Moab is the home to three amazing parks with so much to see from a wheelchair! We spent two and a half days here and hit all of these parks and the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail which if you have kids is a great stop! A wheelchair friendly trail circles the park with life size dinosaur replicas and there is a little playground and a swing that Robbie would have loved if he wasn’t napping.
iArches National Park
We spent about half a day at Arches National Park and did the following stops. Balanced Rock has a flat paved trail that is short and perfect for all abilities! There are some stairs at the top if you wanted to get closer but it absolutely isn’t necessary. Park Avenue Viewpoint has a Short paved path to viewpoint and is absolutely worth the stop! Panorama Point has great wide view and is easily accessed. Double Arch Trail is a flat hard packed dirt trail to the base of a beautiful double arch (hence the name) this was our favorite! Delicate Arch Viewpoint is right next to the parking lot and there is a view in the distance of the infamous Delicate Arch. I like to print a list like this before I enter a park then bring a marker and circle all of the trails I have found that we can do. This way you know what is coming next and if it worth a stop based on your needs.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park is unbelievably underrated. I mean that in the best way. Do not skip this one; it is like a mini Grand Canyon! The Island in the Sky district is the most accessible and has many pull overs with scenic overlooks that are a short walk from ADA parking. One trail that we loved was Mesa Arch, this trail is not wheelchair friendly but at only .5 miles it was short enough to carry Robbie in his Kinderpack! We spent one full day in this district and then driving Shafer Trail to Potash Road. This trail is has sheer cliff drop offs and spectacular views. A few warnings, we did it in our Tundra but don’t recommend vehicles that big because we took up most of the road and the switchbacks were not fun in a big truck. 4X4 wasn’t absolutely necessary but you definitely need high clearance. We saw a lot of jeep rentals taking this path so that may be an option. Personally we love scenic drives because they are accessible to anyone in your vehicle! I am attaching two YouTube videos below, one highlights Canyonlands and all of our photos of the trails I mentioned above and the other is strictly the scenic drive down Shafer trail.
Dead Horse State Park
We did this the day we got to Moab, it only took a few hours and we made it right before sunset. The views overlook the trail I mentioned that starts in Canyonlands and there is a wonderful wheelchair accessible sidewalk behind the visitor center.
I truly hope this helps you plan your accessible trip to Moab Utah, please leave a comment if you have any questions or if you plan to visit!
Just a medically complex Mom trying to show my family the world and help you do the same.
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Kristy here, special needs mom and travel enthusiast. I hope this blog guides you to get out into nature no matter your abilities.