Adaptive Recreation - National Ability Center

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Join us for entry-level through advanced adaptive recreation programs! You’ll be paired with instructors who are trained to work with people of all abilities with vast knowledge in adaptive equipment and teaching methods. Whether you just want to try something new or are an athlete aspiring to compete, we want to help you conquer challenges and develop skills and discover the therapeutic benefits of a full and active lifestyle.

At the National Ability Center, adaptive equipment is available for all programs so that regardless of your disability, you can access a wide variety of recreation. Ask us about the private, semi-private, family and group programs available. Both individuals with disabilities and their support network (family, friends, caregivers) are welcome.

For questions, please contact us at 435.649.3991 or email


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Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding

Come ski or ride with us at Park City Mountain, Deer Valley Resort, Brighton or Solitude! All instructors are specially-trained in adaptive techniques for 3-Track, 4-Track, Mono-Ski, Bi-Ski and guiding skiers who are blind. Our instructors are also well-versed in techniques to teach individuals with intellectual disabilities and individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired.

Our goal? To get you skiing or riding independently with friends and families. Instructors can  provide training for friends and family in adaptive techniques, so they can assist as needed. You’ll be fitted with adaptive equipment prior to your lesson. Once you’re comfortable you can rent equipment to use on your own!



Learn to swim, discover water safety and develop swimming skills with our year-round aquatics program. With the help of trained volunteers and adaptive instructors, we provide high-quality and affordable swimming lessons and any necessary adaptive equipment. Swimming is an excellent all-around exercise and a great way to strengthen the core!



The National Ability Center provides archery lessons on-site at the Easton Family Archery Pavilion. Archers learn equipment terminology, proper shooting form and aligning techniques. If you have always wanted to try archery, this is the place. Friends and family are welcome to join lessons for a fun group activity.



Biathlon is an exhilarating sport, which requires a certain level of fitness and steady aim. The sport typically consists of alternating Nordic style skiing and rifle shooting while on a trail or course. This is a great activity for improved fitness and concentration.


challengeChallenge Course

The National Ability Center’s challenge course lends itself to multifaceted experiential learning, suitable for a wide range of individuals and abilities. Clients have included families, corporate retreats, school groups, agencies and camps. There are many potential levels of challenge, and all can be customized to the individual client’s goals. Many challenges use the high ropes course, which can test strength and agility. Other challenges, such as low elements and team building activities, are geared toward discovering a team’s ability to work together in addition to teaching leadership skills. At the National Ability Center, we give each participant the opportunity to “discover his or her abilities”, this paradigm is applied to all activities available through our challenge course and teaching elements.

Join us for a group Open Climb, or schedule your own group of friends or family!

Aug 11 – Open Climb
Aug 25 – Full Moon Climb
Sept 8 – Open Climb
Oct6 – Open Climb

Register Online or call for more information.


cyclingCycling & Mountain Biking

Discover freedom and independence on a bike!  Join us for adaptive cycling and mountain biking in a safe, controlled environment to develop physical fitness, confidence, socialization and independence while having fun. Riders of all abilities can enjoy mainstream participation in the sport that provides recreational opportunities for a lifetime. Our rides are customized towards an individual’s specific goals, needs and ability level to allow growth and enjoyment for all participants. 

Terrain selection ranges from road, to bike paths, to hard packed gravel, and even single-track mountain bike trails. Each ride plan is tailored to the individual offering an exciting and challenging experience. 

Our extensive selection of cycles including typical and adaptive varieties ensure enjoyment for all and promote ability awareness. As with other types of adaptive equipment at the National Ability Center, once a participant has been fitted and is comfortable using the equipment, it may be signed out for personal use for a rental fee. 



