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Monday, March 27, 2006

Monument Valley, Zion Called Accessible Treasures

MiamiHerald.com has an interesting article about great landmark, natural parks and natural areas that can accommodate people with disabilities. Writers Steve Wright And Heidi Johnson-Wright describe 10 spots they call barrier-free (Hope) diamonds in the rough.

Here’s an excerpt about Monument Valley: “Visitors with disabilities can drink in the stark beauty of the Mittens, Merrick Butte and many other formations from the wheelchair-accessible visitor center with its multi-level outdoor observation platforms. For the red dust under your fingernails experience, tour the valley floor with a Navajo guide. While wheelers can ride in the wagon caravan being pulled along, a gentler ride can be had in the cab of the pick-up truck next to the guide.”

And one about Zion National Park: “As national parks go, Zion is perhaps the most accessible park of Utah's natural treasures. It has the best wheelchair access and most barrier-free trails. The Lower Emerald Pools Trail provides both the best views and most challenging inclines of the bunch. Visitors taking the paved one-mile trail may be treated to glimpses of mule deer and wild turkeys. The trail's occasional steep inclines eventually bring hikers several hundred feet from the canyon bottom.”

Read the complete article

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