Man Banned From Grand Canyon After Arranging Illegal Tours In Fake Deals

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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. (ABC4) – An Arizona man is banned from Grand Canyon National Park for two years for arranging illegal backcountry park tours while receiving monetary payments.

Officials say William “Billy” Chandler Woods of Flagstaff, Ariz., pleaded guilty on April 8 to conducting unlicensed business operations in the remote backcountry of Grand Canyon National Park.

Beginning in November 2020, the National Park Service (NPS) investigated an allegation that Woods conducted a commercially guided hiking trip on the Colorado Plateau without a permit, according to court records.

Further investigation revealed that Woods had illegally advertised guided backcountry trips to the park under the company names Blue Marble Guide, Canyons and Chefs, Blue Marble Adventure Geotourism, LLC, and Red Rock Culinary.

Park staff previously warned Woods of his “illegal operation,” but he continued with them, a news release said.

Woods was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and is banned from Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area for the next two years.

The case was prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.

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