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The 5 Best Places to Fly a Drone in Phoenix

A list of the best places to fly your drone in Phoenix, Arizona.

In this article, we’ve scouted out the best places to fly a drone in Phoenix, Arizona.

If you live in (or are traveling to) Phoenix, please use this page as a resource to better understand not just where to fly, but also where it’s legal and illegal to fly a drone. We provide guidance on regulations to help you stay compliant with both federal and local rules.

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A Sectional Chart of the airspace surrounding Phoenix, AZ. Source: VFR Map

Phoenix Drone Laws — Recreational vs. Commercial

The first thing to understand about flying a drone in Phoenix (or any city for that matter) is that under federal FAA regulations, you are either operating recreationally or commercially.

  • Recreational drone pilots fall under the FAA’s model aircraft rules, which are laid out here. As long as your aircraft is registered and you follow the guidance on that page, you’re good to go.

Also, as a recreational drone pilot, you must notify the airport operator and air traffic control tower before flying within five miles of an airport. When we list the locations below, we’ll share whether or not there are airports within five miles of the location.

If flying commercially, it doesn’t matter if you’re flying within five miles of an airport. What matters is whether or not you’re in controlled airspace (Class B, C, D or E) or uncontrolled airspace (Class G). If you’re operating commercially in Class B, C, D, or E controlled airspace, you’ll need to request airspace authorization. When we list locations below, we’ll share whether they sit in controlled or uncontrolled airspace.

Get up-to-date airspace information, including temporary flight restrictions, using tools like B4UFLY, Kittyhawk, or Airmap.

Interested in becoming an FAA-certified drone pilot so you can operate under the Part 107 regulations and make money flying your drone? Check out our industry-leading, online training course over at Drone Pilot Ground School.

So those are the federal rules.

But what about local Phoenix drone laws?

Here’s a guide we put together for drone laws in Arizona. Make sure to consult that to see if there are any local drone ordinances you should follow in Phoenix. When in doubt, use good judgment and follow the FAA’s guidelines.

Note: The content on this page is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of legal counsel. If we missed something, or if you have further questions, please send an email to support[at]uavcoach[dot]com, and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Where to Fly a Drone in Phoenix

Alrighty—without further ado, here are our top picks for the best places to fly a drone in the Phoenix area. We selected these locations based on airspace restrictions, accessibility, and attractions. You’ll find that most of the locations we’ve chosen are located in uncontrolled, Class G airspace where you don’t need to request permission to fly. Additionally, we made sure to highlight any locations with designated sUAS/remote aircraft fields.

1 — Esteban Park AMA Field

3345 E Roeser Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Esteban Park is located within close proximity to downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The green grass fields are used by the Central Arizona Control Line Club as an AMA field. The flying field is located in the northeast corner of the park. Drone pilots will appreciate the wide-open space and nice views of the city skyline. One thing to note, this park is very close to the edge of Class B airspace. Always remain vigilant of manned air traffic arriving and departing from the airport.

Esteban park fun fly - fpv

2 — Echo Canyon Recreation Area

4925 E McDonald Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85018

The Echo Canyon Recreation Area is located just outside of downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The area is home of Camelback Mountain standing at 2,207 feet. It was named due to its unique double hump silhouette in the valley sky. It is important to note that the hiking trails at this location are known to be difficult and could become more challenging if carrying drone equipment. The mountain offers stunning views of the entire valley, making this a great location for drone footage.

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Source: Drew Hays

3 — North Mountain Park

10608 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020

North Mountain Park is home to the North Mountain located in Phoenix, Arizona. At the top of the mountain is the North Top. This area offers breathtaking views of the valley and the other mountains surrounding the city. The trail is a relatively easy hike, making it great for drone pilots looking to explore. At 2,104 feet in altitude, the mountain truly offers views that are difficult to beat. The natural beauty of the mountain and the surrounding area make for some epic drone footage.

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Source: Aznaturalist

4 — White Tank Mountain Regional Park

20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd, Waddell, AZ 85355

White Tank Regional Park is located outside of Phoenix, in Waddell, Arizona. It is 29,271 acres and is home to the White Tank Mountains. The park provides a scenic mix of desert and mountain landscape. There are 26 miles of hiking trails with the Waterfall Trail being the most popular. This trail leads to a narrow canyon that is known to have a seasonal waterfall. The various trails and expansive mountain region make this a unique area to capture some great drone footage.

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Source: Jan Pauw

5 — Lake Pleasant Regional Park

41835 N Castle Hot Springs Rd, Morristown, AZ 85342

Lake Pleasant Regional Park is located north of downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The main focal point of the park is the 10,000-acre Lake Pleasant. The lake was created by the Carl Pleasant Dam in 1927. In 1973, an aqueduct was made to divert water from the Colorado River to feed the lake. The New Waddell Dam replaced the old dam in 1994 making the lake its larger current size. Drone pilots will get incredible views of the mountainous desert landscape that surrounds the lake.

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Source: Shereth

Take a Drone Flight Training Class in Phoenix

If you’re new to drones or looking to take your flight skills to the next level, we offer hands-on drone flight training in the Phoenix area. Our classes are typically 90 minutes long, and our expert instructors walk you through what to do before, during and after your flight—you’ll practice intelligent flight modes and learn how to stay safe but also how to get the shots or data you need. During the class, you’ll also get a chance to ask questions about regulations, software, flight operations management, checklists and more.

Sign up for a hands-on drone flight training class in Phoenix.