New in 2016, this program offers the opportunity for teens with differing physical and cognitive abilities to join their high school’s mainstream cycling team! Learn more about this program, which is offered in partnership with the Utah High School Cycling League at:

climbingRock Climbing

Whether you are looking for an outdoor adaptive climbing day trip or to hone new skills indoors, we offer a variety of rock climbing programs in Salt Lake City at Momentum Millcreek, Momentum Sandy, the Cottonwood Canyons and at our Park City Ranch. In Park City, our 32-foot climbing wall can accommodate climbers of all ability levels from beginner to advanced. With seven separate top ropes and a variety of angles to climb, there are plenty of opportunities for personal challenge. Whether you want to simply “boulder” close to the ground or scramble up to the top and enjoy the view, our wall has a climb for you. Trained professionals guide your climb and use quality safety gear to make it a safe and enjoyable experience.

The Park City climbing wall is available for groups to host fun, inclusive events for children and adults of all abilities. We welcome birthday parties, staff retreats, family reunions, and school groups (10 person minimum). In Salt Lake, we also offer an Indoor Climbing Club and Open Adventure Climbs, where you can join a group of like-minded individuals, make adaptive climbing buddies and train to progress your climbing skills.


RockOn! Climbing Program

This 8 week mentor-based indoor rock climbing program has been specifically designed for youth with disabilities and their siblings. Rock On! was initially designed by our Splore adventure programs for children with autism spectrum disorders, and is now open to any child and young adult with a disability, as well as their siblings. This program features one-on-one attention and encouragement that allows each participant to climb at their own pace.

RockOn! Summer Session 1:   5/23-7/18 Momentum Sandy
RockOn! Summer Session 2: 8/1-9/19 Momentum Millcreek
RockOn! Fall Session: 10/3-11/21 Momentum Sandy


Climb Outside!

Learn about Adaptive Outdoor Climbing with our Splore Adventure Programs!

skiNordic Skiing

Nordic skiing gives individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities and their families a chance to participate in an exciting activity together, regardless of the skill level. Smooth aerobic movements and fresh mountain air will fill you with a sense of freedom and exhilaration. Beginners to experts can glide on groomed trails around the National Ability Center’s facility. We provide both sit and stand equipment based on each individual’s needs. Nordic skiing is well known as an excellent cross training sport for building upper body strength or to simply enjoy the beautiful winter landscapes.


hockeySled Hockey

Sled Hockey is a high-energy, rowdy and incredibly fast-paced game. It is similar to standard hockey in every way except equipment. Instead of standing up to skate, participants sit on their skates using an adaptive device known as a sled, which is affixed with two skate blades and a runner in the front to form a tripod. Participants use two shortened hockey sticks with a blade on one end and a pick on the other, which allows them to propel themselves across the ice. Hard checking, elevated puck shooting and 60-mile an hour slap shots are as much a part of sled hockey as they are in “stand-up” hockey.



Enjoy a winter hike in the fresh mountain air from the stable base of snowshoes. Take in peaceful scenery while working to improve your physical fitness level, balance and spatial awareness. Snowshoeing provides participants with an activity that allows them to enjoy the great outdoors in an easy and relaxing manner.


WATERPaddle Sports

Standup Paddle boarding (SUP) is making a splash in the world of summer recreation! Sign up for SUP, canoeing or kayaking with the National Ability Center at the Jordanelle or Little Dell Reservoir. Instructors will help provide and specialized or adaptive equipement needed to ensure you have an awesome day on the water.


With a wide variety of specialized equipment and teaching methods, almost anyone with a physical and/or intellectual disability can learn to love paddle sports!


WATERWater Sports

Come make a splash in our water sports program!  Take it to the Jordan River, The Great Salt Lake or Little Dell Reservoir for some standup paddle boarding (SUP) or canoeing! Or, at Jordanelle State Park, your day can include unique and exhilarating outdoor activities like water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and other beach activities.

Our water sports boat is outfitted with quick releases, booms, two-way radios, and can be followed by personal watercraft to ensure a safe learning environment. With a wide variety of specialized equipment and teaching methods, almost anyone with a physical and/or intellectual disability can learn to water ski.


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