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Movies Filmed in the Moab Area

Movies filmed in our area range from the old John Wayne classics to more recent hits such as The Lone Ranger, After Earth and 127 Hours.

Moab Area Movie

Since 1949 the Moab area has been a popular location for Hollywood movies.  Movies filmed in our area range from the old John Wayne classics to more recent hits such as Geronimo, City Slickers II, and Mission Impossible II.  Thelma and Louise took their final leap into the Colorado River from along the Shafer Trail under Dead Horse Point near Moab!  Numerous commercials, and more recently music videos, have been filmed here. 

In existence for 60 years, the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission holds the title of the longest running film commission in North America.

Utah Native George White saw the need for a film commission when John Ford had expressed such interest in the Moab and Monument Valley areas. Originating with Stagecoach in 1939, and filming Wagon Master ten years later, Mr. White officially established the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission in 1949.

As a result of the rich filming history, the Moab area has an established crew base and ample production services capable of accommodating just about any project, large or small.

Armie Hammer talks about filming the Lone Ranger in Moab.

Films Made in the Area

2014 - Need for Speed
Location: Fossil Point

2014 - Transformers: Age of Extinction
Locations: Hole in the Rock

2013 - The Lone Ranger
Locations: Fossil Point and surrounding area, Hwy 279, Goldbar Campground, Professor Valley

2013 - After Earth
Locations: Fossil Point and surrounding area

2010 - John Carter
Locations: Lake Powell, Hanksville, Fossil Point and surrounding area, Hwy 279, Dead Horse Point, Fisher Towers

2010 - Guns, Girls, and Gambling
Locations: Seven Mile Canyon and surrounding area

2010 - 127 Hours
Locations: Blue John Canyon, Horseshoe Canyon, Sand Flats Recreation Area, Green River, Moab Regional Hospital

2008 - Star Trek
Locations: San Rafael Swell

2007 - The Canyon
Locations: Seven Mile Canyon

2002 - Austin Powers 3
Hwy 128 near Hittle Bottom, Hwy. 279 Wall Street, Hwy 313

2001 - Touched by an Angel
Locations: Dead Horse Point State Park, SR-313

2000 - Nurse Betty
Locations: Highways 128 and 279, Arches National Park

1999 - Vertical Limit
Location: Monument Valley

1999 - The Adventures of Joe Dirt
Location: Dead Horse Point State Park

1999 - Mission Impossible II
Location: Dead Horse Point State Park

1998 - Galaxy Quest
Locations: Goblin Valley State Park, Little Wild Horse Canyon

1998 - Chill Factor
Locations: Monument Valley, Castle Valley, SR-279

1997 - Lost Treasure of Dos Santos
Locations: Onion Creek, Flat Pass, Bates Ranch

1996 - Con-Air
Locations: Air shots over Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley and Lake Powell

1996 - Breakdown
Locations: Professor Valley, SR 313, Texaco Station off High way 191

1995 - Riders of the Purple Sage
Locations: Dugout Ranch (main set), Flat Pass, Mill Creek Canyon, Kane Springs Road, Ten Mile area, and Pucker Pass

1995 - Larger Than Life
Locations: Harley Bates (Dole) Ranch (Mexican village set), Shafer Trail, Professor Valley, off Highways 191 and 313, Green River City, Floy Wash, Dunes

1994 - The Great American West
Locations: Monument Valley, Ida Gulch, Hauer Ranch, Fossil Point, Pucker Pass, Hook 'n Ladder area

1993 - Lightning Jack
Locations: Fisher Towers, San Juan County

1993 - Geronimo: An American Legend
Locations: Professor Valley, Potash Trail, Potash Plant, Needles Overlook area, Sand Dunes off Ruby Ranch Road, Bates Ranch, Lawson Ranch, Onion Creek

1993 - City Slickers II: The Search for Curly's Gold
Locations: Dugout Ranch, Fisher Towers, Onion Creek

