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Wyoming: Wild, Wooly, Wheelchair Accessible!

Welcome to the wheelchair accessible wide-open spaces! With more livestock than people, Wyoming is the U.S. state with the lowest population, the largest coal mine, and most of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Park alone is worth the visit—but wait! There's more! Gorgeous Grand Teton National Park is also in Wyoming. This is one vacation where having or renting a handicap accessible minivan can make an enormous difference, because the views are spectacular from border to border. Here are ten memorable accessible attractions in The Equality State!

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Cheyenne

Cowgirl

In praise of the pioneer women who braved many dangers as they ventured into uncharted territory, this handicap accessible museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage and extremely important role women played in "taming and settling" the American West. These women, past and present, often take a back seat to their celebrated male counterparts, so an organization was formed to tell the stories of these women and how contributed to the culture of the West, and remind everyone it takes both genders to civilize and populate even the most treacherous new worlds. You'll see saddles and tack, clothing, artifacts and antiques, and memorabilia that show what life was like on the homestead. Closed during the winter, the attraction opens in May. And remember, there's a little "cowgirl" in every woman!

Cheyenne Depot Trolley Tour, Cheyenne

Trolley

These trolleys not only have heating and air, they have wheelchair lifts and can accommodate two wheelchairs per trolley, and your service animal is welcome! And just where will you go and what will you see? Plenty! Did you know Cheyenne was once the wealthiest city per capita in the U.S.? The Trolley tour passes spectacular homes and stops at the Nelson Museum of the West, Wyoming State Museum, the State Capitol building, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, the Old West Museum, and the Governor's Mansion. Stay on board for the circuit as the conductors describe the landmarks, or get off at any of these stops, check them out, and pick up the Trolley at the stop 90 minutes later. It's recommended you purchase tickets in advance because there's limited seating. Trolley season runs between May 5 through September 30.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

With two must-see national parks in Wyoming, you might want to obtain an Access Pass for U.S. citizens with permanent disabilities at the first one you visit. The lifetime pass allows the person with disabilities and up to three adults free admittance to any national park in the country (children under 16 are admitted free.) Wyoming has two of the most popular and breathtaking national parks in the U.S., and this is where that van equipped for wheelchair access comes in handy. The magnificent Grand Tetons are part of the Rocky Mountains, and this national park covers 485 square miles filled with stunning natural beauty, wildlife, and lots of things to do. The Grand Teton Access Guide will steer you to everything accessible in the park, and a parkway from Grand Teton connects to Yellowstone National Park!

Jenny Lake Boating, Grand Teton

Jenny Lake

Enjoy incredible views of the Grand Teton mountains on a relaxing cruise around Jenny Lake, a picturesque glacial lake at the base of the mountain range and one of the most popular lakes (there are more than 30) in Grand Teton National Park! The boats are wheelchair accessible, and the cruise lasts an hour. A knowledgeable guide will stop at places of interest to fill you in on the history and geology of the region, along with the flora and fauna. You'll see views of the Tetons that can only be seen from the lake, including lovely waterfalls. Reservations are recommended, as is a restroom stop before you board the boat, which doesn't have facilities. Sunrise and sunset hours are said to be particularly scenic and peaceful. It's as beautiful as it sounds.

National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States, Jackson

Eagle Painting

If you want to try your hand at painting, make your own video, or play with natural fibers, visit this award-winning, accessible collection of images focused on wildlife art that's "unsurpassed in the United States." Along with 14 distinctive galleries, there's a Children's Discovery Gallery and a Sculpture Trail. A chronicle of wildlife-inspired artwork throughout history, the artists range from early Native Americans to contemporary masters, with some works dating back to 2, 500 BCE. The museum has permanent exhibits and rotating exhibits, and their web site has a schedule of upcoming exhibits if you want to plan your Wyoming vacation around a particular artist, medium, or species. Explore the wonders of American wildlife in comfort—and the live show is right outside!

Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful Geyser

Talk about setting the standard! Yellowstone National Park was the first in the United States to be designated a national park, and it's believed to be the first national park in the world. No vacation in Wyoming would be complete without a visit to the home of Old Faithful and Lamar Valley, called the "Serengeti of Yellowstone." Like Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone has a number of wheelchair accessible activities and spectacular natural beauty and wildlife. Historic Old Faithful Inn has a multi-story log lobby, an 85-foot stone fireplace, and several accessible guest rooms. Even if you don't stay there, do drop in! Some highly recommended attractions in Yellowstone are Grand Prismatic Spring, Upper Geyser basin, and the Yellowstone Institute. This is WY people visit Wyoming!

The Cody Cattle Company, Cody

Steaks on the Grill

Spend a fun evening of dining and entertainment in the town named for American showman "Buffalo Bill" Cody, who helped create it. Expect mouthwatering steaks and an unlimited, down-home dinner buffet that includes corn bread, Wild West baked beans, and other regional favorites! Choose from several ticket packages that combine dinner and/or foot-stompin', hand-clappin' live music by Ryan Martin and the Triple C Cowboys band, and the Cody Nite Rodeo. Reservations are recommended at the accessible venue, which has been rated "excellent" by more than 70 visitors at TripAdvisor.com. The season for Cody Cattle Company starts in early June and runs through most of September. If you've never been to a rodeo, here's your chance!

Fort Caspar, Casper

Old West Fort

You'll find Fort Caspar in Casper, WY and on the list of U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The 1865 military post was built at a major river crossing, which was a strategic location on the Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express, and transcontinental telegraph trail corridor. Soldiers at the military post protected emigrants who crossed the North Platte River to settle the West, Pony Express riders, and transcontinental telegraph workers from Lakota and Cheyenne Indian attacks. Like most Wyoming attractions, the fort has a season—May through September. You can tour the reconstructed post and visit the Fort Caspar Museum to learn about the prehistoric people of the region, the Plains Indians, and the frontier army through exhibits and artifacts that tell a fascinating story.

Time to saddle up and hit the trail! Wyoming's two premiere national parks alone can keep you awestruck for days. You'll cover a lot of territory seeing the best of accessible Wyoming, and every inch of it will be unforgettable.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2016 Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$35,690 $36,690


  • Stock #: 181492T
  • Mileage: 41,688 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty
2013 Used 2013 Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD Wheelchair Van

USED Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD
NEW AMS Legend H Conversion

$41,495 $41,995


  • Stock #: 008640
  • Mileage: 74,244 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty
2011 Used 2011 Volkswagen Routan SE Wheelchair Van

USED Volkswagen Routan SE
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$29,995 $30,690


  • Stock #: 766798T
  • Mileage: 85,285 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, DVD Player, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base

Vehicle Exterior


Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers

Keys

  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior


Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)

Sunroof

  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment


Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood


Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics

Battery

  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure

Wheels

  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


Engine

  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock

Brakes

  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test

Transmission

  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly

Steering/Suspension

  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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