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Guidebook helps make sure Grand Canyon is grand for all

For slow walkers and travelers with accessibility needs, the depth and breadth of the Grand Canyon might seem daunting, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the geological wonder. Just in time for the 100th birthday of Grand Canyon National Park, accessible travel expert Candy Harrington has released “Barrier-Free Travel: the Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers” (C&C Creative Concepts, $14.95). The guidebook includes not only Grand Canyon access information for wheelchair-users, slow walkers, and stroller-pushing parents, but also features a comprehensive access guide to Arizona’s Interstate 40 and Route 66.

Harrington, who is based in California, includes photos and detailed access reviews of all in-park lodging options; fly-drive resources, including the location of nearby airports and the availability of accessible shuttle; accessible airplane, helicopter, bus, and train tours of the Grand Canyon; and barrier-free camping and picnicking choices. She also shares details on the only driving route to the bottom of the canyon and information on special access passes and permits.


Because a visit to the Grand Canyon typically entails a road trip, the guidebook highlights accessible attractions, lodging options, and sightseeing stops along Interstate 40 and Route 66. Included are the towns of Kingman, Flagstaff, Williams, Winslow, Tusayan, and Valle.

The guidebook also features access information about Grand Canyon West, which is located on Hualapai tribal land. Although it’s exempt from the Americans With Disabilities Act, Harrington reports that leaders made the site as accessible as possible, with options including shuttle buses, an accessible cabin, and barrier-free access to the see-through Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Harrington is the author of several accessible travel titles, including “Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers.”

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