A man who was guiding backpack trips in Grand Canyon National Park without a permit has been fined and banned from visiting the park for a year.
Brian Thompson, 42, of Cottonwood, Arizona, also was banned from running any guiding trips, paid or unpaid, in national parks or national forests for a year, according to a park release.
The man was arrested on August 31 after he received payment to guide a multi-day backpacking trip into the canyon, the release said.
On September 12 Mr. Thompson appeared in the U.S. District Court of Arizona and pleaded guilty to violating Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 5.3, Engaging in Business without a Permit.
As a result, he was ordered to pay a $200 fine and was sentenced to a one year term of probation, during which time he is banned from Grand Canyon National Park, cannot provide tours or guiding services (paid or unpaid) in any national park or national forest, and cannot advertise that he conducts tours or guiding services in national forests or national parks.