Grand Canyon

Wheelchair Friendly Houseboats and Accessible Tours at
Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Lake Mead

 

Much of this area is rugged and primitive, but there are many tours and activities geared for individual requiring greater accessibility.

GRAND CANYON -- If driving into the Canyon, you may obtain a permit at the entrance station which allows you access to restricted areas and parking.  There is also a guide provided.

GRAND CANYON RAILWAY -- Offers train service from Williams to the Grand Canyon South Rim via train.  Budd Coach class is wheelchair accessible, and accessible rooms are available at the Grand Canyon depot hotel in Williams.  Bus tours are available upon arrival at the South Rim, but not all busses have wheelchair lifts.  It is IMPERATIVE that you indicate you need wheelchair accessibility and the amount of assistance required (lift needed, etc) when filling out a reservation form.  If you opt to explore on your own, the shuttles operating at the rims are wheelchair accessible. 

LAKE POWELL -- Lone Rock beach has one wheelchair accessible station in the restrooms for those camping in the area, however, the area is deep sand. 

LAKE POWELL HOUSEBOATS -- There are a number of "wheelchair friendly" houseboats at Lake Powell, and these feature roll-in showers and a lowered helm to allow for piloting from a wheelchair.  It is probably easier to determine the dates you want to travel and then see which boats are available.  Or just email me.  Many times, you will be upgraded to a better boat at no additional charge.  Oh, and Antelope Point offers a houseboat with an elevator up to the roof.  Way cool.

LAKE POWELL BOAT TOURS -- Float trips on the Colorado River are NOT wheelchair friendly, but the boat tours on the Lake are.  It is important to mention your need for accessibility when making a reservation so that your party will be accommodated.  The tour boats have interior seating with restrooms which will be accessible, the top of the boat is not but you will be able to see much of the lake from the interior cabin.

LAKE MEAD AND LAKE MOHAVE HOUSEBOATS -- There are a few of "wheelchair friendly" houseboats at Lake Mead, and these feature roll-in showers and a lowered helm to allow for piloting from a wheelchair. Hotel rooms are also accessible.  Email me with your dates. 

WILLOW BEACH, LAKE MEAD FISHING PIER -- fully accessible.

BRYCE CANYON -- Two moderately sloping ramps lead from the parking lot to the Visitor Center. The building is equipped with a lowered information/sales desk and fully accessible auditorium with a 22-minute film (captioned version available upon request). Restrooms have fully-accessible stalls.  Accessible restroom stalls are available at the Visitor Center, Bryce Canyon Lodge, the General Store, Loop A and the group site of Sunset Campground, Farview Point, and Rainbow Point. Restrooms at Sunset Point are accessible with assistance.

Two wheelchair-accessible sites are located in Loop A of the Sunset Campground.  Sites 223 and 224 in Loop A of Sunset Campground are reserved for visitors with mobility impairments. These sites offer pull-through access, picnic tables with extensions, and stand-up fire grills. The sites are located across from a fully accessible restroom. Sunset Campground is closed during winter months (typically mid-October through late April). The campground is located west of Sunset Point, approximately 1.5 miles south of the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Reservations are not accepted. This campground is closest to the best hiking trails which begin and end at Sunset Point.

The Sunrise Unit of Bryce Canyon Lodge has rooms designed for handicapped access with adjacent handicapped parking facilities. Motel rooms outside the park also offer accessible rooms. Specify that you would like these rooms when you make reservations.

The Navajo Loop Trail descends from Sunset Point through the slot canyon of Wall Street. The Navajo Loop is the most popular trail in the park, and is often combined with the Queen's Garden Trail to form a longer loop that passes through the Queen's Garden and emerges onto the rim at Sunrise Point. From here two very scenic and easy strolls can be taken as part of the Rim Trail. A -mile walk to the north on a wheelchair accessible trail which takes you to Sunset Point.

Auditoriums in both the Visitor Center and Bryce Canyon Lodge are wheelchair accessible. The Sunset Campground Campfire Circle also has a paved, gently sloping sidewalk leading up to the seating area. Evening program topics are posted on campground and visitor center bulletin boards. North Campground Amphitheater is not recommended for wheelchairs.

ZION NATIONAL PARK -- Both visitor centers and Zion Lodge are fully accessible. The Zion shuttle buses are also fully accessible. Several campsites are reserved for people with disabilities. Service dogs are permitted on a leash anywhere in the park, including on trails, in buildings, and in the backcountry.

Riverside Walk is accessible to wheelchair users with assistance or to users of motorized wheelchairs. Paved for entire 1-mile (1.6km) length. Pavement irregular in several places. Climbs 57 feet (17m) with maximum grades between 5% and 7%.  Accessible, unisex restroom located at trailhead at Temple of Sinawava.

Pa'rus Trail is a paved bike path. Elevation gain 50 feet (15m). Trail begins across the river from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Accessible, unisex restroom located at Zion Canyon Visitor Center.

Interpretive walks are offered on these trails. Ranger guided shuttle tours are also available. Evening programs and daytime talks are offered at the Zion Lodge, campground amphitheaters, and Zion Canyon Visitor Center. These locations have designated parking and concrete paths that lead to the seating areas.

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