Carlsbad Caverns bans drones, model planes

Carlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Carlsbad Caverns National Park is now banning on drones and model airplanes.

According to officials anyone caught using them within the park’s boundaries could face fines and even jail time.

The national park service director ordered all parks back in June to take steps to prohibit the use of the increasingly popular aircrafts that are often used to take photos and videos.

Other national parks in the southwest like Canyonlands, The Arches, Grand Canyon, Bandalier National Monument and Zion have also recently enacted bans. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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