Accessible Arizona Tours

 

The Grand Canyon Railway

From its yesteryears of transporting ore through the Wild West to our present-day journeys in the heart of the canyon, the Grand Canyon Railway has enchanted millions of people from around the world since 1901—and now it’s time for you to experience the wonderful romance of a voyage by train. Take an unforgettable ride on one of our lovingly restored cars and hear folklore and tales from a crew who are still bewitched by their spectacular surroundings. Be entertained by authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life. And lose yourself in the majesty, the magnificence that is Grand Canyon National Park.

 

Motorcoach Grand Canyon Rim Tour*

Make the most of your time and see the canyon from different perspectives. Take a 1.5 hour guided motor coach tour that works in conjunction with the train’s schedule during the layover while at the canyon, allowing you to get to some of the most recognizable view points along the South Rim that you wouldn’t have time to walk to. Plus, you’ll still have time to walk the historic Grand Canyon Village where you can eat lunch and visit historic hotels and shops.

* This tour is only available to Grand Canyon Railway passengers

 

Lake Powell Antelope Slot Canyon Guided Boat Tour

Explore the Lake Powell side of world-famous Antelope Canyon – perhaps one of the most photographed slot canyons on Earth. This personalized tour takes you from Antelope Point Marina down lake along the Colorado River’s original channel to the canyon opening along sheer red rock cliffs. Safely navigable, the narrow canyon – with towering walls of ancient Navajo sandstone – is awe-inspiring and unique. Your experienced tour guides will share details about spectacular Lake Powell, the nearby Glen Canyon Dam and the Navajo people that inhabit this region – sharing their rich culture and generations of history with visitors. Bottled water is provided on all tours.

 

Phoenix Historic (Step-Free) Walking/Rolling Tour

Discover  prehistoric to modern urban legends of Phoenix woven into the  corridors of towering skyscrapers, nostalgic buildings and hidden spaces.  Get tips on where to go for good food and good times!

Highlights:

  • Story Legendary Phoenix beginnings
  • Tales of Wild West
  • Stops & Stories at landing places of urban legends like  Ernesto Miranda, Ted Dietrich, Barry Goldwater and more!
  • Iconic  Phoenix  Architecture
  • Tips for  good eats and good times in Phoenix

 

Phoenix Art Deco & Roaring 20s Tour

Phoenix had it’s hey day in the 1920’s and has the architecture to prove it.  Enjoy 10 amazing buildings and 3 luscious lobbies…sandwiched between a bit of Charleston, jazz hands, stories of prohibition, flappers and more!

What you’ll love!

  • See samples of Art Deco, Streamline Deco and Pueblo Deco
  • Improve your vocab with words like…”ziggurat”.
  • Discover the Charleston and a bit of jazz.
  • Make the  Famous King Tut-Phoenix-Psycho Connection!
  • Depending on the day…add a jazz concert at “The Nash”, a nationally recognized jazz club in town.

 

Phoenix Street Art and Market Tour

Get the best of both worlds with stops and stories of 10 or more murals followed by a tasty finale  at a colorful, bustling open air market.

What you’ll love!

  • Amazing Street Art  from graffiti to commisioned murals
  • Cultural Influences of the Phoenix Street Art Culture
  • Stops & Stories at 10 larger than life  street murals
  • Discover Hidden Gems
  • Ultimate local vibe at Phoenix Open Air Market (Saturday tours)
  • Ultimate local vibe at DeSoto Market (Weekday tours)
  • Dog friendly!  Dogs are welcome on the tour and at the markets
  • Wheelchair friendly:  All areas on the tour are accessible to someone in a wheelchair

Kartchner Caverns Cave Tours (Tucson)

In November 1974 two young cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, were exploring the limestone hills at the base of the Whetstone Mountains. In the bottom of a sinkhole they found a narrow crack leading into the hillside. Warm, moist air flowed out, signaling the existence of a cave. After several hours of crawling, they entered a pristine cavern. The formations that decorate caves are called “speleothems.” Usually formations are composed of layers of calcite called travertine deposited by water. The form a speleothem takes is determined by whether the water drips, flows, seeps, condenses, or pools.

Kartchner Caverns is home to:

  • One of the world’s longest soda straw stalactites: 21 feet 3 inches (Throne Room)
  • The tallest and most massive column in Arizona, Kubla Khan: 58 feet tall (Throne Room)
  • The world’s most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk (Big Room)
  • The first reported occurrence of “turnip” shields (Big Room)
  • The first cave occurrence of “birdsnest” needle quartz formations
  • Many other unusual formations such as shields, totems, helictites, and rimstone dams.

Rotunda/Throne Tour – Length: ½ mile. Time: 1½ hours.  This tour is a half of a mile in length and takes approximately an hour and a half to complete, 50 minutes of which is underground. Discover the role that water plays in creating the caverns. You will see the discoverers’ original trail, 45,000-year-old bat guano, delicate formations and “Kubla Khan,” the largest column formation in Arizona.

