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Don't Bring Your Drone to Yosemite This Summer

Jo Piazza
Managing Editor
May 6, 2014

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Yosemite National Park in California has officially announced that drones are no longer welcome in their picturesque park. 

Yes, drones. 

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Hard-core scenery peepers and climbers have actually been bringing the unmanned aircrafts to the park in recent years, using them to capture dynamic photos and videos high above the waterfalls and Giant Sequoia groves—essentially taking robot-generated selfies.

According to a release from park management:

“The park has experienced an increase in visitors using drones within park boundaries over the last few years. Drones have been witnessed filming climbers ascending climbing routes, filming views above tree-tops, and filming aerial footage of the park. Drones can be extremely noisy, and can impact the natural soundscape. Drones can also impact the wilderness experience for other visitors creating an environment that is not conducive to wilderness travel.”

The park warns that "visitors traveling to the park should be aware that the use of drones is prohibited while visiting the park and should not be utilized at any time."

You heard it here first. Leave your drone at home.