This week as I explored @zionnps , @brycecanyonnps_gov & Kodachrome Utah State Park, I was thinking about what the term “accessible” really means— particularly in an outdoor recreation context.
There’s really only so much that can be done to make a trail accessible without altering the purpose and nature of the experience.
Some hikes, trails, and routes will just never be fully wheelchair-accessible. And to me, that’s okay. I wouldn’t want Park trail builders to destroy part of a beautifully preserved 1,000+ years old natural wonder just to put in an elevator so I could prove my “independence” and see what’s left of it for myself.
Personally, I’m happy with the one or two partially-paved trails and the drive-up lookout points. And if someday I hear of an irresistible vista that would be impossible to reach on my own, I’ll ask for help to get there. There are few things in life that are actually one-person tasks anyway.