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3 days in Yellowstone

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3 days in Yellowstone

We will be spending 3 days at Yellowstone staying at the old Faithful Inn. My husband is handicapped and needs a wheelchair to travel distances. He is able to walk short distances. My question is what are good areas to visit? I have been doing a lot of research but need more advice. We will be traveling at the end of June.

Edited: 23 April 2010, 02:16
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1. Re: 3 days in Yellowstone

The Old Faithful area has a lot of boardwalks and paved trails that are wheelchair friendly. If you haven't checked out the National Park Services website for Yellowstone Park please do so. They have a specific link for handicapped accessibility issues.

nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

Good Luck in your planning.

Deb

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2. Re: 3 days in Yellowstone

Have you seen this very helpful page from the YNP website?

nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

Plus, as you drive around you'll find many pullouts/viewpoints. This is especially true in the Lamar and Hayden Valleys where wildlife is often observed (as well as on the road). So, if you see lots of people (and there is a parking spot), pull in. Inquire what they are seeing or you'll see it yourselves.

If you see folks with spotting scopes or long camera lenses, ask of them, as well. The former are almost always pleased to provide a look.

If a viewpoint is too crowded, continue to another less crowded one. The view might be the same but provides a different angle. It might be more comfortable for your husband to leave the car, set up the wheel chair, and just sit, enjoy the scenery, observe the wildlife.

Suggest that you have a cooler for beverages/snacks, etc. so you can stay on site or the road longer w/o having to return to the commercial areas to dine.

Handicap restrooms are provided throughout the park if such are needed.

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3. Re: 3 days in Yellowstone

Whoops, great minds and all that, Deb.

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My wife is sort of in the same boat. Wheelchair for anything other than short distances. Only places at Yellowstone we noticed any issue were at Yellowstone Falls (viewpoints either had very steep paths or some steps) and Mammoth Hot Springs upper terraces areas where boarwalk ended in some wood stairs. The handicap restrooms in the HQ building involves taking an elevator up to the offices where they are wheelchair accessible. Also when things are busy the popular sites tend to have all the handicap parking places already taken so we've had to resort to "drop off" mode. But all the newer visitor centers are ADA compliant and very good to get around in.

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