CategoriesOff-road Adventures

Is Calf Creek Falls Wheelchair Accessible?

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Hiking to Lower Calf Creek Falls was our most difficult adventure to date for a few reasons.

  1. We didn’t have as large of a team of helpers as previous long hikes like Delicate Arch
  2. Unlike other adventures when hikers volunteered to help that didn’t really happen.
  3. I’m in the worst shape of my life.

Nevertheless our small team of friends and family grit our teeth and made our way over rocks and sand to a waterfall oasis in the desert. 

The team

All of the heavy lifting was done by myself, and Sam’s parents Roger and Christine. I was often pushing while they were pulling via the straps on the front. 

The X3 can roll over nearly anything but occasionally an obstacle pops up that is same length as the wheelbase of the chair. When you are pushing from the handlebars and the front wheel is hitting a large rock you kinda get stuck and need someone to lift or pull the front wheel up and over the obstacle. 

Off-road wheelchair

The Trail

The trail to Lower Calf Creek Falls is a 6.7 mile out and back adventure. You will slowly gain 866 feet of elevation on your way to the waterfall. 

If you’re walking this trail is great. If you’re pushing an off-road wheelchair with a width of 35 inches it’s going to be a battle. Moving the chair around over and through these rocky sections was exhausting and I was shattered by the end of the hike.

It doesn’t help that the most exercise I get in a day is when I let loose with a violent sneeze. 

I’m fat strong and used my weight as leverage to get Sam up the trail.

Other sections of the trail are sand and those were great! The X3 rolls over the sand like it’s on pavement. Sam’s 9 year old niece Avery often volunteered to push in the sandy sections. 

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I don't get tired

Near the end of this hike I was so tired I found myself falling asleep almost instantly whenever we stopped to take a break. Even though I was still standing up. 

I recalled a Tiktok video from motivational speaker Jesse Itzler using a trick to make himself feel better while on a 100 mile run. And attempted to use this power of persuasion on myself and Roger. It sort of helped… I think. 

Jesse Iztler – I don’t get tired!

we survived calf creek falls

Hiking Lower Calf Creek Falls was very difficult for our small group. If you are thinking about taking an Extreme Motus off-road wheelchair there you need to take an honest look at your level of fitness,take lots of helpers, start slow and then go even slower.

You may need to summon The Power of Greyskull, but if you are determined enough you can do it. 

CategoriesNational Park Adventures Off-road Adventures

Is Delicate Arch Wheelchair Accessible?

Is Delicate Arch Wheelchair Accessible?

Is Delicate Arch wheelchair accessible? Yes, with the right wheelchair, and group of friends you can visit one of Utah’s most iconic destinations in a wheelchair. You will also need some planning and some muscle.

Delicate Arch is one of the most iconic hikes in Utah. It quickly became the first destination I wanted to visit with Sam in the Emma X3. When I heard that Sam had been to the trail-head of Delicate Arch before and sat with his mother in the van while the other half of his family went on the hike it seemed like a perfect opportunity for an adventure.

Sam has Cerebral Palsy and has used a wheelchair his entire life. He’s also an instant friend to everyone he meets. His infectious laugh, and unbridled enthusiasm for life make him one of the most fun people you will ever spend time with.

Sam Durst ready to roll.

Don’t Chicken Out

The evening before the hike we sat in our room at the Expedition Lodge in Moab, UT. Sam’s parents had heard from friends that the trail to Delicate Arch was too steep for a wheelchair and they thought it might be a good idea to pick something easier.

I suggested we start the hike and see how far we could get. Sam’s cousin Grace was appointed “Safety Police” for the hike. If Grace felt the trail was too dangerous we would turn around no questions asked.

Sam’s family being nervous is completely understandable. This special off-road wheelchair had just opened doors to many places on our planet that were previously off limits to them.

Lets Roll

The trail to Delicate Arch is steep and because the Emma X3 is a manual wheelchair we tied 2 ropes to the front of the chair so that more people could help pull in difficult sections.

Taking a break on the trail.

Be Open to Help

During our trek a couple of hikers noticed us bracing ourselves for the upcoming steep section of the hike. They walked passed us, turned around and asked, “Do y’all need some help?” We quickly accepted and the strangers began to push Sam up the trail.

