Can You Fly a Drone in Sedona?

Situated near Flagstaff, Sedona is a desert region in Arizona with forests, canyons, and buttes. It’s beloved as much for its natural beauty as for its arts.

If you’ve always wanted to visit Sedona and you’re finally making it happen, naturally, you may wonder – can you bring your drone with you?

Can you fly a drone in Sedona?

You can fly a drone throughout much of Sedona but not in Wilderness Areas or Sedona Airport and Flagstaff Pulliam Airport. You’re also required to follow FAA guidelines when in the skies.

If you have a trip to Sedona in the cards, this is the article for you.

In it, we’ll discuss in-depth whether you can use a drone in this part of Arizona, highlight all the off-limits areas, and go over Arizona’s flight rules.

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Can you fly a drone in Sedona?

Under Public Law 112-95, Section 336 and the FAA, commercial and recreational pilots can operate a drone in Sedona.

However, the desert town has a lot of off-limits places, so let’s review.


Sedona is only 18.31 square miles, yet still contains several airports. One is the aptly-named Sedona Airport, and the other is Flagstaff Pulliam Airport.

As a drone pilot, you’re prohibited from flying within five nautical miles of an airport. Given the tiny size of Sedona, this will make planning flight routes difficult but not impossible.

Military bases

Across Sedona’s borders, you’ll find a couple of military bases. These too can complicate your flight plans, as you’re not allowed within five nautical miles of a military base either.

Wilderness Areas

Drones are strictly prohibited in Wilderness Areas throughout the United States. That’s been the case since 1964, when the Wilderness Act went into effect.

The goal of that act is to prohibit industrialization that prevents designated areas from existing that solely protect wildlife and nature.

Sedona has two Wilderness Areas, Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness and Munds Mountain Wilderness.

Neither area is small. The Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness is 47,195 acres, while Munds Mountain Wilderness is 18,150 acres.

Designated Primitive Areas

Further, Sedona law restricts drone access in designated Primitive Areas.

The United States Forest Service once used these lands, which have since mostly converted to Wilderness Areas. 

Other restricted airspace

Always use a drone map when operating your UAV in Sedona. The above areas all constitute restricted airspace, but other restrictions could exist throughout the town.

Also, stay vigilant for temporary flight restrictions, which only affect your drone plans for a limited time but are still enforceable.

4 fantastic places to fly a drone in Sedona

Although Sedona restricts drone access to many places throughout the town, if you know where to look, you’ll find an exceptional selection of spots where you can take breathtaking footage.

Here are some of our favorites.

West Fork Oak Creek Trail

About 9.5 miles from Sedona is the West Fork Oak Creek Trail. As you stroll along the trailhead, you’ll spot canyons, a stream, and cliffs.

The buttes here are a trademark red, and when autumn arrives in Arizona, the fall foliage will take your breath away.

Charge up your drone battery, as you’ll surely want to stay here for a while!

Devil’s Bridge Trail

Venture out to Yavapai County to hike the Devil’s Bridge Trailhead.

Only moderately difficult, the entire hike (round trip) is 1.8 miles, so you won’t have to sweat it out too much if you’re trying to look professional for a drone project.

The route takes you across sandstone arches, so you’ll have lots to film or photograph here.

Schnebly Hill Vista

Along Schnebly Hill, you’ll find a vista with a clearance area to witness the beauty of Sedona.

While the Schnebly Hill Vista isn’t all that far from the Munds Mountain Wilderness, it’s well outside of the wilderness boundary line.

Many drone pilots have flown here before, so you shouldn’t have to stress about restrictions. If anything, keep in mind that the crowds here can be rather plentiful.

Since it’s often such a populated area, consider scheduling your drone flight either earlier or later in the day to avoid the crowds.

Courthouse Butte

We also recommend exploring Courthouse Butte while you’re staying in Sedona. The butte near Oak Creek in Yavapai County is just a bit southward of Sedona. The peak of the butte is 5,454 feet.

You don’t have to ascend that high up, of course. That’s what you have your drone for!

You can take some aerial shots of the tall, tree-lined butte that will make a fantastic addition to your portfolio.

Drone operation rules to know before visiting Sedona

With your plane tickets and hotels booked, it’s time to jet off to stunning, warm Sedona.

Before your plane touches down, make sure you’re privy to the following drone rules, which apply to Arizona as a whole.

