge complex that includes one refuge in Colorado and four in southern Wyoming. The headquarters are in Walden, Colorado. Phone 970-723-8528. Here is their website.
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge is south of Walden, Colorado in North Park, an intermountain glacial basin with an elevation ranging from 8,100 to 8,700′.
Moose-Goose Nature Trail 0.5 mile “…winds along the Illinois River, provides a great chance to view song birds and other riparian residents.”
There are three ADA compliant overlooks and an accessible viewing blind.
Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge
2.6 miles of hiking trail. “It is possible to hike all or portions of the system. The flat to gently sloping terrain makes it enjoyable for all hikers.” Here is the website for Hutton Lake.
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.
Big Horn National Forest Phone 307-674-2600 webpage with links to downloadable maps
? Sawmill Lakes Trail #022 0.8 mile This is described as an “Easy trail for day hiking. Accesses Sawmill Lakes. Gently climbs in elevation. Suitable for family outings.” You would be wise to call the Tongue Ranger District at 307-674-2600 for better information.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Phone 406-666-2412 or 307-548-5406 Hiking Guide
This recreation area bridges Montana and Wyoming.
Driving directions from Montana and Wyoming Links to Trail Descriptions Accessibility Map
Two Eagles Interpretive Trail 0.25 miles round trip
Visitor Center Pond 0.26 mile “…a great place to see red-winged blackbirds and boreal chorus frogs during the summer.”
Bighorn Headgate Trail rated as an easy gravel path of 0.1 mile round trip to “quiet picnic area”.
Lockhart Ranch Trail consists of a choice of loops, one 0.5 miles, the other 2 miles. Both are old dirt roads.
Bridger-Teton National Forest Phone 307-739-5500
Jackson Ranger District The following trails are described as easy, but possibly more for bikers than hikers. Try calling the trail supervisor at 307-739-5414 for current conditions and an idea of just how easy or not these trails really are.
? Hagen Highway Trail 1.5 miles
? Hagen River Trail 1 mile
? KC Trail 0.99 mile
? Linda’s Trail 0.28 mile
?Snow King Nature Trail 0.56 mile loop “This trail is a short loop on top of Snow King Mountain that loops out the ridge and back. It offers great views in all directions as well as lots of flowers. “
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park has a number of easy and a few accessible trails.
Colter Bay Marina to amphitheater 0.3 mile one way along the east shore of Jackson Lake.
Jackson Lake Dam 0.2 mile
LSRP Lake Creek Overlook & Waterfall 0.2 mile
Multi-use path way Jackson to South Jenny 20 miles, paved
? String Lake Shore Trail 0.5 mile. This is a broken and uneven paved surface. String Lake Trailhead Map
Jenny Lake Shore Trail – currently disrupted for rehabilitation Jenny Lake Trailhead Map
Phone 307-739-3300 Map Accessibility Brochure Map and Descriptions of Day Hikes Map and Brochure of Lake Shore Hikes
Ten Easy Hikes from TetonHikingTrails.com by Bill Schneider
Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests Phones: Forest supervisor 307-745-2300
From stateparks.com: “The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests extend from north central Colorado to central Wyoming. The Forests encompass portions of many mountain ranges including the Gore Range, Flat Tops, Parks Range, Medicine Bow Mountains, Sierra Madre, and Laramie Range.”
Unfortunately, this branch of the Forest Service gives very little information on trails. Here is the page with links to information each trail, but they seldom give length, let alone difficulty rating.
Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District 307-326-5258
Snowy Range Scenic Byway also described here
Mirror Lake Picnic Ground includes an accessible path to the water, campsites and fishing platform.
Lake Marie Trail goes along the southeast shore of the Lake
Yellowstone National Park The park is in both Wyoming and Montana, so I am posting in both states.
Accessibility Guide The Accessibility Guide is very thorough so I am posting just a bit about some of the accessible places in Yellowstone.
“Manual wheelchairs can be rented at medical clinics for $10 per day with a credit card (or $300 cash) deposit. Wheelchairs are available for loan at each lodging facility, except Roosevelt Lodge, and the Old Faithful, Canyon, and Albright (Mammoth) visitors centers while in those areas.”
The use of Segways is somewhat limited. Check ahead.
Mammoth Hot Springs. There are accessible boardwalk from which you can view the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces.
Norris Geyser Basin and Area. There are boardwalks here, but you may need assistance. The lower section of the Artists Paintpots is wheelchair accessible.
Old Faithful. There are accessible paved trails and boardwalks going to Old Faithful Geyser, Geyser Hill, and Castle Geyser
Fishing Bridge Area. There is an accessible trail to the Mud Volcano, 6 miles north of Fishing Bridge.
Wyoming State Parks
For general questions about State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails call 307-777-6323. Regional Trails Supervisor ‘s phone is 307-335-8229 ext 225
Bear River State Park Brochure & Map
1.2 mile The website does not describe individual trails but the map shows an ADA compliant paved trail. “Nearly 3 miles of foot trails are within park limits. This includes 1.2 miles of paved trail and an arched footbridge that crosses the Bear River, allowing access to a natural area. Another 1.7 miles of packed gravel trails are on the west side of the river.”
Edness K. Wilkins State Park
This park, six miles from Casper is perfect for picnics. There are over 40 picnic areas shaded by cottonwood trees. a swimming pond is nearby.
“The Park features 2.8 miles of handicapped-accessible hard-surfaced paths and a handicapped-accessible fishing pier, the only one like it in the state.”
Brochure & Map Phone 307-577-5150
Hot Springs State Park
More than 8,000 gallons of water from mineral hot springs flow over colorful terraces along the Big Horn River at Thermopolis every 24 hours. The park has a free bath house where the water is maintained at 104 degrees.
There are 6.2 miles of accessible trails. Contact the park for more information. Phone 307-864-2176 travelwyoming.com Brochure & Map
Nature For The Blind has a directory of Braille trails for almost every state in the US and for many other countries.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy lists wheelchair accessible trails in Wyoming.
Wheelchairtraveling.com is an outstanding resource.