Explore Utah on your Mobility Scooter (Part 1) – The Great UT Outdoors!
There are so many amazing places to visit in Utah that are wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible. What are you waiting for?
When it comes to sightseeing and entertainment in general, Utah has so much to offer wheelchair and mobility scooter users. Are you tempted to take in the sights of Salt Lake City? Have you always wanted to explore Utah’s breathtakingly beautiful “Mighty Five” national parks? Well, there’s absolutely nothing to stop you! Load your mobility scooter onto your vehicle and go make some memories.…
As there’s so much to do across Utah and Salt Lake City for mobility scooter users, we’ve decided to explore the State in two series of blog posts: “The Great UT Outdoors” and “UT in the City”. Let’s get scootering!
“The Mighty Five” by mobility scooter
If you love the great outdoors and being one with nature, you’ll never want to leave Utah. The State boasts five stunning National Parks that have to be seen to be believed. Plus, you’ll be ecstatic to hear that all five parks are friendly to mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
Zion National Park
Located close to the bustling town of Springdale, Zion National Park is one of the most popular National Parks in Utah. The park caters for people with disabilities by providing: frequent tourist shuttle buses that are equipped to carry wheelchairs to, from and around the park; a Visitor Center that features an easily accessible gift shop, cafe and accessible restrooms; accessible campsites and picnic areas; and, interesting lectures from Zion Park Rangers.
Although, you can choose to shuttle around the park on a ranger-led tour bus, there are two accessible trails at Zion National Park that the more adventurous will definitely want to try. The paved Pa’rus trail is accessible from the Visitor’s Center and offers 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of wheelchair friendly trail. The shadier Riverwalk Trail presents more of a challenge to wheelchair users though. This trail is quite steep in parts and can be sandy due to erosion. Although Riverwalk Trail is paved, an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter may be the wiser choice, over a man-powered wheelchair.
Bryce Canyon National Park
The ruggedly beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park has a lot to offer wheelchair and mobility scooter users. There are designated disabled parking spots dotted around the park and Bryce also provides a great, wheelchair-friendly shuttle service. The regular shuttles can carry two wheelchairs and will take you to the must-visit places in the Park. As with Zion National Park, you can stay on the shuttle bus or hop on and off to explore and take photos.
The Rim Trail is a good choice if you like to explore by foot or by wheelchair/ mobility scooter. Access the trail from Sunset Point and make your way along the Canyon Rim – make sure you have your camera at the ready for the stunning vistas!
More mobility scooter tips for the “Mighty Five” next time …
There’s so much to do and see at Utah’s “Mighty Five” National Parks. In our next post, we’ll be looking at what Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park have to offer visitors on mobility scooters, in wheelchairs and those who cannot walk for long distances.