Do not launch your drone closer than 328 feet to wildlife

Sedona drone law prohibits drone pilots from vertically approaching birds or animals with their UAVs.

Further, you cannot launch your drone any closer than 328 feet or 100 meters from local wildlife.

It’s no secret that drone exposure can cause unfortunate behavior in wildlife, including aggression and sometimes even abandoning their young.

Do your part to preserve Sedona’s great wildlife!

Have your drone license and registration ready

As a safe drone pilot, you must have a current drone license and an active registration (as required), both issued by the FAA or another body with authority.

Let’s start by discussing your registration. Commercial pilots must register their drones, but it’s optional for recreational pilots, depending on the weight of their UAVs.

If your drone weighs 0.55 pounds or under, you don’t have to register it. For all other drones that require registration, you can register for up to three years.

Next, let’s go over licenses. Hobbyists must carry a TRUST certificate issued by the FAA after passing The Recreational UAS Safety Test.

That license doesn’t expire but don’t lose it on your trip to Sedona, or you’ll have to take the exam again.

Commercial pilots need the Part 107 license, aka the Remote Pilot Certificate. You can only obtain this license by passing the Part 107 exam administered by the FAA.

Your certificate is good for only two years, but you can recertify online for free.

Avoid critical facilities

Arizona drone law mandates that pilots fly no closer to critical facilities than 250 vertical feet and 500 horizontal feet.

Examples of these facilities include hospitals, courthouses, power plants, and water treatment facilities.

Do not interfere with emergency response efforts

When firefighters, police departments, and other emergency responders arrive on the scene, do not get in their way with your drone.

You could prevent people from receiving the life-saving services they need!

Do not fly higher than 400 feet

You cannot operate your drone more than 400 feet from the ground throughout Arizona. It’s your responsibility to gauge the allowable height and fly your drone within that range.

Maintain a visual line of sight on your drone

You must also keep eyes on your drone the entire time you fly. If you operate your drone so far out of range that you can’t see it with the naked eye or when wearing contacts or glasses, you’re beyond VLOS range.

You must bring your drone back or operate it with a spotter who can watch it beyond your visual line of sight.

Do not fly your drone in inclement weather

Arizona is known for its hot and humid weather, but the sun can’t shine every day.

On those less-than-perfect days with strong winds and rain, refrain from operating your drone. The weather makes flying a UAV too dangerous.

You could also end up with a damaged, broken drone!

Sedona is a desert town in Arizona known for its towering buttes and appealing arts scene.

You can fly your drone here but must avoid designated Wilderness Areas, Primitive Areas, military bases, and airports.

Follow FAA drone rules when you take to the sky, and remember to avoid wildlife with your drone especially. Stay safe and have fun out there!

Can You Fly a Drone in Monument Valley?

Bordering Utah and Arizona, Monument Valley is a desert-like region with picturesque peaks and red sands.

The nearby Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is often a site for filming westerns, so of course, you want the clout of having gone there and filmed with your drone.

Can you fly a drone in Monument Valley?

You can fly a drone in Monument Valley, but you’re prohibited from entering Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park with your UAV. You’ll see signs discouraging the activity. Since Monument Valley is between two states, follow the drone laws for whichever state side you’re entering from.

This article is critical reading if you’re planning a trip to Monument Valley.

We’ll delve deeper into the existing laws in this area, including in Utah and Arizona, so you can fly without any legal snafus.

Can you fly a drone in Monument Valley?

Monument Valley on the Colorado Plateau is characterized by its trademark sandstone buttes.

On its grounds are the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which you’ll recall attracts so much attention because it makes a great scene for westerns. So too does parts of Monument Valley itself.

You can fly a drone in Monument Valley. Many pilots have captured inspiring overhead shots of the region.

Truly, that’s the best way to go, considering that you can only reach some areas of Monument Valley as part of a guided tour, like Hunts Mesa and Mystery Valley.

Before you plan a flight route, you should use your drone map to guide you. Stay out of restricted airspace and check your app each day to ensure no temporary flight restrictions have gone into effect in the area.

If you can, avoid traveling to Monument Valley during weather extremes like winter or summer.

The heat of summer days isn’t the greatest for your drone, and you can say the same about the deep chill of some colder winter days.

That said, in the winter, the temps don’t often drop below freezing.

Can you fly a drone in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park?

We’ve made it quite clear that in this area, the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is the big lure.

