Outdoor Recreation Programs

Able Outdoors is dedicated to helping our readers locate the resources they need to keep them active in the outdoors.  Below is a list of programs and organizations specializing in adaptive outdoor recreational activities.  Please help us continue to add to this list by sending us any information on resources not included here by submitting program listings to our CONTACT page.


Telluride Adaptive Sports Program – CO – Highly trained staff & volunteers serve to enrich the lives of people of all ages & disabilities by providing educational and recreational activities year-round. Although highly recognized for their adaptive ski program, they also offer a variety of other winter sports including: Alpine & Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice climbing. In the summer, they offer rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, 4×4 tours, and more. They organize trips to remote destinations like Alaska & Chile, and they conduct special camps for Advanced Adapted Skiers, Special Olympics, and Disabled Veterans. Scholarships are available. Contact TASP at 970-728-5010 or TASP@TellurideAdaptiveSports.org.


Specialized Outdoor Adventure Recreation (SOAR) – CA – Founded in 2012, this is a year-round adapted outdoor program for active adults with special needs and challenging abilities. They offer adventure recreation activities including:  standup paddling, sailing, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, ocean safety, swim conditioning, water exercise therapy, hiking, camping, fishing, backpacking, team building, challenge courses, zip lining, climbing, horseback trail riding, cycling, skating, and outdoor fitness conditioning. (Some activities require different levels of ambulatory ability.) They also can design specific classes, camps, or private lessons. Fees range from $35 – $200.  Contact Pam Patterson at 949-291-8100 or pam@soarclub.us.


Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation – CO – Serving athletes of all ages in Colorado who live with a physical disability. They provide financial support, coaching, mentoring and organizational support to individuals wanting to participate in organized team sports programs. Current programs include sled hockey, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball, and wheelchair tennis. Assist with development at all levels from basic instruction to high level competition including Paralympic level.  Contact Corey Fairbanks at 303-523-8160 or corey@coloradoadaptivesports.org.