Rancher wants to stop Skywalk's bypass road use

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 7 at 6:09 PM

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A dude rancher has filed a notice of appeal with federal authorities to stop the use of a bypass road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Grand Canyon Ranch Resort owner Nigel Turner claims the road for alternative access to the Skywalk is unnecessary because two other routes already exist.

Turner's notice of appeal delivered Wednesday to the Bureau of Land Management's field office in Kingman also claims the bypass road has destroyed more than 13,000 Joshua trees and disturbed some ancient tribal burial grounds.

The Hualapai Tribe operates the Skywalk, which opened in 2007.

The tribe received a federal permit to create a three-quarter-mile dirt route that will run adjacent to Turner's property.

The road allows tourists to avoid a fee Turner had imposed to drive through his property.

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