It’s important that everyone can enjoy our national parks. Learn more about just some of the national parks that offer accessible features, programs, and services.Less
Devils Tower National Monument is striving to make more locations accessible to people of all abilities. The park’s visitor center doorway can accommodate wheelchairs up to 35 inches wide, and curb cuts throughout the park allow access to fountains, restrooms, benches, and more. The park also offers braille and audio brochures to wayside exhibits. Enjoy accessible picnic areas, campgrounds, and a campground amphitheater! Find more information on the park’s accessible areas on their website.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is where the Blue Ridge Mountains and rushing waters of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers meet. This park is full of history, from historic buildings to Civil War battlefields. Harpers Ferry offers accessible parking spaces, wheelchairs upon request, and shuttle buses that kneel and have lifts. Many exhibits and museums have accessible entrances, and some outdoor waysides have audio descriptions. Contact the park ahead of time for more.
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects Mexico to San Francisco, and the 18th century to the 21st, with its history and wilderness. A 3-mile section of the trail located in Southern Arizona has been transformed into an accessible exhibit with hands-on, interactive elements that tell the story of the historic Anza expedition through tactile displays, music, and art. Be sure to contact the park or check their website for more information.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are known for the world’s tallest trees, which can be seen from your car or a hiking trail. A new film series details the parks’ accommodations for people with mobility impairments, and the parks’ accessibility guide – found on their website – details other accessible elements of the parks. Before you arrive, check out the NPS Sequoia & Kings Canyon’s fully accessible app.
Some of America’s oldest mountain ranges can be found at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 2021 saw the opening of a new trail that provides access for visitors of all abilities to the John Oliver Cabin. This half-mile, paved trail provides adequate space for wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Be sure to contact the park for more details on activities and accessibility.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area is an urban park that spans three counties with beautiful sites and trails. Pass among centuries-old trees or find peace in the blue waters of the Pacific during your visit. Beach wheelchairs are available on-site at Stinson, Muir, Rodeo, and Baker Beaches. If you would like to use a beach wheelchair at other sites within the park, make sure to provide at least five days advanced notice.
Great Basin National Park is home to ancient bristlecone pine trees, abundant wildlife, and limestone caverns. Unique opportunities for visitors with disabilities can be arranged, and much can be learned about the park from your vehicle and other accessible facilities. Brief tours of the first room of the cave, the Gothic Palace, are available for those unable to negotiate stairs and narrow passageways of the tour route. Participants can also be escorted by park ranger.
Explore the wonders of Point Reyes' sandy beaches, majestic waves, and otherworldly cypress trees. Some of the park’s trails feature self-guiding paved pathways to various points of interest across the park. Detailed information on the park's accessible points of interest can also be found online through the park's accessibility guide.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area boasts a spectacular landscape. The park is also deeply committed to making sites more accessible so everyone can experience the magnificence of the Canyon. For help planning your visit or to get clarification on accessibility, please call or email the Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center. Qualified service animals are allowed throughout the park and in all of the park’s facilities.
Discover the beautiful home and gardens of artist Saint-Gaudens, along with over 100 of his artworks in the galleries, from heroic public monuments to expressive portraits, and gold coins which changed the look of American coinage. For visitors who are visually impaired, please inquire at the visitor center for a list of sculptures that you may touch with a pair of curatorial gloves provided by staff.