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Accessibility guide to Grand Canyon released

The new guide for wheelchair users and slow walkers also includes an access guide to Arizona’s Interstate 40 and Route 66.

In time for the 100th birthday of the Grand Canyon National Park, a new book by accessible travel expert Candy B Harrington has been published, called Barrier-Free Travel: The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers.

The new resource includes Grand Canyon access information for wheelchair users and slow walkers, and it also features a comprehensive ‘access guide’ to Arizona’s Interstate 40 and Route 66.

Harrington’s latest effort follows a raft of her books on accessible travel in the USA such as 22 Accessible Road Trips, 101 Accessible Vacations and Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers.

The new guide highlights wheelchair-accessible trails, attractions and accommodation options in and around the Grand Canyon National Park and is “filled with hard-to-find access details”.

Inside scoop
The book includes photos and access reviews of all in-park lodging options, fly-drive resources including the locations of nearby airports and the availability of accessible shuttles, public transportation and van rentals, and air, helicopter, bus and train tours of the Grand Canyon.

Barrier-free camping choices, accessible picnic areas and “the inside scoop on the only driving route to the bottom of the canyon” are also in the guide.

“I spent a whole month combing the state,” says Harrington, “and I was thrilled to uncover a sizable collection of kitschy attractions, comfortable hotels and fun restaurants — all of which are wheelchair-accessible.”

In addition to covering Kingman, Flagstaff, Williams, Winslow, Tusayan and Valle, she also included information on sections of the “old Mother Road”, the famous Route 66.

The guide features access information about Grand Canyon West, which is located on Hualapai tribal land.

“Even though Grand Canyon West is exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act, the powers that be made the site as accessible as possible,” reports Harrington. “Grand Canyon West even has accessible shuttle buses, a nice accessible cabin, and barrier-free access to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.”

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