People who require wheelchairs or other mobility devices often stay in the comfort of their homes rather than going out and exploring. The main reason is a valid point, because not all places are suitable for people in wheelchairs due to rough terrain and barriers. However, several national parks in the United States boast ADA compliance and make it easy for people with disabilities to navigate. If you’re looking for outdoor activities for seniors, these parks are ones to consider for your next trip.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon in Arizona is one of the sites people don’t forget when they visit it. For anyone who requires a wheelchair ramp or a smooth surface to operate their mobility device, the South Rim Trail is for you. There are many points along the trail designed specifically for people in wheelchairs so they don’t even have to get out of the wheelchair to enjoy amazing views. With plenty of accessible hotels nearby, you can plan to stay a while and enjoy everything Grand Canyon National Park has to offer.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park in Utah is one of the most popular national parks in the state and is suitable for people with various abilities. The most accessible trail is the Pa’rus Trail, which features an 8’ wide trail that spans 1.5 miles. The wide trail makes it easy to turn around or take breaks to enjoy the beautiful views without getting too crowded with other visitors. Simply getting out and experiencing some of the greatest views in Utah can be perfect outdoor activities for seniors.
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park in California is known for the General Sherman Tree, which stands 275’ tall and has a 36’ diameter at the base. Better yet, the General Sherman Tree Trail is about a ¼ mile long trail with easy wheelchair accessibility. While it’s a short trail, it’s worth it to load up your mobility device on your wheelchair auto lift and make the drive to Sequoia National Park if you’re within driving distance.
Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park in Florida offers a wheelchair-accessible trail allowing you to experience nature without disturbing any natural habitats. The Shark Valley trail is 15 miles long and you can wheel yourself along the entire thing if you have the strength and stamina to do so. Otherwise, you can take the wheelchair-accessible tram to still enjoy everything the trail has to offer without expending a significant amount of energy.
People with disabilities or mobility limitations shouldn’t let their condition deter them from doing the things they enjoy. Next Day Access is here to help you keep moving. Whether you could benefit from a wheelchair, a mobility scooter, a wheelchair auto lift or any other mobility device, we have a solution for your needs. If you’re ready to explore the great United States national parks, contact us for tips and advice on traveling safely with accessibility.