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Henrysol
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I going to visit Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks next week.  I was dissapointed when realized that it can not be possible due to the new regulation.  

Is there no possibility to fly a drone over these areas?
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Hurley1718
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You are correct in that there pretty much is no way around it. The only thing you can do is grab a national park map of the 2 areas and maybe visit areas that are just outside the park boundaries. I know both these locations and there are beautiful things to film outside those parks. Good luck and safe flying.
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ro_flyer
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You can operate your drone from outside the parks, and fly over the parks without braking the rules
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Paul_IA
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All of the national parks are off limits. You can take off from outside the park and fly into it legally, but you can't take off from within the park itself. However, there's a ton of places out by Yellowstone where you can fly in the national forests (Washaki, Shoshone, etc.). There's a couple of national forests out by Grand Canyon as well.

For me, I try to not to fly at any of the tourist hot spots. People are there to enjoy the view with their families and having a drone buzzing around can be annoying. In the national forests, you can get some really breathtaking views and not run into a human for miles. I go to Colorado every year for a week just to fly and there are so many remote places to fly that I don't even miss not being able to fly in RMNP.
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coloradoskier
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At the Grand Canyon, you have the addition of numerous helicopters to watch out for. I doubt you could get close enough to the border of the park and still have something to fly to like you want anyway.
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FYI you can fly in National Forest. Or like has been suggested, stand just outside of the NP boundary and fly in. Just no landing or taking off from inside the NP. DON'T do it in National Park, especially over the Grand Canyon or you will get fined or banned if you post your footage.

https://www.nationalparkstravele ... be-barred-life-park
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It is I suppose disappointing , but I wonder while visiting Yosemite National Park there were 500 drones in the sky , how would you feel, do you not think this would have a very negative effect on the experience of those visiting Yosemite National Park.

It is not impossible to film in national parks in the US, but first you must be licensed you then must have a purpose to fly and then apply to the necessary bodies for permission and a wavier to fly.

I believe in the protection of national parks monuments etc being protected for those who will come after us .
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ro_flyer Posted at 4-6 10:10
You can operate your drone from outside the parks, and fly over the parks without braking the rules

From everything I have read, true.  However, what I have not read is if something goes wrong and your drone lands or crashes inside National Park.  Drone confiscated?  Pilot charged?  Guilty until you prove yourself innocent?

You would hope it would be treated as a case of No wrongful or malicious intent.  But these are Feds we are talking about.  Feds that have been known to abuse their authority.
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HedgeTrimmer Posted at 4-7 12:50
From everything I have read, true.  However, what I have not read is if something goes wrong and your drone lands or crashes inside National Park.  Drone confiscated?  Pilot charged?  Guilty until you prove yourself innocent?

You would hope it would be treated as a case of No wrongful or malicious intent.  But these are Feds we are talking about.  Feds that have been known to abuse their authority.

That's a good question... (that I hope we never have to find out!)
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HedgeTrimmer Posted at 4-7 12:50
From everything I have read, true.  However, what I have not read is if something goes wrong and your drone lands or crashes inside National Park.  Drone confiscated?  Pilot charged?  Guilty until you prove yourself innocent?

You would hope it would be treated as a case of No wrongful or malicious intent.  But these are Feds we are talking about.  Feds that have been known to abuse their authority.

I believe crash landings are considered the same as safe landing - if the drone touches the ground inside the park and you don't have permission then you will be fined.
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