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spore adventure programs iconIt’s time to get off the beaten path! NAC Splore adventure guides will take you away from our basecamp locations and into the wilderness. We draw from decades of experience to adapt adventures, making them accessible to people of all abilities.

Since the first river trip in 1977, Splore has been one of the pioneers in inclusive outdoor adventure. In 2017, Splore joined with the National Ability Center meaning you can sign up for a wide variety of adaptive adventure programs as well as adaptive outdoor sports, recreation and education programs all in one place!

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Adaptive River Rafting


Choose from day and overnight adaptive rafting trips on the Colorado and Green Rivers. Experience the thrills of whitewater, wildlife, ancient geology, and Native American art and dwellings as you cruise down world-class rapids in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. Questions about whether rafting is for you? Give us a call at 435.649.3991 and we’ll talk you through choosing your first trip!


Specialty River Trips

Gates of Lodore

Gates of Lodore is located on the northern tip of Dinosaur National Monument.  Here the Green River enters into deep scenic canyons with 1000 foot cliffs.  This once in a lifetime rafting adventure is  filled with incredible rapids, great hikes and beautiful beaches. 5 days and 4 nights or 4 days and 3 nights.

July 26-30    starting at $700, scholarship available.


Moab Rafting   |   Fisher Towers

This 2-day, 1-night trip offers fun rapids, amazing views and wildlife and is open to anyone 5 years of age and older!

July 7-8 (Families of Autism) $150

August 4-5   $150



Westwater Canyon is a whitewater jewel.  This stretch of the Colorado River has everything from sections of slow moving water which are optimal for wildlife viewing to fast moving whitewater thrills.  This section boasts many Class III – IV rapids like skull, Sock -it-to-me , and Hummer. 

August 29-30 (Overnight) $325
August 30 (Daytrip) $150


Ataxia Rafting Retreat  Ruby, Horsethief & Westwater

Whitewater, amazing wildlife and awesome views. Journey through the Colorado river’s amazing Ruby, Horsethief and Westwater Canyons on this amazing 5-day, 4-night trip. This trip is specialized to people with some form of ataxia, their friends and family.

June 28-July 2
Ages 12+   |   *$775


Moab Stargazing & Rafting   |   Ruby Horsethief

3 days and 2 nights through the wilderness of the Colorado River’s Ruby and Horsethief Canyons. Learn about the night sky with University of Utah astronomers at the height of the Perseid Meteor shower! 

August 11-13
Ages 5+  | *$450


Women’s Art, Yoga & Rafting   |   Ruby, Horsethief & Westwater

This specialty trip winds its way through Ruby, Horsethief and Westwater canyons on the Colorado River, over the course of 4 days and 3 nights. Throughout this journey participants will be able to take part in yoga and art instruction provided by our partners at Art Access. The last day of the trip ends with a whitewater punch as you traverse through the class IV rapids of Westwater canyon This trip is open to women of all ability levels. Price includes all food, camping equipment, and instruction.

September 3-6
Ages 5+  | *$600


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Custom River Trips


Fisher Towers

Length: 1 and 2 day options
Nearest City: Moab, UT
Class: I-III
Great for: First-timers, Families, Kids

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Westwater Canyon

Length: 1 and 2 day options
Nearest City: Cisco, UT
Class: III-IV
Great for: Experienced, Thrill-seekers, Teens and Adults

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Ruby Horsethief

Length: 2 and 3 day options
Nearest City: Loma, CO
Class: I-II
Great for: First-timers, Families, Kids, Hikers

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Gates of Lodore

Length: 4 days
Nearest City: Rangely, CO
Class: II-IV
Great for: Experienced, Scenery-lovers, Teens and Adults

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Labryinth Canyon

Length: 4 days
Nearest City: Green River, UT
Class: I-II
Great for: First-timers, Families, Kids, Canoeists, SUPers and Archaeology-buff

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Adaptive Mountain Biking


Discover Park City, one of IMBA’s first gold-level mountain bike centers! From recumbent fat tire mountain bikes to off-road hand-cycles and a wide variety of 29er mountain bikes, our guides will pair you with the right equipment to explore miles of single track trails, gravel roads and scenic wilderness. Park City’s Round Valley trail system starts just outside the doors of our ranch and features accessible trails like Down Dog and Porcu Climb built in partnership with the Mountain Trail Foundation.



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: www.utahmtb.org/elevate-program/




Outdoor Rock Climbing

Utah’s Wasatch Front is home to some of the most sought after outdoor rock climbing routes in the world, and we’re opening it up to everyone! Outdoor rock climbing is one of the fastest-growing recreational activities because it’s adaptable to all skill and comfort levels. Outdoor rock climbing is a challenging, rewarding, and exciting activity for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have El Capitan in your sights or if this is your first time on the rock, Our guides are trained to help our participants overcome their fears and enjoy the great outdoors in this relaxing and beautiful environment.  Look for our day rock climbing trips near Salt Lake City including the Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyons. You can also join multi-day adaptive rock climbing trips at City of the Rocks National Reserve in Idaho.

To get started, or hone your skills on an indoor wall during the cooler months, check out our Indoor Rock Climbing and RockOn! programs in Salt Lake City and Park City.


Big Cottonwood Canyon  | Storm Mountain

July 14 10AM-1PM




Paddle 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 equipment 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!



Open Adventures 

Join a group of like-minded adventurer’s in one of our Open Adventures! Whether you come by yourself or bring friends and family, open adventures are great ways to explore new areas, meet new adventure partners and just have a good time. Financial aid available upon request for all open adventure programs. Choose a day or overnight adventure.


Day Adventures


Outdoor Rock Climbing

$50 per person, registration available online

July 14, 10am – 1pm

Big Cottonwood Canyon – Storm Mtn.

Enjoy a day of climbing with friends and family! Participants meet at the Big Cottonwood Canyon Park and Ride for climbing at Storm Mountain. Light lunch provided.




Great Salt Lake Canoeing

September 8, 10am – 2pm 

$112  per person, registration available online

Spend an afternoon paddling around the Great Salt Lake with friends and family. Lunch will be included as well as transportation from the NAC’s Salt Lake Office!


Overnight Adventures


Uintas Camping

June 15 – 16 | Uinta Mountains

$170 per person, registration available online

Enjoy an overnight at a Yurt in the Uintas and learn orienteering skills and Stand Up Paddle Boarding on Mirror Lake! Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch provided. Transportation provided for an additional cost.

Arrival 12pm | Departure 4pm



Camp Oakley Family Camp-Out

July 26-28 | Camp Oakley

$190 per person, registration available online

Enjoy a weekend at a beautiful location. Camping options include a yurt or tent. Activities included: hiking, archery, paddle sports. Friday dinner, Saturday- all 3 meals, and Sunday breakfast and lunch provided.

Arrival 12pm | Departure 4pm


Moab Fall Camping

September 7 – 10 | Moab, UT

$190 per person, registration available online

Wrap up your summer camping with a trip to Moab. Enjoy camping and hiking in Arches National Park. Friday dinner, Saturday all three meals, and Sunday breakfast and lunch included.

Transportation available at additional cost.

Arrival 2pm | Departure 4pm

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