Recreational drone pilots want to fly here to say they’ve filmed in the same place that great westerns were shot. Commercial pilots might believe the area makes a great backdrop for their own similar projects.

Well, sorry to disappoint, but pilots cannot operate drones in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The Navajo Nation prohibits all aircraft, including drones, from all their park locations.

Yes, if you do some digging, you’ll see that the parks issue permits to private and commercial visitors, but that doesn’t apply to drone pilots.

The Navajo Nation says as much on its website:

“This is a Drone & Aircraft free Navajo Tribal Park area. Drones are prohibited within the Tribal Park areas and on Navajo Nation.”

There’s no sense in applying for a commercial permit, as you won’t get it. You’d just waste money, as you’d have to pay a processing fee priced at $100 to $250.

We couldn’t find any exceptions to this rule. Perhaps agency aircraft could operate, but not your average hobbyist or commercial drone pilot.

In case it’s not clear enough on the Navajo Nation website, you’ll likely see signs posted around Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park further cementing that you shouldn’t fly there.

We’d recommend using your drone app to ensure you don’t encroach on the park grounds as you use your drone around Monument Valley.

Arizona state drone laws to know before visiting Monument Valley

Since Monument Valley borders Arizona and Utah, you have two ways to enter the area.

Regardless of which side you come from, you’ll have to follow federal FAA drone laws, but each state also has its own respective drone laws to know.

Let’s go over those state laws, beginning with the laws in Arizona.

Avoid disorderly conduct with your drone

The Arizona bill SB 1449 from 2016 outlines the full extent of what the state considers disorderly conduct with a drone.

Here’s an overview:

  • You cannot use your drone too close to someone else’s property without their consent.
  • You cannot fly a drone too close to other people unless they grant you permission to do so.
  • You can’t use your drone with the intention of killing an animal. If it happens accidentally, while unfortunate, it doesn’t count as disorderly conduct.
  • You cannot operate your drone more than 500 feet horizontally or 250 feet vertically.
  • You can’t use your drone in any way deemed careless and/or reckless.
  • You must not get in the way of manned aircraft or first responders like police or firefighters when operating your drone.
  • You must have LAANC permission if required when flying a drone.
  • You cannot violate temporary flight restrictions or enter restricted airspace with your drone.
  • You cannot violate federal drone laws.

In any of these instances, proven violations will result in a Class I misdemeanor.

Although in some cases, you won’t incur any penalties when charged with a Class I misdemeanor, you could also end up in jail for six months, so it’s a very fine line to tread.

You can’t use your drone in any trails parks or state parks

It’s not only Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park that prohibits you from flying a UAV.

You’ll recall that all tribal parks in the Navajo Nation are off-limits, and Arizona state law also prohibits you from entering trails parks and state parks.

The only exception is for commercial pilots involved in news, publicity, or promotions.

You’d have to go through the legal channels to obtain a flight permit. You couldn’t use a commercial drone for any other purposes though.

That’s 30 state parks off the menu.

Utah state drone laws to know before visiting Monument Valley

If you’re visiting Monument Valley from the Utah side, this state has a bevy of state laws to learn, far more so than Arizona. We go in-depth on each law here, so this section will serve primarily as a recap.

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Don’t use your drone to harass livestock

HB 217, a 2017 Utah state law known as Livestock Harassment, makes it illegal to harass and chase livestock (including with the intent to kill) with a drone, a dog, or a motorized vehicle.

If you own livestock, this law doesn’t apply to that livestock only.

Stay away from manned aircraft

In state law 65A-3-2.5 or Title 65A, Forestry, Fire, and State Lands, recreational and commercial drones are prohibited from collisions with manned aircraft.

The collision alone lands you a third-degree felony charge and a $10,000 fine.

If you cause an accident with the manned aircraft, you’ll receive a second-degree felony charge and have to pay a fine of up to $15,000.

Do not use your drone in areas marked with temporary flight restrictions from wildland fires

Although temporary flight restrictions come and go, you’re expected to take them seriously when you see them, especially as they pertain to wildland fires. The same state law, 65A-3-2.5, in Chapter 3, enacts the following policy:

“A person may not operate an unmanned aircraft system in a manner that causes an unmanned aircraft to fly within an area that is under a temporary flight restriction that is used by the Federal Aviation Administration as a result of the wildland fire, or an area designated as a wildland fire scene on a system managed by a federal, state, or local government…unless the person operates the unmanned aircraft system with the permission of, and in accordance with the restrictions established by, the incident commander.”