There are a few technical sections of the trail where the chair will need to be lifted over some large uneven rocks. If you don’t have enough muscle in your group don’t be afraid to ask for help. Some people might want to jump in but feel awkward offering.

Our new friend pushes Sam up the trail.

We became friends along the way and later that evening we all went for pizza together. Similar to our Dirty Dash experience this hike was suddenly more memorable for the young couple because they could provide service on the trail.

Travel Safe

As we pushed the wheelchair along the trail we always had at least 3 people with hands on the chair. In the steep sections there would be 4 people. Two pushing and 2 pulling. We didn’t want anything to happen to Sam, and we didn’t want the Safety Police turning us all around.

Enjoy Your Moment

I love the trail to Delicate Arch because you can’t see the arch in the distance. You don’t realize you are there until you round the last corner and boom. You are greeted with the reward for all your efforts. As we rounded the last corner and saw the Delicate Arch the crowd of people hanging out there began clapping and cheering our efforts.

Our happy moment.

When Sam’s mom began to cry while explaining how they had never been able to do anything like that as a family. We all cried. Even the strangers we had met on the trail were crying. It was such a special moment for everyone.

So is Delicate Arch Wheelchair accessible? You bet it is. You’ll need a crew of helpers and a special off-road wheelchair.

CategoriesMeet Our Families

Meet the Barton Family

Meet the Barton Family

One cool wheelchair brings the WHOLE family together for family time.

In a lot of ways, Tyler Barton is your average 12-year-old boy. He likes to have fun. He likes to be outside, and he loves spending time with his family. 

But for the past 12 years, being together outdoors as a family rarely meant the entire family was together. 

“In the past, it’s always been a situation where somebody has to wait in the car with Tyler, or we had to leave Tyler at home,” his mom, Janette, said. 

Tyler was born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a disorder that causes a premature fusion of the bones in the skull. Over his short life, Tyler has had more than 30 surgeries. In one of his first brain surgeries, a bleed created long-term effects on Tyler’s motor skills. 

But that hasn’t held Tyler back. “He’s a super stud who loves to do a lot of things,” Tyler’s dad, Joe, said. “He’s the toughest person I know.” 

The “Cool Wheelchair” 

The Barton Family lives an active lifestyle filled with sports and hiking, pastimes that can be difficult or impossible in an average wheelchair. 

“In a regular wheelchair, it has even been hard for us to get through grass at a baseball game,” Janette said. “Which is why we get to ride in the cool wheelchair.”

The “cool wheelchair” is Tyler’s Emma X3 off road wheelchair. With its all terrain wheelchair tires and long, narrow design, the X3 can travel over difficult terrain with ease. And it’s a smooth ride for Tyler. 

“We can do trail hikes. We can go rock climbing. We can go over hills, in the mud, over weeds, and we have fun,” Joe said. 

Family Time Means Together Time

On a recent family trip through Arizona, the Bartons stopped off to enjoy a scenic overlook at Horshoe Bend. The whole family was excited to experience some of nature’s most beautiful handiwork. 

Unfortunately, when the Bartons arrived, they saw that the short trail to the overlook was made of sand. 

“There was no way we could take the regular wheelchair. So, Mom and Tyler had to stay back at the parking lot while everyone else went up to the overlook. It was sad that we couldn’t all be together,” Joe said. 

With the Emma X3, the Bartons never have to spend family time apart again. 

“We recently went to a haunted hike for Halloween, and for the first time in 12 years we all got to go and experience the same experience,” Janette says. 

The hike promised to take the Bartons past werewolves and mummies, but the scariest obstacle was the terrain — a steep incline through trees and over rocks in the dark of the night. 

“We’ve never been able to go on a hike. Not even a little hike, and this was an extreme hike,” Joe said. “But we didn’t even have to worry about getting up there. The chair was super easy to push.”

With his “cool wheelchair” in tow, Tyler is ready to take on a world of new adventures. 

“It has opened up a lot more opportunities for us to be able to go as a family and experience some of the things that we’ve always wanted to show Tyler,” Janette said. 

Discover our groundbreaking all terrain manual wheelchair: The Emma X3. Adventure starts today!


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