The use of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as UAS or drones, is restricted in Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon.
Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon are popular destinations for visitors and are highly managed by the Forest Service due to popularity, predictable effects to natural resources and property, user conflicts and health and safety considerations, according to a media release from Coronado National Forest.
The prohibition has been put in place to address concerns with noise disruptions, negative aesthetics, damage to plants and wildlife upon landing, and the possibility of a drone crashing into a person.
The ban applies to “Launching and recovering of Unmanned Aviation Systems and other model aircraft; as defined by FAA Circular 91-57A “Model Aircraft Operating Standards” dated January 11, 2016.”
It will work toward meeting current and future management goals for the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area and Bear Canyon.