Persons with Disabilities in Grand Canyon
We pride ourselves in providing persons with a wide range of disabilities the opportunity to experience Grand Canyon on a multi-day Colorado River rafting trip. Whether it is for recreational therapy or pure vacation enjoyment having disabilities in Grand Canyon may be an option. We support the National Park Service’s goal “to develop and coordinate a system-wide comprehensive approach to achieving the highest level of accessibility that is reasonable.” We hope to continue leading the way in providing trips to persons with disabilities in Grand Canyon.
In 1991, we began developing a plan and obtaining the resources needed to safely aid persons with disabilities in rafting the Colorado River. In the years following, and to this day, we continue to collaborate with non-profit organizations that specialize in offering and executing recreational opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Not only do we work with non-profit organizations for our guests with disabilities in Grand Canyon, but we also encourage families and friends to arrange charters. Additionally, we encourage persons with less severe disabilities to mainstream on a standard adventure when possible.
Through the years, we have accommodated persons with varying disabilities in Grand Canyon in many ways. We mainstreamed an adult with Autism and Down Syndrome due to her outdoors experience and swimming ability. A couple of years ago, we had a group of family and friends reserve an entire motor adventure for their teenage son who was confined to a wheel chair and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Annually, we run trips with visually impaired youth and adults. Additionally, we ran the Wounded Warriors adventures, in which the military veterans had varying levels of physical and emotional disabilities.
For those who can mainstream on a standard adventure, we make sure to chat with all parties involved about the physical and demanding nature of our adventures to ensure we find the best fit. For those in a wheelchair needing some additional accommodations, we can add a ramp to the motor boat so the wheelchair can get on and off easily, we can provide a chariot system to assist with getting the wheelchair on hikes, as well as a specialized toilet system and tracks for the sand for movement around camp.
Whatever your challenge may be, we commit to discussing options with you. Please call or email us directly with your specific needs to begin the process. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you experience your adventure of a lifetime!