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Last updated 11:07PM ET
December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Illegal Tours Given At Mesa Verde Exposed
(2008-01-04)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A man illegally leading tours of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum in Mesa Verde National Park in July has plead guilty to several charges.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports:

SARAH: Scott Raymond Sorenson manager and sole employee of Ranger Led Tours LLC gave illegal tours in Mesa Verde National Park.
According to the National Park Service, Sorenson claimed he had been a park ranger at Grand Canyon National Park and had over 20 years of experience in National Park tours, guiding and customer service. It was later discovered he had never been a park ranger.
On a four-person tour in Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum lead by Sorenson, one visitor paid nearly $100 for the tour saying it was a great deal.
Sorenson possessed a Colorado state Luxury Limousine Certificate and claimed he was unaware of any other permits needed to conduct tours within Mesa Verde.
Ranger Led Tours had only been in business for two weeks, which Sorenson had hoped to make well over $35,000 for the summer of 2007.
Sorenson has plead guilty to failing to pay required fees, engaging in business operations in park areas not in accordance with a permit or contract and providing false information for his claim of having been a National Park Service park ranger.
This is the second illegal commercial use case prosecuted by Mesa Verde National park in two years.

From KSUT, I'm Sarah Baumgartner.
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