Created: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:02:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:14:30 MST
FRUITA, Colo. - The National Park Service is banning all drone use in parks across the country, including the Colorado National Monument. Monument Superintendent Lisa Eckert announced on Wednesday the decision was made to protect the quiet and solitude of the area.
Now, flying an unmanned aircraft within monument boundaries will be a misdemeanor offense.
Officials said the ban will not be enforced in the case of law enforcement conducting search and rescue, fire operations, and authorized scientific study.