Do I Need a Permit to Take Photos, Film or Do Research in the Grand Canyon?

Avoid troubles by making sure you have all the right permits for your adventure.
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Ranger William Reesein the information center in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Photo by Whit Richardson

Ranger William Reesein the information center in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Photo by Whit Richardson

Filming/Photography Permits

Generally filming permits are required and are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recording when they involve props, models, professional crews, and casts or set dressings. Permits are issued to ensure the protection of resources and to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses. Permits are also required for access to areas normally closed to the visiting public.

www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/filming.htm

Scientific Research Permits

All studies in Grand Canyon National Park, large or small, must have their own Research & Collecting Permit which is obtained through a proposal and review process that requires approximately 90 days.

cms.imr.nps.gov/grca/naturescience/research.htm

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