Bear Creek’s Visually Impaired Persons Trail
Bear Creek Nature Center is also home to a V.I.P. (visually impaired persons) Trail that was unveiled in 2023. Visitors with varying visual impairments can now better experience nature and the existing Songbird Trail. The trail section is a flat, wide boardwalk with interpretive signs along the way with information about flora and fauna found along the trail. A braided rope guides users to interactive signs, prompting the use of a Pen Friend audio device that reads signs aloud to users. The V.I.P. trail is open to the public during park hours, is free and does not require reservations. However, the Pen Friends are only available during Bear Creek Nature Center hours.
CityROCK Adaptive Climbing Team
CityROCK, an indoor rock-climbing gym in Downtown Colorado Springs, has an adaptive climbing team. The team is for people with physical, emotional, social and/or cognitive disabilities who are eager to try something new. Volunteers and coaches provide climbers with one-on-one time to promote skill development. This program requires registration in advance. You can find additional information, including costs and dates, here.
City of COS Parks Track Chair Program
In spring 2024, Colorado Springs is expanding its accessible trail offerings with the addition of two trackchairs. The off-road wheelchairs will help people get outside who otherwise would miss out due to mobility challenges. Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services will make the electric trackchairs free to reserve in 2024. The city will provide free training on how to operate the chairs, and park rangers will be around to assist during the reservation period. The program’s offering will start at Red Rock Canyon Open Space and hopes to expand into other parks.
El Paso County’s Trailability Program
Currently two of El Paso County’s Nature Centers (Bear Creek and Fountain Creek) offer free reservations for a TerrainHopper. These off-road mobility devices allow wheelchair users to traverse the park trails accompanied by a trained volunteer. From 1 mile to 3 miles, the trails will take participants through the varying foothills and wetland habitats. Participation is entirely free, and reservations for 2024 will be offered May 1 – October 31 at both Nature Centers.
iFLY Colorado Springs
iFLY's All Abilities Program offers those with physical or cognitive disabilities the opportunity to indoor skydive. They offer proper accommodations for specific disabilities with a highly-trained, world-class iFLY instructor.
Sunflower Program at the Colorado Springs Airport
The Colorado Springs Airport is a proud participant in the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program. This international program helps individuals with hidden disabilities discreetly inform others through the display of a Sunflower printed lanyard. The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower indicates to airport employees and patrons that a person may need additional time, assistance or patience. There are no prerequisites or costs for asking for a lanyard.
To plan the perfectly accessible trip to Colorado Springs, make sure to check out our listings on Wheel the World. Each listing features all of the comprehensive accessibility information you may need to plan an outing – from the weight of the door to nearby service dog relief areas.