Recreation Resources

Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, administers 258 million surface acres of America's public lands, located primarily in 12 Western States. The BLM sustains the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Bureau of Reclamation
Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River.

National Alliance on Accessible Golf
The National Alliance on Accessible Golf, which is comprised of leading golf organizations and several universities, promotes and provides information on accessible golf.

National Center on Accessibility
The Center is a cooperative project between the National Park Service and Indiana University to provide information and technical assistance, primarily on recreation access.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
The Center provides information and resources on physical activity to help people with disabilities find ways to become more active and healthier. The Center also provides information on how to provide access to fitness centers, schools, recreation facilities, camps, and health and leisure services.

National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. This site includes a section, "National Parks: Accessible to Everyone," that provides information on locating accessible trails, programs, activities, and other features at national park units nationwide.

National Recreation and Park Association
NRPA is a national, non-profit service organization dedicated to advancing parks, recreation and environmental efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.
This site offers a single point of access to information on all types of recreational opportunities and reservations on Federal lands. It is designed to provide a customer-friendly recreation portal for planning visits to Federal recreation sites and making campground/tour reservations.

Removing Barriers to Health Clubs and Fitness Facilities (PDF Publication)
The North Carolina Office on Disability and Health, in collaboration with the Center for Universal Design, has developed a guide on removing barriers to access in health clubs and fitness facilities which provides information on accommodating persons with disabilities and older adults.

Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian is committed to enlarging our shared understanding of the mosaic that is our national identity by providing authoritative experiences that connect us to our history and our heritage as Americans and to promoting innovation, research and discovery in science. These commitments have been central to the Smithsonian since its founding more than 155 years ago.

Wilderness Inquiry
Wilderness Inquiry is a non-profit organization that focuses on getting people from all walks of life to personally experience the natural world. Wilderness Inquiry conducted a study for the Departments of Agriculture and Interior on ways to improve access for persons with disabilities to outdoor recreational opportunities made available to the public.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The United States Army Corps of Engineers is the steward of the lands and waters at Corps water resources projects. Its Natural Resources Management mission is to manage and conserve those natural resources, consistent with the ecosystem management principles, while providing quality public outdoor recreation experiences to serve the needs of present and future generations. This site is your gateway to recreation opportunities at Corps lands and waters.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service has developed accessibility guidelines to provide guidance for the agency to maximize accessibility while at the same time recognizing and protecting the unique characteristics of the natural setting of outdoor recreation areas and hiker/pedestrian trails. These guidelines apply to new or reconstructed areas within the National Forest System.

U.S. Golf Association (USGA)
USGA's Resource Center for Individuals with Disabilities was created to help make golf more accessible to individuals with disabilities. The Resource Center provides information of interest to potential or current golfers with disabilities and is funded and managed by the USGA in partnership with other national organizations.