If you violate this rule as a commercial or recreational pilot (as some exceptions exist for agency pilots), you’re looking at a Class B misdemeanor charge. You could have to pay a fine of $2,500 to $5,000.


Monument Valley between Arizona and Utah is a natural wonderland with peaking sandstone buttes and the famous Monumental Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

However, you’re prohibited from flying in the park, and since Monument Valley houses so much of the park, you need to use a drone app to avoid restricted airspace.

Remember to follow the state laws for whichever state side you’re on and obey FAA guidelines!

NVIDIA-Powered Cartken Robots Begin Delivering Coffee, Food
Cartken’s robots are now delivering food to hungry students in Ohio and Arizona. Credit: Cartken

OAKLAND, Calif.—The California startup Cartken, founded in 2019 in Oakland, is using wheeled robots powered by NVIDIA’s Jetson edge artificial intelligence platform to deliver coffee for Starbucks and food via GrubHub to college students in Ohio and Arizona, NVIDIA announced Oct. 26.

“What we saw was a technological inflection point where we could make small self-
driving vehicles work on the street,” said Cartken CEO Chris Bersch, who founded the company along with Jonas Witt, Jake Stelman and Anjali Jindal Naik, all alumni of Google. “Because it doesn’t make sense to build a $20,000 robot that can deliver burritos.”

Cartken offers robots as a service to customers in a pay-for-usage model. This lets Cartken’s customers customize the robots for their particular brand appearance and specific application features.

NVIDIA says a growing cohort of companies riding the robots as a service wave for offerings as diverse as on-demand remote museum visits and autonomous industrial lawn mowers. The company says its NVIDIA Jetson embedded computing modules enable these uses by handling a variety of sensors and cameras.

“Cartken chose the Jetson edge AI platform because it offers superior embedded computational performance, which is needed to run Cartken’s advanced AI algorithms. In addition, the low energy consumption allows Cartken’s robots to run a whole day on a single battery charge,” Bersch said in the NVIDIA release.

The company relies on the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin to run six cameras that aid in mapping and navigation as well as wheel odometry to measure its physical distance of movement.

Harnessing Jetson, Cartken’s robots run simultaneous localization and mapping, or SLAM, to automatically build maps of their surroundings for navigation. “They are basically level-4 autonomy—it’s based on visual processing, so we can map out a whole area,” Bersch said. “The nice thing about our navigation is that it works both indoors and outdoors, so GPS is optional. We can localize based on purely visual features,” he said.

Cartken is a member of NVIDIA Inception, a program that helps startups with GPU technologies, software and business development support.

Cartken’s robots are serving Grubhub deliveries at the University of Arizona and Ohio State. Grubhub users can order on the app as normally they would, and get a tracking link to follow their order’s progress. They’re informed that their delivery will be by a robot, and can use the app to unlock the robot’s lid to grab grub and go.

Scaling Up

Mitsubishi Electric is a distributor for Cartken in Japan. It relies on Cartken’s robots for deployments in AEON Malls in Tokoname and Toki for deliveries of Starbucks coffee and food.

The companies are also testing a “smart city” concept for outdoor deliveries of Starbucks goods within the neighboring parks, apartments and homes. In addition, Mitsubishi, Cartken and others are working on deliveries inside a multilevel office building.

Looking ahead, Cartken’s CEO says the next big challenge is scaling up robot manufacturing to keep pace with orders. It says it has strong demand from partners, including Grubhub, Mitsubishi and the United Kingdom delivery company DPD.

Cartken in September announced a partnership with automotive supplies company Magna International to help scale up manufacturing of its robots. The agreement offers production of thousands of AMRs as well as development of additional robot models for different use cases.

Drone Laws in Arizona
Drone Laws in Arizona

The southern state of Arizona is perhaps most famed for the Grand Canyon, but the Copper State is also home to Hoover Dam, Monument Valley, and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Before you pack up your drone and head out to Arizona, what laws do you need to abide by?

Arizona has drone flight laws on a federal, state, and local level. The state rules regulate drone flights such that pilots should stay away from manned aircraft, firefighters, and police vehicles. The local ordinances limit where you can fly in various Arizona parks and cities.

