Man banned from Grand Canyon after posing as backcountry guide | Williams-Grand Canyon News

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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — A man has pleaded guilty to conducting unlicensed business operations in the remote backcountry of Grand Canyon National Park, following an investigation by the National Park Service (NPS).

William “Billy” Chandler Woods of Flagstaff, Arizona, pleaded guilty on April 8 and 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.

Court documents show that in November 2020, the NPS investigated an initial allegation that Woods conducted a commercially guided backpacking trip on the Colorado Plateau without a permit. Further investigation revealed that Woods had illegally advertised guided backcountry trips to the park under the company names Blue Marble Guides, Canyons and Chefs, Blue Marble Adventure Geotourism, LLC, and Red Rock Culinary. Woods had already been contacted and warned by park staff about his illegal operation, but continued with his activities.

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

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) are required for all guided activities for commercial purposes, including backcountry hiking, that result in compensation, monetary gain, benefit, or profit in the national park of the Grand Canyon and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. A CUA must be obtained prior to any commercial use in the backcountry. CUAs do not include activities related to guided packrafting, rock climbing, canyoning or any other off-trail use.

To obtain a business permit or for more information about business regulations in Grand Canyon National Park, email [email protected] or visit www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/cua. htm.htm.

For more information on CUAs in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, please contact the Commercial Use Permissions Coordinator at (928) 608-6325.

Information provided by the NPS

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