Enjoy Adaptive Outdoor Recreation in the Mighty 5

Southern Utah is filled with an array of outdoor experiences from epic trails to nighttime stargazing. If you or a member of your travel group require certain accommodations to explore the area, we have gathered some helpful resources and ideas for trip planning.

Here are our top picks for activities and guides:

Mighty 5 Trails

  • Arches National Park – The red-rock wonderland of over 2,000 natural stone arches and soaring rock formations has three trails – Devil’s Garden Trail, Windows Trail, and Double Arch Trail – that are barrier-free. Make sure to check the park page as weather or seasonal conditions may affect the trail quality (e.g., minor obstacles or temporary washouts). In addition, an audio tour and large-print and broiled publications are available at the visitor center.Screen Shot 2021-05-31 at 10.38.45 AM
  • Bryce Canyon National Park – Another Mighty Five park, in close proximity to Zennest, includes trails that are paved and shorter distances, including Mossy Cave, Rim Trail, and Queen’s Garden. Sunset to Sunrise Points and Bristlecone Loop are both wheelchair-accessible with amazing views of the park’s iconic hoodoos and amphitheaters.
  • Capitol Reef National Park – This park mostly features sand and gravel surface trails — Capitol Gorge, Goose Necks, Grand Wash, and Sunset Point. If you want to explore the historical petroglyphs in the park, they are accessible by a boardwalk along Utah Highway 24.
  • Zion National Park – Zion National Park trails include easier, paved routes including the Lower Emerald Pool Trail and Grotto Trail. Wind along the Virgin River on wheelchair-accessible Pa’rus Trail and Riverside Walk.

Adaptive Adventuring

  • Adrift Adventures – Tour the Moab region in a raft, jeep, or kayak.
  • Holiday River Expeditions – A variety of rafting trips along Utah’s iconic waterways by experienced river outfitters.
  • Common Ground Outdoor Adventures (CGOA) – CGOA is a non-profit organization that helps increase the accessibility of outdoor recreation and discovers creative new ways to access wild places. CGOA’s summer activities include cycling, rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, nature-based crafts and activities, yoga, and hiking. 

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