Making Accessibility Happen
Every national park has a visitor comment form that you can pick up at the guard station or sometimes e-mail online. Sharing your experiences – positive or negative – makes a difference.
Here’s what I sent to:
Superintendent, Chris Lehnertz
P.O. Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
My sincere thanks for making Grand Canyon National Park “accessible for all.“
Four years ago I was climbing mountains, but due to progressing muscular dystrophy I now need a mobility scooter to get around. The Greenway made our visit so comprehensive and nourishing for the soul. It allowed my 75-year-old husband to ride
his bike as I scooted along beside him. The Scenic Drive Accessibility Pass also made my husband’s caregiving of me easier by not having to navigate my wheelchair on and off a crowded shuttle bus. The rest stops had plenty of handicap bars in the bathrooms which I also appreciated. And, as always, the park rangers were knowledgeable and very helpful.
Again, thank you so much for the thought put into accessibility around the park. I was thoroughly impressed and deeply grateful.
Where to Stay: Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn
Located just outside the park (South Canyon), this hotel made for a very comfortable stay. The ADA room was very well-equipped and the brand-new indoor / outdoor pool is well-designed for accessibility.
Favorite Eats: El Tovar Dining Room $$ – $$$
Since it was my birthday AND the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we splurged on lunch
at El Tovar, a historic lodge nestled in the center of the park (South Canyon). White tablecloths, custom dishes, old timey waiters at the top of their game, panoramic views and colorful menu selection–ahh, vacation. Our meal was so good, we returned the next morning for breakfast. Although the waitstaff was very accommodating of my wheelchair, access into the building required entering through a side door that was retrofitted with a ramp. The restaurant and lobby accessibility bathroom facility was great, once we figured out where was. It requires a special key from the front desk concierge or waitstaff, and is located just off the main lobby, near the restaurant.