Big Room Tour – Length: ½ mile. Time: 1¾ hours.  This tour is available from mid-October to mid-April and are scheduled throughout the day. It is half of a mile long and takes an hour and 45 minutes to complete, one hour of which is underground. The Kartchner Cavern story is about amazing discoveries past, present, and future. Marvel at the many strange and colorful formations. Learn about the cave fauna, both living and ancient. Experience the wonder of the cave’s discovery and learn about new scientific research and discoveries as ongoing studies continue. Note: Big Room Tours are not available for children under 7 years of age.

Most above ground and below ground areas on the park are handicapped accessible except for most parts of the hiking trails. Access to parking areas, campgrounds, picnic areas and buildings are designed to be wheelchair accessible. The Discovery Center doors are automatic or manually activated automatic. All restrooms and shower areas are wheelchair accessible but the doors are NON-automated and must be opened manually.

The cave is accessible by wheelchair and scooter and by most visitors with limited mobility. All cave trails include switchback curves, inclines and declines and some grades of up to 12 percent that may exceed the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. Most of the cave trails have rest areas at regular intervals along the way and the program is designed to incorporate periodic stops.  Benches are located adjacent to the steeper incline/decline routes where one may avoid those areas but still enjoy the program. Stainless steel railing also lines the majority of the trails, although there are short stretches where the rail does not exist. It is suggested that you ask about any specific conditions or limitations prior to making reservation to ensure that we will be able to facilitate your specific needs.

Wheelchairs. Most motorized and manual wheelchairs may be used in the cave, but due to the limits of the trail dimensions, certain chairs may be restricted. Wheelchairs with a seat width of 18” or less and an overall width of 30” are permissible. If your personal wheelchair exceeds these dimensions, refer to the “Wheelchair Loans” section below. Motorized wheelchairs should be electrically powered and have a closed cell battery. Wheelchairs should have functioning brakes capable of parking on an incline/decline. Ramps exist at all access points to the tram and the first car of each tram is designed to allow an individual to enter the car and remain in the wheelchair during the tram ride. Ambulatory visitors who wish to store their wheelchair on the car and ride on the seat may do so as well. 

Scooters. Motorized scooters are allowed on tours but due to the dimensions of the trails, some limitations exist.  Scooters should have a width of 30” or less and a total length of 40” or less. If your scooter exceeds these dimensions, refer to the “wheelchair loans” section below. Motorized scooters should be electrically powered and have a closed cell battery. Scooters should have functioning brakes capable of parking on an incline/decline. Ramps exist at all access points to the tram and the first car of each tram is designed to allow an individual to drive onto the car and remain on the scooter during the tram ride. Ambulatory visitors who wish to store their scooter on the car and ride on the seat may do so as well.

Limited Mobility. The cave trails include inclines/declines, periodic waiting/stopping areas and handrails through most areas. Crutches and walkers are not allowed on tours but canes with rubber tips and walkers w/hand brakes are allowed. The temperature and humidity may aggravate respiratory issues. If you have any issue that may cause difficulties on the tour, it is suggested that you use a park loaner wheelchair for your ease and comfort. Please refer to the “wheelchair loans” section below.

Wheelchair Loans. If your personal wheelchair/scooter exceeds the recommended dimensions but you are able to use a wheelchair of these dimensions, manual wheelchairs are available for loan at the Discovery Center. An ID (driver’s license, state ID card etc.) will be required to borrow a wheelchair. The ID will be retained at the front desk until the chair is returned. It is suggested that a designated person accompany each visitor in a scooter or wheelchair to assist or push if needed. Please remember that no additional items such as bags, purses, packs or bottled water, will be allowed on tours unless they have been approved for specific medical purposes at the front desk.

 

Taste of Tucson Downtown Culinary & Cultural Tour

Our tours combines architectural commentary, history, local culture, a ride on the modern streetcar, 5 pre-selected restaurant tastings and culinary insights into a unique 4-hour experience. We have two tours to choose from: Historic Downtown and University Main Gate/4th Ave. We offer three downtown tours a week: every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 1 to 5pm, rain or shine.

Ride Tucson’s modern streetcar to University Main Gate Square where you will begin your tastings at some of Tucson’s unique restaurants. You will continue your tour along 4th Avenue and learn about the history along the route. The tour includes 5 restaurant tastings, a 24 hour streetcar pass & tour guide. The University Main Gate & 4th Avenue culinary and cultural tour is offered every Thursday, 1 to 5pm, rain or shine.

Tours generally last 4 hours. The Downtown Tour covers about 2 miles. The University Main Gate/4th Avenue Tour is about a mile of walking.  Participants can expect to be standing or walking for a majority of the time. We walk at a moderate pace and you can expect 5 stops where we will sit down and enjoy a culinary experience for 15-20 minutes. A variety of cuisines will be served with an emphasis on local, sustainable, and farm-to-table ingredients. You can expect to be delighted by a mix of Tucson’s best new and traditional restaurants.  Check our restaurant partners out on our website.  We will also stop at selected locations to take in some of Tucson’s historic sights.  A ride on the modern streetcar is included on the tour. This is a one of a kind tasting experience with set menu selections; therefore, we are unable to adjust the tour for special dietary requirements and/or food allergies. We can, however, accommodate for vegetarians with some of the options on our tour. Our tours are wheelchair accessible, except for the room tour at the Hotel Congress on the downtown tour.