Twenty-one people have been cited for violating the shutdown-related closure at Grand Canyon National Park, but none appear to have topped the 1995 adventure of the "Sedona 5."
|Image: Ray Stern|
|North Kaibab trail|
We're still waiting to view the paperwork on the 21 suspected scofflaws, hoping their tales of idiotic bravado are worthy of relating to you. In the meantime, we invite you to take a trip down memory trail, back to the 1995 shutdown of the federal government which also involved a long, painful closure of the Grand Canyon. (Then-Governor Fife Symington sent in the National Guard as potential replacements for the furloughed park workers, but the feds rejected his offer.)
Mountain biking is always forbidden below the Grand Canyon's rim. But a contingent of five avid mountain bikers from Sedona decided the closure was the perfect opportunity for the adventure of a lifetime, and on November 19, 1995 set off -- loaded on pot and 'shrooms -- down the North Kaibab trail.More »