Yellowstone National Park News

Jul 22, 2011 10:39 AM by Adam Bell

Wisconsin students visit Yellowstone as park aims to make itself more accessible for people with disabilities

More than a million people from all over the world visit Yellowstone National Park during the summer, and on Thursday, one group of tourists were there that see the park from a slightly different angle.

Casey Stark and Megan Lynch came to Yellowstone from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater to conduct research, but they have a challenge - they are disabled and require wheelchairs to get around.

"I think that a person in a wheelchair should be able to see and do anything that a person that is not in a wheelchair can do," Lynch said.

That is just what the park is hoping for too.

The boardwalk at Norris Geyser Basin is being worked on to make this area of the park accessible to those in wheelchairs. This is just one of several areas that is handicap accessible in the park's effort to help everyone enjoy the nation's first national park.

"Yellowstone obviously wants to make its resources available for everyone, and so with the boardwalk system, we have such an expansive boardwalk system of 14 miles or so throughout the park. And so the more we can do to make that accessible to people with disabilities, is pretty much a primary goal for us right now," said Dan Hottle of Yellowstone.

"Everything is pretty, like I haven't ever not looked out the window and not seen something beautiful," Lynch said.

"We've been able to go to so many places and see so many things. It's just been really like breathtaking," Stark said.

It's the park's hope that more people like these Wisconsin students can enjoy all of the beauty the park has to offer.

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