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2020 is our 32nd year!
"..... But mainly I want to thank you for a truly memorable vacation. For much of my life, I've read with excitement about your neck of the woods, and seen a good deal of it on television, but I pretty much despaired of ever getting out there myself. Well, you certainly made that dream come true ... and in fine style." Dr. Richard Gould
There have been many wonderful cards and letters from guests like this one from Dr. Gould over the last 3 decades that have been the inspiration to keep Access Tours going for so long.
Access Tours became a reality in 1988 ... a volunteer non-profit organization providing accessible package tours for wheelchair users and slow walkers. Our guests are people with physical disabilities, along with those who would normally accompany them. Singles are welcome as long as they don't require an aid. Guests come from all over the United States, as well as from distant countries.
We have two scheduled tours for 2020 that are often requested and because it has been a while since we offered either, we thought it was about time to do so again.
First is the Land of Enchantment Tour in May, which begins in Albuquerque, New Mexico and ends in Salt Lake City, Utah. It includes Carlsbad Caverns, Mesa Verde & Arches National Parks, plus two nights in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Other than the first and last nights, we will stay two nights at each stop on the tour so you aren't constantly packing.
Next is the Mount Rushmore Tour in September. This is the only tour in which we spend all nights in the same hotel, doing day trips to numerous attractions in and around the Black Hills of South Dakota, including Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Mammoth Site, Deadwood and a day out to Badlands National Park.
Nearly all questions you may have will be found on the itineraries and general information pages, such as how much is the tour or when are deposits due. So before asking questions, please carefully read the itinerary you are interested in, then go to the General Information section where you'll find the answers to most questions. If you still have questions, please email or call.
If you decide to take a tour, joining is easy. Just let us know via an email or phone call and we'll pencil you in and email you a reservation form, which you'll print and mail in to us along with your deposit. Then, you'll shop for the best flights, buy the mandatory travel insurance and you'll be set.
At tour time you fly into the airport where your tour begins. When you arrive, you will have a wheelchair accessible transfer from the airport to your hotel and to the departure airport at tour's end.
Group sizes are small, usually limited to 10 people, the pace relaxed, the company friendly. We are knowledgeable, experienced, and considerate of all the various mobility impairments you might have. Our vehicles are mini-buses with wheelchair lifts and large view windows.
Private, or Custom Tours:
If you and at least 5 others would like a tour of your own, please contact us to discuss the possibilities. Usually, people choose a standard itinerary, but at a particular date, though sometimes they want to expand and see more of an area. Such was the case with some guests from the UK who spent most of two weeks in Northern Arizona, seeing Monument Valley, the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon. Wow!
We believe that Access Tours continues to be the only service providing tours in this country for slow walkers and wheelchair users. If you do an Internet search using 'disabled tours', 'handicap tours' or 'wheelchair tours', many things show up, but not actual tours in the U.S. We provide you with the opportunity to get out and enjoy the West, doing things that you might not have thought you could do.
All Journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.Contiki
Come enjoy the West with us!
Clint Grosse, Director