Don’t worry, as we’re going to cover every Arizona drone law in detail in today’s article. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be crystal clear on where you can and cannot fly your drone in Arizona!

Many states in the US do not have any specific state-level laws beyond the Federal regulations laid out for drone flight by the FAA.

Arizona, however, is one state that does have three levels of drone laws – federal, state, and local legislation governing the use of drones.

You will have to keep these rules top of mind as you plan to fly your UAV in Arizona, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Here’s what you need to know.

Federal Level Drone Laws

As is true of every state in the United States, Arizona enforces US federal government regulations on flying a drone whether you do it professionally, commercially, or recreationally.

Rules for Agency Drone Use

Let’s start with discussing the rules for those whose professions it is to fly a drone in governmental roles such as working for a fire department or a police department.

In your role, you should be a shining example of what proper drone use entails. That’s why you’ll be required to follow the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 drone flight rules.

The rules in full are available to read here. The FAA created these guidelines for safe drone flight for all.

In addition, government employees flying a drone might also need a Certificate of Authorization or COA, which is also referred to as a Certificate of Waiver.

The Air Traffic Organization issues COAs to, as FAA’s website says, “a public operator for a specific UA activity.” To get one, you have to send an application, undergo a technical and operational review, and earn approval.

Rules for Commercial Drone Use

Moving onto the next group, commercial drone pilots – or those who use their drones for professional use but are not hired by the government – must also follow all of the FAA’s Part 107 rules.

It’s not simply that you have to know the rules inside and out, which you do. You also have to prove your drone knowledge and proficiency by passing the Part 107 exam.

Passing this comprehensive exam is required to earn your UAV license, which you need for commercial drone flight purposes.

The license lasts for two years and then you have to test again to keep your knowledge current. It’s also not free to test.

Fortunately, if you’re thinking of pursuing your FAA-issued license, we’ve written about pretty much every online drone school that offers Part 107 exam prep that there is. You should be able to easily find one such school to enroll in.

Rules for Recreational Drone Use

Finally, the third group of drone pilots is recreational pilots. If you fly your drone purely for enjoyment and not profit, then you fit into this group.

Like the other two groups, to fly a drone in Arizona requires your knowledge and upkeep of current FAA Part 107 rules.

If your drone weighs more than 0.55 pounds, which most drones beyond the toy level models do, you have to pay $5 to get it registered.

Then you have to take The Recreational UAS Safety Test through the FAA, which is also known as TRUST.

The TRUST test is different from the Part 107 exam in several important ways. The test is available to take for free.

You can also earn a perfect score even if you get questions wrong. Every incorrect answer is correctable.

The TRUST certificate is also good for life unless you lose yours. Then the FAA says you need to take the exam again.

Arizona State Drone Laws

Now that you’re aware of the Arizona drone flight laws on the federal level, let’s discuss the state-specific laws.

There are two of these, the Arizona State Parks & Trails Park Regulations and SB 1449// 2016. Let’s review both rules now.

Arizona State Parks & Trails Park Regulations

Arizona has more than 30 state parks. To protect and preserve the majesty of these parks for future generations to come, Arizona restricts drone usage in its state parks as well as its trail parks.

If you’re a commercial drone pilot, the Arizona state parks website says that you need to obtain a filming permit in order to operate a drone. Even those permits are only issued for purposes of promotions, publicity, or news.

Having a permit alone wouldn’t cut it. You’d also have to be insured to fly your drone commercially in one of Arizona’s state parks.

The website says that any “final decision and any fees associated with access is at the discretion of park management.”

Thus, it’s hard to put a price tag on what you’d pay to commercially fly your drone in an Arizona state park, or whether you’ll even be able to get a permit.

Should you venture outside of the park to areas where agencies like Game & Fish, State Trust Lands, or National Forest dictate, then you might have to get yet another permit as well as additional permission.

SB 1449 // 2016

Issued in 2016 is Arizona’s bill SB 1449.

In Section 13-2904. Disorderly conduct; classification, Part 7, SB 1449 states that disorderly conduct can constitute using “a model aircraft or civil unmanned aircraft in dangerous proximity to a person or a person’s property unless the person has consented to the operation.”

Arizona considers disorderly conduct a class I misdemeanor, so it’s a law you don’t want to break whether you live in this southwestern state or you’re only visiting.

