When Steve Dalton sets up at California’s Yosemite’s Housekeeping Camp, a popular campground along the Merced River with views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, it takes him back to childhood camping trips with his parents and a time before his spinal cord injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“I love getting outdoors and I think, following my disability, adaptive sports and things that drew me back outside were the things that were most restorative for me as a person,” said Dalton, 51, an information technology systems administrator who is paralyzed from the chest down since a motorcycle accident in 2002.

Dalton and his wife, Sydney Sauber, an educator, head out into nature several times a year from their home in San Pablo, Calif.

“It’s an opportunity to challenge myself,’’ he said, “and create situations where you have to problem-solve, you have to test the skills that you have as a [wheel]chair user to deal with terrain that’s not well-groomed.”

If you crave that kind of challenge, or just want a getaway, California’s vast state parks system offers many accessible camping options. If this is in your summer plans, however, you need to reserve now.

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