We spent a week in Williams Arizona it was our family’s favorite trip so far! If you haven’t already you absolutely must see the Grand Canyon. It is one of the most wheelchair friendly National Parks we have been to. One full day is sufficient here if you are hitting all of the roadside stops and walking the wheelchair friendly paths along the rim.
We stayed at Raptor Ranch and if you are looking for some Flinstone nostalgia this is the place for you! Our 9 year old daughter loved running in and out of the different houses and going down their big dinosaur slide. They also have a great show and fly the Raptors and feed them, very educational for a homeschool family.
Another family friendly spot you cannot miss is Bearizona. This isn’t just any zoo, you drive through exhibits and bears, wolves, bison etc walk right next to your vehicle. This feature also made it perfectly accessible for anyone who can ride in a vehicle!
This might have been the highlight of our trip until we stumbled upon The Grand Canyon Deer Farm. Our daughter is still begging to go back. More deer than you can count will follow you around to eat from a cup of food in your hands. You can pet them and honestly they are a riot along with the other animals they house. We are a homeschool family so hands on experiences, zoos etc are wonderful but we have a special spot in our hearts for National Monuments.
We made a day of visiting Tuzigoot National Monument and Montezuma Castle National Monument. If you are in the area and like history these are great places to see, Montezuma Castle is completely wheelchair and pet friendly. It’s not a lot of walking and we learned so much about ancient cliff dwelling life in about an hour. Tuzigoot is visually even more impressive, you can walk on sidewalks up to the ruins. It is a bit steep but we did just fine pushing our son’s wheelchair here as well. You can really immerse yourself in the history and for us the homeschool experience couldn’t be beat.
We spent the next two days seeing Walnut Canyon National Monument, again great history here, and then we knocked a bucket list item off. In case you didn’t know Sunset Crater National Monument is the home of a volcano! Seeing the volcanic rock and fields was truly an experience and a great lesson for the road! Down the same road is Wupatki National Monument which is more ancient ruins, more history and has a great wheelchair friendly viewing trail. Our week in this area of Arizona truly couldn’t be beat and I hope more travelers discover these gems!
Here is a map of the area with everything we did!
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Kristy here, special needs mom and travel enthusiast. I hope this blog guides you to get out into nature no matter your abilities.