Film & Photography Permits

Durango, Colorado offers many breathtaking backdrops, and we encourage you to utilize them for your next photography series or film production. However, before you start working on your storyboard, we want to ensure you have all the permits and tools necessary for a successful production. Please find Durango regions and their specific permit details below.

San Juan National Forest

Photography & Film Request Form: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd672387.pdf

  • Submit at least 30 days prior to the start of filming.
  • San Juan National Forest Headquarters: (970) 247-4874

City of Durango

Link to the film permit

  • Send completed film registration form to Alex Wilkinson, Community Events Administrator | Office: 970.375.7325 

Durango Parks & Recreation

Permit: https://durangogov.org/DocumentCenter/View/20036/Park-Permit-2021-fillable

  • Permit only necessary if renting out an entire public park (Buckley Park, Rotary Park, etc.)

Colorado National Parks

Permit: https://www.nps.gov/colm/planyourvisit/commercial-film-photography-permit.htm

  • Permits take 10 business days to process
  • A permit is not necessary for low-impact filming

Bureau of Land Management, Public Lands

Film permits: https://www.blm.gov/programs/lands-and-realty/leases-and-permits/filming-on-public-lands/film-permitting-process

  • Submit to the Colorado representative: Jennifer Whyte | (303) 239-3708 | jwhyte@blm.gov