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Tour Operator Pleads Guilty to Operating Without a Permit in Zion National Park

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Date: December 31, 2010
Contact: Ray O'Neal, 423-772-7823

On October 12, 2010, Daryl Gariglio, owner and operator of Grand-Adventures.com of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty to the charge of engaging in a business operation in Zion National Park without a permit. The U.S. Magistrate in St. George, Utah, fined Gariglio and banned him from entering the park for six months.

Earlier in the summer, a park visitor contacted the park and reported that he had been on a commercially guided trip with Grand-Adventures.com. The visitor said that the guide asked him to tell a fee ranger at an entrance station that the group was a family not involved in a commercial trip. This report resulted in an undercover operation in which two park rangers booked a trip with Grand-Adventures.com.

Gariglio’s activities would have been legal had the appropriate commercial use authorization been obtained. Information on procedures and requirements to obtain a commercial use authorization can be found on the Zion National Park website at http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/commerical-use-authorizations-2011.htm

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