With the reopening of the Mariposa Grove this summer, Yosemite National Park unveiled a natural area that’s both free of commercial operations, and accessible to wheelchair-users and slow walkers. And those features are highlighted in the second edition of Candy B. Harrington’s popular title, Barrier-Free Travel; Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers (www.barrierfreeyosemite.com).
“The wheelchair access in the grove is excellent,” says Harrington, “as there’s nearly a mile of accessible trails through the sequoias, with wheelchair-accessible shuttle service to the trailheads. And, if you have an accessible parking placard you can also drive directly to the grove.”
Along with specific access details about Mariposa Grove, Harrington’s second edition highlights accessible trails, attractions, and lodging options in and near Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. Filled with useful access information the book includes:
- Photos and Access Details of 35 Lodging Options
- Gateway Community Details
- Accessible Bus, Train and Shuttle Information
- Accessible Rental Van Options
- Wheelchair and Handcycle Rentals
- Barrier-Free Campsites
- Accessible Bus Tours and Ranger Programs
- Special Access Passes and Discounts
- Local Adaptive Sports Programs
Adds Harrington, “I was also able to include a newly renovated historic cabin in Half Dome Village in the book. It was once Mother Curry’s home, but now this Yosemite cabin is wheelchair-accessible and it even includes a roll-in shower. They did a wonderful job with the access.”
This inclusive title is the most recent addition to Harrington’s national park series; and although it’s written for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, moms who have stroller-aged kids will also appreciate the access information in this guide. For more information about the title, or to check out come accessible Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National park itineraries, visit www.barrierfreeyosemite.com.