a group of people posing around a person with an adaptive wheelchair, specifically designed to assist with hiking the trails of southern colorado

July 5, 2023 – El Paso County Division of Parks & Recreation has been nationally recognized for its achievements and development of The Trailability Program. The Program received a Universal Accessibility Award from the National Association of County and Park Officials (NACPRO) and an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards recognize unique and exceptional programs and honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

“El Paso County values the right of every individual to explore, engage, and celebrate the beauty of our parks and open spaces,” said Todd Marts, El Paso County Executive Director of Parks & Community Services. “I am proud that our team is the regional leader in accessibility to outdoor recreation.”

The El Paso County Trailability Program provides accessible outdoor recreational opportunities to individuals with limited mobility while preserving and protecting the natural resources within El Paso County parks and open spaces. The Program is available to the community at no cost. The Trailability Program operates at the Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers. Reservations are required. The Program utilizes Terrain Hoppers, battery-operated vehicles that are quiet and gentle, preserving and protecting El Paso County’s natural resources.

To learn more about The Trailability Program and to request reservations, visit https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/trailability/