Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Arizona

These accessible travel suggestions are part of the 2012 Get Out & Enjoy Life program that is a joint educational initiative between UroMed’s motivational program – Life After Spinal Cord Injury, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  For more details on the Get Out & Enjoy Life event, please see:

“It’s easy to be smug when you’re home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and Arizona’s license plate succinctly sums it up: Grand Canyon State. However, there is more to this Southwestern state than the vast canyon of the Colorado River. Stately saguaro cacti and rugged red-rock landscapes have served as backdrop both for Western history and Western movies. Cowboys and Indians are still at home on the range here in Arizona, but it is as a seller of sunshine to the winter-weary that Arizona has made its fortune.” (source:

Daring Adventures

“Daring Adventures is an exciting program that offers seven outdoor recreation opportunities for teens and adults with disabilities and their non-disabled peers. The programs are a great way to get active while meeting new people.”

They Offer:

  • Adaptive Cycling
  • Adaptive Kayaking
  • Sled Ice Hockey
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Backpacking
  • Wilderness Camping



Telephone Pioneer Park

“Telephone Pioneers of America Park is the nation’s first barrier-free park, designed to meet the needs of physically-challenged individuals. The park, built by volunteers on land donated by the City of Phoenix, was funded entirely through donations. The park features two beep baseball fields, a therapeutic heated pool, a wheelchair-accessible playground, an 18-station exercise course, racquetball, volleyball, tennis, basketball and shuffleboard. Ramadas, grills and picnic facilities also are available. The park houses the Adaptive Recreation Services office, which offers a variety of social and recreation programs and special events for people with disabilities, including Special Olympics and outdoor adventure opportunities.”

Phone: (602) 262-4543


Sunrise Adaptive Sports

“SUNRISE ADAPTIVE SPORTS is working to make extraordinary things happen here in the White Mountains of Arizona. For the past 3 years, Sunrise Adaptive Sports has been working to change lives, or more accurately, show people that they have the power within themselves to change their own lives.

The mission of the Sunrise Adaptive Sports is to expand the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through meaningful, educational, and inspiring on-snow experiences. S.A.S. began back in 2009 with a group of volunteers only, donations from sponsors, and good, genuine intentions from all those involved. Now S.A.S. offers Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding, we have scholarshipped several disabled skiers and boarders for all day private lessons at Sunrise Park Resort, we have paid for Sunrise Park Resort Ski School Employees to obtain much needed adaptive teaching certifications and schooling, and we have purchased the Sunrise Park Resort Adaptive Program a brand new, state of the art mono ski.”

 Phone: 928-242-1329


National Parks Golden Access Passport 

National and state parks are abound in Arizona and many offer a broad range of accessible including campgrounds, fishing spots, trails and picnic areas.  For travelers with disabilities, the Golden Access Passport is free and gives users free entry to all national parks, plus 50% off fees for the uses of many park facilities and services.   To get a Golden Access pass, you must show proof of age, US citizenship or permanent residency and proof of disability.  You can request your Golden Access Pass by mail or by internet.

To order passes by mail:

National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC 20240

To order online, visit

Thank you to our sponsors:
This project was supported by a variety of sponsors that we’d like to thank, including:


About the Author: Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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