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Man accused of lying about large group hike at Grand Canyon

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.

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