Grand Canyon Accessibility

Don't let limited accessibility deter you from everything the Grand Canyon has to offer.
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Couple walks through the newly renovated Grand Canyon visitors area. Photo by Whit Richardson

Couple walks through the newly renovated Grand Canyon visitors area. Photo by Whit Richardson

Many of the facilities at Grand Canyon are historic and built before current accessibility standards were set. The terrain is rugged with narrow, rocky trails and steep cliffs. Visitors using wheelchairs or who have visual impairments may need assistance.


On the South Rim, wheelchairs are available for rent at Bright Angel Bicycles next to Grand Canyon Visitor Center; 928-814- 8704 or On the North Rim, a limited number of free wheelchairs are available for loan from the North Rim Visitor Center.

All park shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.

Several of the daily Interpretive Ranger Programs are wheelchair accessible. Inquire at visitor centers or look in the "Grand Canyon Guide" newspaper for specifics.

Accessibility Permits

An Accessibility Permit may also be obtained in the park at entrance gates, the visitor center at Canyon View Information Plaza, Yavapai Observation Station, Kolb Studio, El Tovar registration desk, and the Bright Angel Lodge transportation desk.

The Accessibility Permit allows access to some areas closed to private vehicles, and acts as a temporary parking permit for designated parking.

Accessibility Guide

Download a copy of the 2018 Grand Canyon National Park Accessibility Guide at Be aware that this information may change.

Upon your arrival at the park, a paper copy of the Accessibility Guide is available upon request at Canyon View Information Center, Yavapai Observation Station, Kolb Studio, Tusayan Museum, Desert View Information Center, or North Rim Visitor Center.

If you have any accessibility questions, please contact the park at



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Where is the Grand Canyon?

The canyon was carved out by the Colorado RiverĀ in northern Arizona from Lake Powell at the Arizona-Utah border to Lake Mead at the Arizona-Nevada border.