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End the Summer Outside with these Accessible Hikes

September 14, 2018

Winter is coming - but there's still time to get outside and enjoy late summer and fall in the foothills and mountains. Knowing if a trail is accessible before you go is critical to planning recreational activities after a spinal cord injury or brain injury. Check out some of these local accessible destinations for your next outing in Colorado.

Mount Evans

Ranking in as the 14th tallest fourteener, Mount Evans is one of Colorado’s most iconic views and has a road that takes you to a trail just a few hundred feet shy of the summit. You are also likely to see both bighorn sheep and mountain goats along the way. While the distance is short, keep in mind you are at a much higher altitude.

Fish Creek Falls

At just a quarter-mile long, the gravel trail to the base of Fish Creek Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the Yampa Valley. Those in wheelchairs or traveling with strollers can take a paved half-mile path from the trailhead to the falls overlook. The iconic 280-foot waterfall is a must-see destination during your visit to Steamboat.

Bear Lake Trail

This beautiful hike .8 mile loop in Rocky Mountain National Park is a great excuse to get outdoors. About 2 hours away from Denver, this hike takes you around a beautiful lake in the epicenter of Rocky Mountain National Park on a hard packed gravel trail. Plan to visit early to avoid crowds.

Fountain Valley Trail

The Fountain Valley trail is is a 2.3-mile hike in Roxborough State Park that features the iconic red rock formations. The trail is on a dirt road and does not qualify for ADA designation but can be accessible with assistance. The park also operates its own motorized shuttle that takes up to seven passengers around the trail as well.

Perkins Central Golden Trail

Beginning at the main parking lot, the Perkins Central Golden Trail is an easy, 1.5-mile roundtrip over a concrete foot path, with less than a 30 foot rise. The loop is in the heart of the park at the base of the highest rock formations and is wheelchair and stroller accessible.