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Guide service in Zion National Park nets fine

Published January 31, 2013 9:46 am

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Rangers at Zion National Park have fined a photographer accused of offering guided tours for profit.

Steven Sieren paid a $500 fine for operating a business in the park without a license, according to a press release from park managers.

The press release said rangers received a tip about Sieren operating a commercial business in the park and contacted him as he was attempting to buy a permit to hike The Subway.

"He later admitted to investigating rangers that he was operating an advertised commercial photography workshop in the park and was planning on leading one into the wilderness," the press release states.

Rangers issued the fine on Dec. 4.

Sieren runs a website with a lot of photos of Zion. As of Friday, his website also advertised photography workshops in national parks in California.

Here is a tip for anyone wanting to pay for a guided tour of a national park: Ask the guide if he or she is properly licensed.

— Nate Carlisle

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