FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – A Washington state man is accused of defying federal regulations by organizing a large group hike at the Grand Canyon.
A complaint filed this week in U.S. Magistrate Court in Flagstaff alleges Joseph Don Mount took more than 150 people to the canyon in October for a rim-to-rim hike.
A special use permit is required for groups of 12-30 people in normal years. Larger groups aren’t allowed, even if they split up.
The park has further restricted group sizes during the pandemic.
Mount did not return a message from The Associated Press on Thursday.
He’s scheduled for a court hearing later this month.