US National Parks are starting to open bit by bit. To that end here is the reopening schedule from the Xanterra Travel Collection – one of the largest national park concessionaires – for their lodges in and near some of the most popular national parks. All of the lodges listed below offer wheelchair-accessible rooms.
Guests are requested to wear masks or face coverings in all public areas.
Death Valley National Park
The Ranch at Death Valley is scheduled to open on June 15, 2020. The Inn at Death Valley will remain closed until October 1, 2020.
If you’re planning for the future, here’s some access information about the new casitas at The Ranch at Death Valley https://emerginghorizons.com/new-wheelchair-accessible-casitas-at-historic-death-valley-property/
Grand Canyon National Park
The Xanterra Travel Collection plans to reopen their Grand Canyon National Park lodges in three phases.
June 5, 2020 – Maswik Lodge
June 10, 2020 – El Tovar Hotel & Kachina Lodge
June 15, 2020 –Thunderbird Lodge
Carry-out food will be available from Maswik Food Court and Pizza Pub, El Tovar Patio, and the two food trucks. The dining rooms will remain closed.
Xanterra also plans to resume operation of the Grand Canyon Railway and open the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel on June 15, 2020. The train features lift boarding for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, and the hotel has accessible rooms with roll-in showers or tub/shower combinations.
Wheelchair-accessible Grand Canyon itinerary suggestions are available at http://www.barrierfreegrandcanyon.com/suggested-itineraries.
And here’s information about the accessible rooms at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel https://emerginghorizons.com/first-rate-access-at-the-grand-canyon-railway-hotel/.
Glacier National Park
The Xanterra Travel collection also plans to open their Glacier National Park properties in three phases
June 15, 2020 – Lake McDonald Lodge & Village Inn at Apgar
June 19, 2020 – Rising Sun Motor Inn
June 26, 2020 – Many Glacier Hotel & Swiftcurrent Motor Inn
The Red Bus Tours – which can be booked in a wheelchair-accessible vehicle – are scheduled to resume on July 16, 2020.
Cedar Creek Lodge, which is located near the park in Columbia Falls, Montana, is also scheduled to reopen on June 15, 2020.
For information on wheelchair accessible trails and attractions in Glacier National Park, visit https://emerginghorizons.com/glaciers-waterfalls-and-wildlife-dot-montana-national-park/
Yellowstone National Park
All entrances to Yellowstone National Park were opened on June 1, 2020.
The Xanterra Travel Collection plans to open some of their properties in four phases.
June 1, 2020 – Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
June 8, 2020 – Old Faithful Lodge & Old Faithful Snow Lodge
June 17, 2020 – Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Lake Lodge
June 19, 2020 – Canyon Lodge
Take out and grab and go food options will be available.
It’s unknown at this time if Old Faithful Inn, Grant Village and Roosevelt Lodge will open in 2020. For updates, visit https://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/health-and-safety/.
For some insider tips for a perfectly accessible Yellowstone visit, check out https://emerginghorizons.com/wheelchair-accessible-yellowstone-six-insider-tips-for-a-perfectly-accessible-visit/
Zion National Park
Zion National Park Lodge reopened on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Grab and go food is available at the lodge, but no alcohol will be served.
Wheelchair-accessible Zion National Park itinerary suggestions are available at http://barrierfreeutah.com/suggested-itineraries/