Preface

A Canyon for Everyone

At first glance, the Grand Canyon doesn’t appear to be the best choice for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. And to be honest, the iconic mule ride down to the bottom of the canyon, isn’t. The good news is, you’ll get the best views of this popular natural wonder from the rim, which boasts a nice collection of accessible trails, attractions, restaurants and lodging options. And this guide tells you about all of those, and gives you the resources to plan your own accessible getaway to the Grand Canyon.

But this guide covers more than just the popular South Rim. It also includes information on accessible attractions and lodging options on the more remote North Rim; as well as accessible sites and viewpoints along Desert View Drive, which can be accessed from the east park entrance.

And since the Grand Canyon experience extends well beyond the official boundaries of the national park, this guide also gives you information about how to access those sites and attractions. From the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the West Rim, to the only accessible way to get to the canyon floor, near Peach Springs, there’s no shortage of off-the-beaten-path vacation ideas on the tribal land that borders the park. Even better, this guide also covers accessible lodging options on that tribal land.

And last but not least, there’s the Grand Canyon Railway. This guide also includes access information on this historic railway that runs from Williams to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. And if you’d like to spend a night or two in Williams before or after your journey, there’s also information about accessible lodging choices there.

Although access information is good, I believe my readers are entitled to updated accurate access information; so much so, that I made a last minute pre-press return trip to the South Rim, when I discovered my notes conflicted with some of the official access information routinely disseminated to visitors. As it turned out, my notes were correct, but I just couldn’t let this book go to press if there was one iota of doubt about the accuracy of the access information.

In the end, there are many accessible ways to enjoy the Grand Canyon, and this guide presents a world of options to do exactly that. But this guide isn’t just for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. Parents pushing strollers will also appreciate the accessible trails, attractions and drives in this guide. So if you just need to sit down and rest a lot, have little ones in tow, or use a walker, wheelchair or scooter, rest assured, the Grand Canyon is a great vacation choice for you. Despite it’s massive proportion, it really is a canyon for everyone.

Enjoy!

And if you’d like more accessible travel ideas, be sure and cruise on by my Barrier-Free Travels blog at www.barrierfreetravels.com.