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Sentencing For Operating Illegal Business In Park

Mesa Verde National Park

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On February 6th, Nancy Redpath, owner and operator of Imagine Tours out of Davis, California, pled guilty in federal court to illegally engaging in business in the park and to entering a designated fee area without paying the required fees or possessing applicable permits. Last August, Redpath, whose online company touts affordable outdoor adventures, was found to be operating a for-profit bicycle touring business in the park without a permit. She’d also failed to pay the established commercial tour fee required for such a venture. The rangers who came upon the activity conducted an investigation. They found that Imagine Tours has been in business for 18 years and that Redpath has organized and lead tours to local, state, federal and overseas locations for more than 27 years. During her initial appearance, Redpath pled guilty to both charges and was sentenced to pay a fine of $3,000 on the first count and a fine of $5,000 suspended for one year on the second count. She was also placed under unsupervised probation for that period of time. Organized bicycle groups are prohibited on all park roads in Mesa Verde National Park due to the narrow nature of the road, lack of road shoulders, poor condition of the pavement, and heavy vehicular traffic.


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