Films from the Wild West

Saddle up and visit these top Western movie filming locations

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Created by Christopher Warren - June 14th 2016

The Western movie is something that's distinctly American (although Spaghetti westerns prove that they're not just for cowboys) and they've become so iconic that even if you haven't seen a single movie from the genre, you undoubtedly know the cliches that usually go along with them: the shootouts between outlaws and sheriffs with shiny badges, the tumbleweeds rolling through small towns where the streets are lined with saloons that have those swinging doors, the lone cowboy riding off into the get the idea. Whether or not you're an expert on the genre or not, who wouldn't want the chance to ride a horse and play outlaws and sheriffs in some of these iconic Western movie filming locations?

Photo of Grafton Ghost Town

Rockville, UT, US

Grafton Ghost Town

Butch Cassidy: Grab your sweetheart and a bicycle because the filming location for the famous "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head" bike scene was Grafton Ghost Town.

Photo of New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House Restaurant

231 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO, US

New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House Restaurant

Also, there's a pretty epic fight that was shot at New Sheridan Hotel's bar... but I'd suggest behaving yourself when you visit!

Photo of Monument Valley

Indn Route 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ, US

Monument Valley

The Searchers: Monument Valley makes a pretty memorable appearance in this 1950's John Wayne flick, although it appears in countless Westerns.

Photo of Bronson Caves

West side of Griffith Park, end of Canyon Drive, Los Angeles, CA, US

Bronson Caves

The end, where Ethan rescues Debbie, was filmed at Bronson Caves in Los Angeles.

297 W Center St, Kanab, UT, US

Little Hollywood Movie Set Museum

The Outlaw Josey Wales: Lots of Westerns, like this one, were filmed in and around Kanab and its Frontier Movie town, and the best place to see some of the coolest Western filming locations is at the Little Hollywood Movie Set Museum.

Photo of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

691 Scenic View Road, Lake Powell, UT, US

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

The 1976 Clint Eastwood film also filmed at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell in Arizona and at Old Tucson Studios, another iconic Western filming hotspot.

Photo of Lake Powell

Glen Canyon Nat'l Recreation Area, Page, AZ, US

Lake Powell

201 S Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ, US

Old Tucson Studios

Photo of Columbia State Historic Park

11255 Jackson St Columbia, Ca 95310, Columbia, CA, US

Columbia State Historic Park

High Noon: Columbia Ranch, Columbia State Historic Park served as the film location for the town of Hadleyville.

18473 Gardner Ave, Tuolumne City, CA, US

St. Joseph's Catholic Church

St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Tuolumne is where Will Kane goes to look for help

18115 5th Ave, Jamestown, CA, US

Railtown 1897 State Historical Park

The train that outlaw Frank Miller arrives on at (you guessed it) high noon is the famous Sierra No. 3 steam locomotive (which appeared in countless movies and TV shows and is a fascinating thing in its own right), and you can visit it at the Railtown 1897 State Historical Park.

Photo of Tree Canopy - Evergreen Plantation

Old River Road, Edgard, LA, US

Tree Canopy - Evergreen Plantation

Django Unchained: For being such a bloody, gruesome movie, Quentin Tarantino picked some remarkably pretty filming locations for his super stylized spaghetti Western send-up, including the beautiful Tree Canopy at Evergreen Plantation and the Grand Tetons.

Photo of Grand Teton National Park
Photo of Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park

10700 Escondido Canyon Rd, Agua Dulce, CA, US

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park

Blazing Saddles: Given the ending of the movie, it should come as no surprise that this Mel Brooks classic was filmed mostly on soundstages, although bad guy Hedley Lamarr gives a speech to his gang of bad guys at the iconic Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park.

6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, US

TCL Chinese Theatre

The movie premieres (in the movie) at Grauman's TCL Chinese Theatre.

Triangle T Rd., Dragoon, AZ, US

Triangle T Guest Ranch

3:10 to Yuma: The Triangle T Guest Ranch served as the backdrop for the 1957 original (and they've left the movie sets standing so you can explore them!).

Photo of Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch

15 Bonanza Creek Road, Santa Fe, NM, US

Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch

The 2007 remake was filmed at Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch, Diablo Canyon, and the Santa Fe National Forest.

Photo of Diablo Canyon

Old Buckman Rd, Santa Fe, NM, US

Diablo Canyon

Photo of Old West Tombstone Gunfighters

128 South 5th Street, Tombstone, AZ, US

Old West Tombstone Gunfighters

Tombstone: Okay, so this isn't technically a filming location for the 1993 Western about Wyatt Earp, but why wouldn't you want to visit the real-life Tombstone where the actual gunfight at O.K. Corral went down? You can see a recreation of the battle at Old West Tombstone Gunfighters!