Further, in Section 13-3729. Prohibited operation of model or unmanned aircraft; state preemption; definitions, the law verbiage lays out a bunch of different rules for situations where you may be subject to penalties when it comes to using your drone.

They include the following:

  • If barred by aeronautic regulation and/or federal law.
  • If flying your drone “violates a temporary flight restriction or notice to airman that’s issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.”
  • If you’re interrupting firefighter or police duties as well as disrupting manned aircraft.
  • If you’re being reckless or careless.
  • If you exceed 250 vertical feet or 500 horizontal feet.
  • If you intentionally kill an animal while flying your drone.

Arizona Drone Laws – Local Level

Finally, let’s examine a few local Arizona laws. The following three ordinances were created by Maricopa County, Phoenix, and Prescott Valley and apply in those areas only.

Maricopa County – R-116 Aircraft and Engine Powered Models // 2016

The Maricopa County – R-116 Aircraft and Engine Powered Models ordinance from 2016 is a two-part rule, the second part of which applies to drone pilots.

According to that part of R-116, “Operating engine powered models and/or toys in any park area not designated for such use or in such a manner that can be a hazard to the public” is not allowed. 

City of Phoenix – City Code Section 24-49 // 2016

In Phoenix, the city’s ordinances on drone laws also went into effect in 2016.

According to City Code Section 24-49. Operation of remotely controlled aircraft, unmanned aircraft vehicles, and unmanned aircraft systems, you cannot land or take off in a preserve or park that the City of Phoenix owns and operates “except in parks designated by the Director or designee in operation sites that meet the requirements of subsection E of this section.”

In case you’re curious, subsection E, Operation Sites, reads in full: “Operation sites shall at all times remain unobstructed and a safe distance away from other park users. Dimensions of operation sites shall be no less than 400 feet on all sides.”

If you have a younger child who’s into flying drones, you must be with them at all times when flying in city parks until your child turns 17, says the code.

Disobeying the rules carries a hefty fine, as you’ll be charged $500 for each day the offense continues in the form of civil sanctions.

Town of Prescott Valley – Municipal Ordinance // 2018

Enacted in 2018, the municipal ordinance for Prescott Valley put into effect a Town UAS Program. Thus, the rules apply more to city employees than the everyday drone pilot of both a commercial and recreational nature.

Only those with a Part 107 license through the FAA can fly a drone as part of the Town UAS Program. The drone pilot must have a remote-pilot-in-command or RPIC who “is directly responsible for (and is the final authority to) the operation of any Town UAS.”

Plus, the RPIC needs to have a visual observer.

It’s the RPIC’s job to prevent the drone pilot’s exposure to “undue hazards,” including property, other aircraft, and people.

Arizona Drone Flight FAQs

Are you still a little fuzzy on some of the drone laws enacted and enforced in Arizona? This FAQs section ought to provide some clarity.

Can I Fly a Drone in an Arizona Public Park?

Let’s say you want to fly a drone in a public park somewhere in Arizona. Are you allowed to?

That depends. In Maricopa County, you can only fly a drone in recreational areas and regional parks in areas that are designated just for drones. These are known as designated RC fields.

In Phoenix, most public parks and preserves are both off-limits to drone pilots.

The few that you can fly in are Werner’s Field, Mountain View II Park, Grovers Basin, Esteban Park (in the east quadrant), El Prado Park, Dynamite Park, Desert Foothills Park (in the lower field), and Coyote Basin.

Otherwise, if you have another specific park in Arizona in mind for flying, you can probably fly there. It never hurts to contact the local parks and rec association and confirm what the rules are.

Can I Fly a Drone in an Arizona State Park?

What if you’re interested in exploring Lost Dutchman State Park, Oracle State Park, Picacho Peak State Park, Alamo Lake State Park, Lake Havasu State Park, or any other awe-inspiring state park in Arizona?

As a recreational drone pilot, you cannot fly your UAV in a state park in Arizona at all. As you’ll recall from earlier, commercial drone pilots may be allowed to take flight, but will require permits, permissions, and insurance.

The Recreational UAS Safety Test (link)
Certificate of Authorization or COA (link)
The Recreational UAS Safety Test (link)
Arizona state parks website (link)
Maricopa County – R-116 Aircraft and Engine Powered Models (link)
Municipal ordinance for Prescott Valley (link)
Chapter 24 Parks and Recreation | Phoenix City Code (link)