Yellowstone National Park
|Frozen lake near Mary Bay, Yellowstone National Park (Frank Walker/courtesy, National Park Service)|
Facilities in Yellowstone are being made physically accessible as quickly as possible within funding limitations. Most facilities described in this guide have been judged to be negotiable by wheelchair users without assistance. Those facilities that require assistance for wheelchair users are indicated. Facilities described as accessible do not necessarily comply fully with federal standards. Some accessible facilities are not marked with the international symbol. Your comments on accessibility are appreciated and should be directed to the Accessibility Coordinator, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 82190. Phone: 307-344-2018.
Golden Access Passport
Blind and permanently disabled persons can obtain a Golden Access Passport. This is a free, lifetime entrance pass to federal parks, historic sites, and recreation areas that charge entrance fees. The Golden Access Passport admits the permit holder and any accompanying passengers in a single and private vehicle. It can be obtained from any visitor center or entrance station. Discounts are also given on federal use fees charged for camping, boat launching, etc. It does not cover fees charged by private concessionaires.
Accessible restrooms with sinks and flush toilets are located at all developed areas except West Thumb and Norris. Accessible vault toilets are found at West Thumb, Norris, most scenic areas, and picnic areas. They are recognized as small brown/gray concrete buildings, each housing a single toilet.
Accessible accommodations are found at Canyon, Grant Village, Old Faithful, and Lake. Call TW Recreational Services at 303-297-2757 for lodging information and reservations. Lodging registration personnel are prepared to assist you in obtaining accessible accommodations.
For the handicapped visitor with a self-contained recreational vehicle, accessible camping can be found in any campground. The RV Park at Fishing Bridge provides full hookup sites and accessible flush toilets. Madison (Site #5), Canyon (Site #270), and Grant (Site #B46) have an accessible campsite and a flush toilet. These sites can be reserved in advance by calling 303-297-2757. Indian Creek, Lewis Lake, Tower Fall, Slough Creek, and Pebble Creek have accessible vault toilets. Slough Creek Campground has a fully accessible campsite.
Accessible showers are available at the Grant Village lodging units and Old Faithful Lodge. Accessible showers are available for guests at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel.
In Discover Yellowstone, a publication available during the summer months throughout the park, accessible ranger-led activities are indicated. There are many accessible roadside interpretive exhibits throughout the park.
West Park Medical Services, the concessioner that provides medical services in Yellowstone National Park, has rental wheelchairs available at their medical facilities located in Mammoth, Lake, and Old Faithful.
Accessible Fishing Site
There is an accessible fishing ramp and platform on the Madison River at the Mt. Haynes Overlook. This site is situated approximately 3.5 miles west (downstream) of Madison Junction or ten miles east of the West Entrance Station.
There is an accessible backcountry campsite at Ice Lake. The site can be reached from the trailhead located approximately three miles east of Norris Junction or ten miles west of Canyon. The site is situated about one-half mile from the trailhead on an accessible backcountry trail. This site is reserved for those with disabilities, parents with children under six years of age, and adults over 62 years of age. Call the NPS Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 for information and to make reservations at this site.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication