Grand Canyon group hike prompts court complaint for defying rules

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Grand Canyon National Park is shown in this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — 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.

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