Utah is nationally and internationally known for its beautiful national parks. The state is full of scenic beauty. From the majestic foundations that are in the Arches National Park to the expansive canyons and Bryce Canyon hoodoos, there is certainly no shortage of wonders in the state that is affectionately known as the ‘Beehive State’.
When first glancing at the rugged terrain of the state, it appears that it is not accessible to individuals who have mobility issues. However, there are a number of options that are barrier free that have been unveiled.
Although not every attraction, trail or outdoor area in Utah is accessible by those who are mobility impaired, there are some locations that are good options for those who are wheelchair bound or are slower walkers.
Snow Canyon Park
This is a state park that is one of the most popular ones in the state. It is located almost 50 miles west of a national park, Zion National Park. This proximity makes it an excellent attraction for those who live in the St. George area.
There is a three-mile trail called Whiptail Trail. This trail begins at the entrance of the park and goes along the base of the canyon. It ends at the picnic area called Upper Galoot. Whiptail Trail is wide, leveled and paved. This is why this park is a great choice for those who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes or are slow walkers.
The shaded picnic area has a table that is accessible and a restroom and water fountain in the Lower Galoot area.
Newspaper Rock is located about 20 miles from the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park’s entrance. However, Newspaper Rock is worth the stop if you are visiting the park. The rock is not only located directly off of Highway 211, it also possesses an impressive collection of prehistoric petroglyphs.
Accessible pit toilets and parking are both available in the lot. This lot is also paved. From there, dirt trails that are covered in crushed granite leads to the panel of petroglyphs. The trail is only 30 feet long, and it is completely level. This makes it easier for almost anyone to access.
So, the next time you are planning a drive through the Beehive State, do not let your mobility impairment stop you from exploring the state. There are many natural and scenic wonders that are majestic and accessible for all visitors.