Cyclists Ride Through Grand Canyon, Booted from Parks
If you're going to do something illegal, you really shouldn't post pictures of it on a web site.
That's what three guys who are riding from Alaska to South America, in the name of environmentalism, did after cruising through Grand Canyon National Park. The only problem, though, was that you're not allowed to ride off-road in the park.
When rangers saw the pictures on the trio's website, Riding the Spine, they tracked them down to Tuscon and busted them. According to a story posted on KVOA TV's web site, the three pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to illegally bike and camp inside the Grand Canyon, camping inside the Grand Canyon without a backcountry permit, and illegally bicycling on the trails below the rim.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark E. Aspey sentenced them to 48 hours in jail, a $500 penalty to be paid to a search and rescue group, and five years probation. They are banned from national parks during their probation.
As part of their sentence, the trio posted a story on their web site about bicycle rules in the Grand Canyon.