ZION NATIONAL PARK – Steven Sieren was convicted for engaging in a business operation in Zion National Park without a permit and paid a $500 fine.
After receiving a tip about a potential permit violation, park rangers apprehended Sieren as he was attempting to obtain a permit for a trip into “The Subway,” a popular canyon route. Sieren initially denied allegations that he was operating in a commercial capacity, claiming that he was traveling with friends. He later admitted to rangers that he was indeed operating a paid photography workshop.
Sieren was convicted on Dec. 4, 2012, for engaging in a business operation on federal wilderness land without a permit. He paid a $500 fine and may be denied a Commercial Use Authorization in the future.
Commercial guiding and other business operations in wilderness are prohibited by federal law; 90 percent of Zion National Park is managed as wilderness. Certain commercial activities are permitted in nonwilderness areas of the park, but all require a Commercial Use Authorization.
More information about permits can be found on the Zion National Park website.
Submitted by: Zion National Park