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One of the best features of Yellowstone is its accessibility for wheelchair and scooter users. The park allows motorized wheelchairs, scooters and service animals. In fact, Yellowstone has miles of accessible trails to walk or roll on. Other accessibility features include devices and services for low vision, blind, hard of hearing and deaf individuals.
Old Faithful Geyser is the most popular destination in Yellowstone. At Old Faithful you will find miles of accessible paved or wooden paths for sightseeing. Once you have parked in the parking lot, there is a ramped deck walkway that surrounds Old Faithful with plenty of seating to sit and watch the next eruption. With miles of accessible ramps and paved road, wheelchair users can easily go and view hot springs, rivers, mud pits and more geysers.
Most of the paths
or trails in the park have ramps and are designed for the safety purposes of everyone. The
natural underground water from geysers makes it too dangerous in some places to
walk on the soil, hence Yellowstone's extensive elevated wood planked paths.
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Yellowstone also offers accessible camping sites. Each site has at least one and up to five accessible camping spots. If camping in a tent isn’t for you there are accessible hotels or cabins in Yellowstone. You might have to call ahead to make sure you can reserve an accessible room. The Dunraven and Cascade lodges are just two of the many options for hotels or cabins to stay in.
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Yellowstone offers films that include assistive listening devices and closed captioning. Some of the films have audio descriptions available as well.
In addition, if you call ahead and make arrangements three weeks in advance, they will provide sign language interpreters at the ranger stations for you. Finally, the park newspaper is available in Braille and large print for the public at the visitor centers.
If you would like to travel to a national park, go to the National Park Service website to view and read about all of the different national parks that the U.S. offers. Once you find the park that you would like to visit, click on "plan your visit" and look for the accessibility options. For Yellowstone they have a PDF file that you can view online or download and print out called Accessibility in Yellowstone. This guide breaks down the different park attractions and the accessibility of each area within the park.
With their accessibility features –and some study and preparation in advance—Yellowstone and other National Parks do allow individuals with disabilities to get out into the wilderness and enjoy nature .