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Court documents show that in November 2020, the NPS investigated an initial allegation that Woods organized a commercially-guided backpacking trip on the Colorado Plateau without a permit. Further investigation revealed Woods illegally advertised guided trips in the park’s backcountry under the company names of Blue Marble Guides, Canyons and Chefs, Blue Marble Adventure Geotourism, LLC, and Red Rock Culinary. Woods had been previously contacted and warned by park staff regarding his illegal operation but continued his activities. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.
Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) are required for all commercially-guided activities, including backcountry hiking, that results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit within Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. A CUA must be obtained prior to any commercial backcountry use. CUAs do not include activities related to guided packrafting, climbing, canyoneering, or other off-trail use.
To obtain a commercial permit or for more information about commercial regulations in Grand Canyon National Park, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/cua.htm. For more information on CUAs within Glen Canyon National Recreation area, please contact the Commercial Use Authorizations Coordinator at 928-608-6325.
Last updated: April 26, 2022