Grand Canyon Accessibility


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Many of the facilities at Grand Canyon are historic and were built before current accessibility standards were set. Many of the buildings that do not meet current standards are accessible with assistance. A copy of the Grand Canyon National Park Accessibility Guide is available upon request at Canyon View Center, Yavapai Observation Station, Kolb Studio, Tusayan Museum, and Desert View Information Center. Or write for a copy: P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023.

SOUTH RIM: Most shuttles are inaccessible to wheelchairs. Accessible shuttle buses are available with a 48-hour advance reservation. Call (520) 638-0591. An accessibility permit is available at any entrance gate, Canyon View Center, Yavapai Observation Station, and Kolb Studio to allow private vehicle access into shuttle-only areas.

The Golden Access Passport, available at Canyon View Center, Desert View Information Center, and Tusayan Museum, waives entrance fees for permanently disabled individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

The National Park Service provides wheelchairs for temporary day use by park visitors. No rental fee is charged. A wheelchair is usually available at Canyon View Center. To obtain a temporary parking permit for designated parking, inquire at the Entrance Gate, Canyon View Center, or Yavapai Observation Station.

On the South Rim, guided bus tours within the park are conducted by Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (a park concessioner), wheelchair-accessible tours are available by prior arrangement, call (520) 638-2631 for information. TDD phones are available to hotel guests in the park.

The terrain at Grand Canyon is rugged with narrow, rocky trails and steep cliffs. Visitors using wheelchairs or who have visual impairments often need assistance. Protective walls and curbs are intermittent. Several of the daily interpretive Ranger Programs are wheelchair accessible. Inquire at the Canyon View Center or look in The Guide (the park newspaper handed out at the Entrance Gate) for specifics.

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