Flying Drones In National Parks | Hidden Document!

Flying Drones In National Parks | Hidden Document!

Flying drones in national parks is a no-no in most places! Let’s look into the places that NPS allows you to fly and where they don’t. A recent phone call with an NPS representative is what prompted this video. Here are a couple of hidden documents that he shared with me! Here you can see a list of National Parks.


NPS Index:

With the growing popularity of drones, there are many people wanting to fly pretty much everywhere. But there are some places that are off-limits to flying in. Make sure that you are flying in locations that you are permitted to!

If you want to see some of the gear that I use, click below:

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

If you would like to donate to my channel, click the link below.

And if you want to send me something…
Jay Malone
P.O. 183
Corning, AR 72422

I am a photographer and drone pilot, and I enjoy posting drone footage, photography & photoshop tutorials, as well as drone and tech-related videos!

Please Consider Subscribing

Instagram: @jay_malone
Twitter: @jaysphoto


  1. Jake Gleim on July 27, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    God Bless you Jay and thank you for the informative video. Subscribed and looking forward to more of your videos.

  2. Scott Heinz on July 27, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    This is totally ridiculous. No drones in National Parks. I was at Yellowstone not to long ago and a biker group was riding through the park. Way more noisy than any small drone. The FAA should have full jurisdiction over this. As a Part 107 certificate holder I operate responsibly. 107 certificate holders should be able to at least get a day permit or something. Our tax dollars pay for these parks.

  3. YoErickTv on July 27, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Hey Jay, I just bought a day pass for a national park here in Quebec, Canada and my plan was to go fly my drone there today. Thank God I saw your video cause…. Yeah, would have been a bad day. Thanks for sharing this info. Cheers!

  4. TAPP Channel on July 27, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    can you fly over the park if you’ll take off and land outside of the park??

  5. sonicpro312 on July 27, 2021 at 9:08 pm


  6. Treetop Flyer on July 27, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks for posting this, Jay!
    I will be sure to post this video AND the link to the .pdf in my personal FP page on drone hobby

  7. Edgar Diaz on July 27, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Going on a road trip from Montana to Wyoming in August and hitting multiple national parks. Going to take the Mavic Mini and hope for the best. Only going to aim for vertical shots and 360 degree panarama as to try and me as inconspicuous as possible and keep my flight path as small and as close to me as possible…

  8. bing err on July 27, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Is a National Forest run by the US Forest Service?

  9. Lena Dunne on July 27, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    HI Jay, I was looking to at getting a drone for my husband for his kayak and nature vacation. We fallowed a fews of your video but don’t seem to understand why that guy got a ticket when it not or your list of Nationnal Park fom the NPS website. Is any wildlife excursion off limit to drone?

  10. savage2680 on July 27, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    My drone is my emotional support drone and does what it pleases.

  11. VeritasSuperarachnid on July 27, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    let’s all just avoid such places and then we can all be happy. there are plenty of videos to watch that the parks pay to have made. Keep It Simple!! Peace & Love

  12. Bob Smith on July 27, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    You may "operate" a drone. Discouraging is still irrelevant. The FAA controls airspace. NPS has no jurisdiction in airspace.

  13. George Frrokaj on July 27, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    You might be one of the more responsible people to fly a drone, however, there are many irresponsible people who disregard the ecological environment to get good footage, because of these people it is illegal and shall remain rightfully so, fly responsibly.

  14. LoneGRo on July 27, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Buying a drone isn’t even worth it now a days. We should boycott and get these laws fixed…

  15. Jeff on July 27, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Jay, great information.
    The San Gabriel Mountains have recently designated a national monument and are controlled by the forest service. I looked on every web site I can find on that area and can not find any drone restrictions for the San Gabriel Mountains, do you know of any?

  16. level90 on July 27, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    411 missing pll. Search!

  17. Henk van der Molen on July 27, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Rape behave occupy become agency rather episode relatively.

  18. Luis Bartolo on July 27, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    I get the safety part but let’s be honest they don’t want you to find Bigfoot or dogman or any other paranormal events

  19. Rick Sanchez on July 27, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    If I throw my phone or catapult it do I need a certificate? Because technically it would be flying xD

  20. folepi22 on July 27, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    I see nothing in the second pdf that would allow flying. Did I miss something?

  21. Garrick Boyd on July 27, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    What’s the title of the document that has a bad link?

  22. EXPLORTHEARTH on July 27, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    People disappear in National Parks soo yea why not fly drones in NPs we can catch some strange footage.

  23. level90 on July 27, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    They hiding BIG FOOT!

