ABCs of Accessible Trails: Wisconsin & Wyoming

Editor's Note: This is the seventeenth (and final!) post in our ABCs of Accessible Trails series, which details the best accessible trails in State and National Parks across the country. Take a look at our previous posts for more: Alabama, Alaska, ArizonaArkansas, Colorado, CaliforniaConnecticut, Delaware, FloridaGeorgia, Hawaii, IdahoIllinois, Indiana, Iowa Kansas, Kentucky, and LouisianaMichigan, Minnesota, MississipiMissouri, Montana, NebraskaNevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North CarolinaNorth Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma,, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia

The America the Beautiful Pass, otherwise known as the The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, is a free lifetime pass available to US citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability.  Passes can be obtained via phone, online, or in person at any of these recreation sites.


Wisconsin

Kettle Moraine State Forest

"The hills and valleys of Kettle Moraine South have a great variety of natural habitats, plants and animals, including many rare species. You may see or hear coyotes, red foxes, sandhill cranes and Cooper's hawks. The 3,500-acre Scuppernong River Habitat Area is the largest wet prairie east of the Mississippi River."
-http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kms/nature.html

Kettle Moraine State Park has nature trails for all abilities! They even offer canoeing trails if a water adventure is more to your liking.

Mirror Lake State Park

"Mirror Lake is surrounded by pine and oak woods and beyond there are sandy prairies and former farm fields that are now rich natural wild flowers, shrubs and trees . . . Many kinds of wildlife are abundant and easily observed . . . The marshes, fields, open woodlands, lakeshore and steep valleys are home for different types of bird life. Walking quietly, stopping often, listening and watching carefully are the best ways to view wildlife. Be sure to bring your binoculars!"
-http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/mirrorlake/nature.html

In Mirror Lake State Park, Echo Rock Trail is classified as paved and accessible. However, there are a wide variety of nature trails available to people at all ability levels. Go explore on your own, or ask a ranger what they might recommend.

Bearskin State Trail

"Few places in the world have more lakes per square mile than Oneida and Vilas counties. The lakes were formed by glaciers that melted and retreated north during the last Ice Age. Thirteen trestles cross the lakes and streams along the trail. The lakes of the Minocqua area are well known for their fishing."
-http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/bearskin/

"Named for the Bearskin Creek the trail follows, this 18-mile former railroad corridor is an opportunity to experience the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The railroad line was built to export white pine logs from the forests of northern Wisconsin to the cities of the Midwest . . . The Northern Highland - American Legion (NH-AL) is nearby and offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking, bicycling, snowmobiling, canoeing, bird watching, fishing and hunting."
-http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/bearskin/


Wyoming

Devils Tower National Monument

"An astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills, this site is considered sacred to the Northern Plains Indians and other tribes. Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas in North America. Devils Tower entices us to explore and define our place in the natural and cultural world."
-https://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm

This National Park has an ongoing project to make all areas accessible. Currently, the 1.3 mile trail which circles around the base of Devils Tower is paved, though it is described as steep. They advise visitors to use their own judgement when attempting the trail. Campsites and visitor center activities are also accessible.

Grand Teton National Park

"Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place."
-https://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm

Grand Teton National Park was a wide variety of trails available to visitors of all abilities! The park also allows any type of assistive device on trails, so you can explore far and wide!

Yellowstone National Park

"Visit Yellowstone and experience the world's first national park. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. Explore mountains, forests, and lakes to watch wildlife and witness the drama of the natural world unfold. Discover the history that led to the conservation of our national treasures 'for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.' "
-https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

Because of it's popularity, most walkways and self-guiding trails in Yellowstone National Park have at least one wheelchair-accessible walkway. Yellowstone even allows motorized accessibility vehicles in the back country, opening up a great deal of area for those with mobility impairments. The motorized vehicle must meet certain guidelines, which can be found HERE.