This spring, the Utah Office of Tourism has launched a new guide to Accessible Utah, featuring a range of resources available to disabled travelers, including airport and car rental facilities, American Disability Act (ADA) campsites and trails, and a selection of activites and attractions. The guide will take you to the state's accessible national and state parks, prime attractions in the area, and local non-profit organizations specializing in adaptive recreation adventures.
With five national parks, 43 state parks and two national recreation areas, Utah's outdoor landscape includes the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest. Among the ongoing education programs and partnerships the Utah Office of Tourism has with ADA organizations, SPLORE, Wasatch Adaptive Sports at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort and the Salt Lake Country Parks & Recreation Adaptive Program caught our eye.
In Salt Lake City, non-profit organization SPLORE offers rafting, indoor and outdoor rock climbing and canoeing, alongside Nordic skiing, hiking, camping and specialized group trips. Also in the capital of Utah, Wasatch Adaptive Sports at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort specializes in winter programs, including skiing, snowshoeing and sled hockey, tram rides to 11,000-foot mountain views and alpine slides, as well as zip lines and a barrier-free trail for wheelchair and hand-cycling access. Year-round, in Midvale, the Salt Lake Country Parks & Recreation Adaptive Program features activities ranging from sports and fitness to social programs. We like the annual Special Olympics, Saturday night dances and theater program.For more information, visit www.visitutah.com or call (800) 200-1160 or (801) 538-1900.