  24. Cora Yeakel on July 27, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Awesome video!

  25. mike6foot5 on July 27, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Jay, I’ve watched a number of your videos and I LIKE them! 🙂 I’d like to get some tips from you on how you got started and set things up. I have questions like: 1) How did you start your YouTube site and upload your first video? 2) How did you set up your best location for lighting and sound? 3) What are you using for your video editing, adding text, etc.? 4) I’m sure there are many other things I’d like to know, but I’ll leave it at this for now. You could certainly add things you feel are important for someone just starting out. (By the way, what I want to start with is reading kids books and showing the pictures as I read. Any thoughts on that?)

  26. FITO Productions on July 27, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    nice conetent👍

  27. Heartfelt Productions on July 27, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Great video on flying drones in National Parks! I am a certified 107 drone pilot as well, videographer, and photographer, and vlogger. I definitely will be watching more videos on your page!

  28. Therese Röthel on July 27, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Please kids, grow up and take your toy to an appropriate drone park. Don’t disturb the peace, privacy and safety of others. Thanks

  29. Outdoors with Dale on July 27, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Great Info. Have you done any research on the possibly of using drones on the Appalachian Trail. I would love to use mine to get some great selfie shots, but it’s my understanding that drones are not allowed on the trail.

  30. Christopher Stewart on July 27, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    What about the Forest service? I want to fly in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington this weekend and I am having trouble finding information on if they are ok with it. I did check and there’s no red outline that says I can’t fly there. Thank you for the help and making these videos!

  31. SC Aerials - Steve Carpenter on July 27, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Jay, thanks for this very informative video. I’m headed for the link you provided to checkout the other 146 locations you can fly!

  32. Jake M on July 27, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    In Acadia all of the lakes and ponds and ocean out to a certain distance are regulated by the state . Can’t speak for any other park

  33. MadScience Media on July 27, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Thank’s for this info. subscribed. don’t see links though.

  34. NETWizzJbirk on July 27, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    homeless but a drone owner?

  35. Roger Ford on July 27, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks for the useful information. I appreciate your tracking it down.

  36. Carl Meibergen on July 27, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Jay, as of today (Nov. 27 2018) the link for the ‘site designations’ is not active – I would be interested in reading more if you have an alternative link. Thanks for the video –

  37. Bill Porter on July 27, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    It is interesting to note that the designation of "National Monument" existing both within the National Park Service and the USFS.   The National Monuments management by the NPS are subject to the drone ban while the national monuments managed by the USFS and not subject to the NPS/Department of Interior regulations.   Case in point, Mt Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument is part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and is managed the USFS/Department of Agriculture.   Of course that does not mean they want have their own local make it up as they go rules.

  38. Sinue Medina on July 27, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    I’m going to saquoia next week. I’m taking my drone wish me good luck!!

  39. Khellendrose on July 27, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I think its ridiculous that parks are trying to ban drones. More often than not the drone is to high nothing can hear it.

    The way I see it, FAA has ultimate jurisdiction over what’s in the sky. And what’s worse, a drone flying into gorges, over cliffs etc or someone trying to perch on the edge of a cliff trying to get that selfie? Or tromping down into areas not safe when a drone is expendable and can do it while the person stays someplace safe.

  40. Vinh Ha on July 27, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks Sir, my story here me and my family was in vacation at Parks and swimming at beautiful river… I get on be4ufly app and check, it’s ok 2fly… so I did take a lots of pics and vids…. on my Spark , it’s my first drone ever.. and I was very new on drone wold hobby,, lol…. so this is right here, while I watch your vids, and I download Airmap… now the problem here, I going back as same place, but Airmap was not let me fly …!!! So but be4ufly app was ok…??? So I talk with the Ranger officer he was telling it’s ok I can fly and have some video at our river…!!! …. so if i get caught by another Sherrif or so… what should I do…??? Airmap not ok, be4ufly app ok… ranger officer ok…??? Man it confuses me…???

  41. Legion of Weirdos - ADHD & more - Christopher Mast on July 27, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Interesting! I have flown in a "no-no area" for California and have a funny story about almost getting caught. I don’t think I’d try an actual National Park.

  42. Tom Power Vlogs on July 27, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Hey Jay how u doing ? Just one question I seen a video yesterday with Logan Paul an his crew where filming at Yosemite National Park an I seen some amazing footage from above multipal times from above how can they do it an we get in trouble for flying there ? It never showed who was flying there just the footage but someone was at the controls .Check out the amazing footage here the link

  43. Fun Channel Yang on July 27, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    May as well return my drone, seems like i cant even fly anywhere, too many damn laws.

  44. Luis Alberto cortes on July 27, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    The Best JAY 🦅👍🏼

  45. Mar S on July 27, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Post Malone

  46. Brooks Carroll on July 27, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    So what if I post a video flying in a national park, even if I took off outside the park and landed outside the park, could I still be in danger of getting fined?

  47. omoussalli on July 27, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Excellent video

  48. Glenda Sutton on July 27, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    I just got 2 drones one is x5c-1 and the other 1is u845w ufo drone and I just play with them in my yard so do I need to reschedule them

Leave a Comment