With summer winding down, this is a great time to get out and explore, especially with the changing fall colors. Here listed below are nature outings that are accessible to everyone and within an hour or so of Denver metro. So whether you have a stroller, walker or a wheelchair these places have paths that are flat, wide and paved. I also added nature parks that offered assisted devices or services as well. Please make sure to check your chosen destination's website or call before heading out in case there have been changes. Enjoy the outdoors!
Wilderness on Wheels, opens a new window
Phone number: (303) 403-1110
This nonprofit located about an hour from Denver has been providing access to nature for people of all abilities for over 30 years. You can stroll or roll through the beautiful Colorado mountains on their sturdy boardwalk.
- This nonprofit wilderness park has an 8 feet wide, mile long boardwalk with ramp access that zig zags through blue spruce and pine trees up a 12,000-foot mountain.
- They also have fishing in Kenosha Creek and several campsites with wheelchair accessibility.
Castlewood Canyon State Park, opens a new window (East park entrance)
Phone number: (303) 688-5242
This state park has bird watching, wildflowers, diverse scenery of mountains, rock formations and greenery. The trail ends at the Bridge Canyon overlook which is breathtaking.
- The entire Canyon View Nature Trail is paved and 1.2 miles long and ADA accessible.
- At the visitor’s center you can pick up an audio tour player which guides you through the 5 different ecosystems that are found in Castlewood Canyon.
Garden of the Gods
, opens a new windowPhone number: (719) 634-6666
This rock park is a registered National Natural Landmark featuring dramatic views. With sandstone formations against the backdrop of Pikes Peak and Colorado blue skies. Donated to the city of Colorado Springs, it is free to visit.
- The main route, Foothills trail is paved and has the best views.
- This park is also a great place to take a driving tour.
- The Visitor and Nature Center is ADA compliant and has 2 non-motorized wheelchairs available.
Staunton Park, opens a new window
Phone number: (303) 816-0912
From high grassy meadows to soaring granite cliffs this State Park has varied geology, soils, water features and a rich diversity of wildlife.
This State Park has Track-Chairs, opens a new window, to borrow for free which assist visitors with limited mobility to explore designated trails within the park. These come with instructions on how to use them and a personal guide to go out with you on the trails.
- ADA access fishing pier at the Davis Ponds.
Barr Lake State Park , opens a new window
Phone number: (303) 659-6005
A major prairie reservoir is the center of this 2,715-acre park. The lake is lined with cottonwoods, marshes and aquatic plants, and its southern half has been designated as a wildlife refuge to shelter animals. This is prime place to bird watch.
- This park has Track-Chairs to borrow for free which assist visitors with limited mobility to explore designated trails within the park.
- This lake has a nice scenic walk around it with some parts of the Lake Perimeter Trail being ADA accessible.
Roxborough State Park , opens a new window
Phone number: (303) 973-3959
About a half hour outside of Denver this state park is almost 4,000 acres filled with beautiful rock formations and a variety of wildlife ranging from black bears to deer.
- Roxborough offers a free naturalist guided tour in a five-passenger electric golf cart, a "Rox Ride, opens a new window", around the park.
National Parks in Colorado
Here is a blog I wrote awhile back that you may also be interested in. These are national parks around the state that have some accessibility features and beautiful scenery as well.
Please feel free to share in the comments accessible friendly places you love to go to for fresh air outside of the city. Happy trails!