Commercial filming is defined as digital or film recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project.
Under P.L. 106-206 all commercial filming requires a permit and is subject to a location fee and cost recovery charges.
NOTE: Each year, the Secretary of Interior announces "Fee Free Days" in all national parks. During these days, entrance fees are waived in national park areas. On fee free dates, special use permits, commercial use permits and filming permits will not be authorized. The Fee Free Dates for 2015 are: January 18, April 16-24, August 25-28, September 24, and November 11. Please contact the park Special Use coordinator at 970-858-3617, ext. 300 with any questions.
Permits are NOT generally required for:
· Visitors engaged in filming/photography intended for their personal use and enjoyment.
· The filming of breaking news (an event that cannot be covered at any other time or location) by news crews.
· Filming that is conducted pursuant to a cooperative agreement or contract with the National Park Service.