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Contact: Candy Harrington, 209-599-9409,

New Access Guide Opens Up Grand Canyon to Everyone

RIPON, CA — May 8, 2014 — If the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list, but you thought you’d never be able to enjoy it because you use a wheelchair, or just get around a little slower, then pick up a copy of Barrier-Free Travel; The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers ($6.99, C&C Creative Concepts) and prepare to visit one of America’s most popular national parks.

Penned by accessible travel expert Candy Harrington, this new travel guide highlights accessible trails, sites, and lodging options on the north and south rims, includes access details about the Grand Canyon Railway and provides hard-to-find access information about Grand Canyon West.

Filled with useful access information the book also includes:

  • Details on Accessible Bus and Helicopter Tours
  • Access at the Grand Canyon Skywalk
  • Shuttle Bus Routes and Access Details
  • Special Access Passes and Permits
  • Photos of Accessible Rooms
  • Accessible Lodging at the Williams Railway Depot
  • Windshield Views Throughout the Park

The book also includes information about the only driving route to the bottom of the canyon. Says Harrington, “Although the trail down to Phantom Ranch from the South Rim isn’t an option for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, there is a little-known driving route down to the bottom on Hualapai land. It’s nice to know that everybody can now enjoy the view from the bottom of the canyon.”

Important access details for slow walkers are also included. Sometimes slow walkers don’t need accessible rooms, but they can’t do stairs, so they routinely book ground floor rooms,” explains Harrington. “You could run into problems on the South Rim if you do this, because only one property has an elevator, while another has elevation changes along portions of the first floor, and yet another has first-floor bathrooms that have steps up into them. That’s why I’ve also included all these important access details in the property descriptions,” adds Harrington.

This inclusive book is the first in a series of accessible travel guides to popular destinations throughout the United States. Says Harrington, “Although it’s written for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, moms who have stroller-aged kids will appreciate the access information in this guide, as well as the future books in this series. In the end, good access really benefits everyone.”

Known as the guru of accessible travel, Candy Harrington has covered this niche exclusively for the past 18 years. She’s the founding editor of Emerging Horizons and the author of several accessible travel titles, including the classic, Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. She also blogs regularly about accessible travel issues at

Barrier-Free Travel; The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers ($6.99, 6 X 9 paperback, ISBN: 978-0-69221-052-9; $6.99, Kindle, ASIN: BOOK40L73K) is available at or