Colorado Drone Laws

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To date, there are no pending drone laws in Colorado.

9 comments on “Colorado Drone Laws
  1. Mike Will says:

    I have been using my drone to help a high school marching band get ready for state competition. Not for gain, as a hobbyists. Just wanted to make sure I am legal.

  2. Kit dines says:

    As far as I know if you are filming a marching band and everyone knows that it’s you flying it and people are okay with it then it’s fine. Just pay attention to common sense things and watch out for people that might be frustrated at you flying it. if they have a problem go talk to them and tell them an honest reason what your doing and usually they’ll understand

  3. tim says:

    What are the laws regarding using a drone for commercial photography? Such as outdoor mountain sports, or real estate listings?

    • Alex says:

      I know for sure that you cannot be flying in or over any National Forests, and same goes for airports. Im not exactly sure about airports but being near them Im sure you would need clearance to do so. If you are also going to be doing FPV you need to be able to maintain unobstructed eye sight with it, or have someone with you who can.

  4. Tracy says:

    I’m thinking of getting my son this product for Christmas –
    Are there any laws we need to be aware of? Thanks!

  5. Ron says:

    What about Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas?

    Since I border these areas, can I shoot it down if it crosses onto my property?


    • Boo-Hoo says:

      Can I shoot your dog for coming on to my land?

    • Ezra Ekman says:

      Deer Trail, a town in Colorado, considered a proposal to allow this, but it was voted down last year. Furthermore, the FAA had this to say about it:

      A drone “hit by gunfire could crash, causing damage to persons or property on the ground, or it could collide with other objects in the air,” the FAA said in a statement. “Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane.”

      Can you shoot down a drone or UAV? Sure. You’ll then probably be subsequently cited/charged with a crime, and sued by the owner of the UAV, plus anyone injured or sustaining damage to their property as a result of the UAV falling to the ground.

  6. Angel Andres says:

    Hi everyone,

    hopefully this helps answer a lot of your questions:

    At this time, this website is showing state-specific laws and not federal laws, regulations & rules. National Forest land, airspace near airports and so on are regulated by the U.S. Federal Government, more specifically the FAA. In fact, experts in this field expect the FAA to simply preempt most states rules when the FAA eventually creates their own rules.


    … just because a state hasn’t enacted a law, rule or regulation doesn’t mean that a specific type of drone (UAS) operation is allowed and;

    …just because a state has enacted a law, rule or regulation, doesn’t mean that it will be a valid rule after the FAA creates their own.

    Hope that helps!

    -Angel Andres
    -Private Pilot, IFR

    (P.S. by the FAA “creating their own rules” I mean that the FAA has gone through the legal process of publishing the rule in the Federal Register)

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