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Recreational Drone Use Defined

Recreational drone users are advised to review newly-approved regulations below for use within the Town of Vail including a map designating restricted areas.

To operate a drone in Vail, these devices must:

  • Be flown below a maximum altitude of 400 feet above the ground
  • Weigh no more than 55 pounds at the time of operation, inclusive of equipment, payload and fuel
  • Be flown within the visual line of sight of the person operating the drone
  • Not be operated over any person not directly involved in the operation

Restricted areas include the pedestrian areas of Vail Village, Lionshead Village, including the town-owned parking structures in both Vail and Lionshead, Ford Park and the area immediately surrounding the Vail Valley Medical Center Heli-Port, including West Meadow Drive.

Town of Vail Drone Usage Map

Download UAV Drone Prohibited Use Areas Map Here


For questions, contact Cmdr. Craig Bettis at 970-479-2352 or cbettis@vailgov.com.

Contact Info

Vail Police
General Information

Dwight Henninger
Vail Police Chief

Craig Bettis
Operations Commander

Daric Harvey
Administrative Commander

Marc Wentworth
Vail Public Safety Communications Center Director