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Someone Flew A Drone High Above Utah And Captured The Most Breathtaking Footage

When drones became popular several years ago, we began to see some incredible footage taken in some of Utah’s more remote spots, including national parks. Unfortunately, some drone operators were very disruptive, flying their drones over the heads of visitors, and disturbing the wildlife in the area. As a result, the National Park Service issued this press release on August 20, 2014. It bans all drone activity in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments. Other press releases cover the rest of the national parks in the country.

The drone footage below was shot by YouTube user Nathan Wynn (user name vyoufinder). The footage was shot and posted to YouTube prior to the ban. Mr. Wynn noted that he never shot footage in places currently occupied by people (you’ll notice that this footage does not include the most popular places in Arches National Park). In comments on his video, Mr. Wynn states that he actually agrees with the ban, because of the reckless attitude of many drone operators and the need to keep peace and quiet in our national parks so that everyone may enjoy them.

Because our national parks are so vast, and cover some difficult terrain, many Utahns will never see these places in person. Luckily, a few responsible, professional filmmakers were able to capture some stunning footage to share. We’re grateful to Nathan Wynn for sharing his talents.

Flying a drone in a national park results in fines of up to $1,000. Please enjoy this footage, and leave your own drone at home when you visit these gorgeous Utah places in person.

It’s amazing what can be captured using a drone. Check out this footage of a Utah flash flood.

Catherine Armstrong
Catherine is a lifelong resident of Utah. She's a writer, researcher and observer of the human condition.