1992 - Slaughter of the Innocents
Locations: Castle Rock, Onion Creek, Marie Ogden Settlement

1992 - Knights
Locations: Pucker Pass, Long Canyon, Professor Valley, La Sal Mountains, Needles Overlook

1990 - Thelma and Louise
Locations: Shafer Overlook, Arches National Park, La Sal, Cisco, Thompson Springs, Valley City Fossil Point

1988 - Sundown: Vampires in Retreat
Locations: Thompson Springs, Moab (Spanish Valley), Hittle Bottom, Arches National Park

1988 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Locations: Arches National Park, Sevenmile Canyon

1987 - Nightmare at Noon
Locations: Moab City, Ken's Lake, Arches National Park, Colorado River

1985 - MacGyver
Locations: Dead Horse Point State Park, Shafer Overlook

1984 - Choke Canyon
Locations: Moab, Onion Creek, Professor Valley, Sand Flats, Dead Horse Point State Park, Byrd's Ranch, Squaw Park

1982 - Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Locations: Kane Creek, Bull Canyon, Colorado River, Potash, lower Shafer Trail, Grey Hills

1975 - Against a Crooked Sky
Locations: Professor Valley, Colorado River, Castle Valley, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park

1967 - Blue
Locations: Professor Valley, Colorado River, Sevenmile Canyon, La Sal, Sand Flats, Redd's Ranch, Woods' Ranch

1966 - Wild Rovers
Locations: Arches National Park, Monument Valley

1964 - Rio Conchos
Locations: White's Ranch, Castle Valley, Professor Valley, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park

1963 - The Greatest Story Ever Told
Locations: Island in the Sky, Green River Overlook

1963 - Cheyenne Autumn
Locations: White's Ranch, Castle Valley, Professor Valley, Colorado River, Fisher Canyon, Arches National Park, Monument Valley, Mexican Hat

1961 - Comancheros
Locations: Professor Valley, Dead Horse Point State Park, Kings Bottom, La Sal Mountains, Fisher Valley, Onion Creek

1959 - Ten Who Dared
Locations: Big Bend of the Colorado River, White's Ranch, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park

1958 - Warlock
Locations: Professor Valley, Dead Horse Point State Park, King's Bottom, White's Ranch, Arches, Sand Flats

1953 - Taza, Son of Cochise
Locations: White's Ranch, Castle Valley, Professor Valley.

1950 - Rio Grande
Locations: White's Ranch, Ida Gulch, Professor Valley, Colorado River, Onion Creek Narrows.

1949 - Wagon Master
Locations: Professor Valley, Colorado River, Spanish Valley.

Moab Set Locations

Take a drive down any of the following highways to catch a glimpse of the places where many of these movies were filmed. Although the sets for these movies no longer exist, the scenery is timeless.

Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-128)

Onion Creek, Fisher Towers, Ida Gulch, White's Ranch (Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge), Castle Valley, Professor Valley, Big Bend, Hittle Bottom, Castle Rock (Castle Valley turnoff), Harley Bates Ranch, Lawson Ranch (Professor Valley turnoff), Hauer Ranch, Hook `n' Ladder Area - Scenic Byway Driving Tour

Dead Horse Point Mesa Scenic Byway (U-313)

Dead Horse Point State Park, Green River Overlook (Canyonlands National Park), Island in the Sky (Canyonlands National Park) - Scenic Byway Driving Tour

Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-279)

Shafer Trail, Shafer Trail Overlook, Potash, Fossil Point, Pucker Pass, Long Canyon, Wall Street - Scenic Byway Driving Tour

North Highway 191

Arches National Park, Seven Mile Canyon, Bull Canyon, Ten Mile Rd

South Highway 191

Monument Valley, La Sal, San Juan County, Lake Powell

Highway 211

Dugout Ranch, Marie Ogden Settlement

1-70

Cisco,Thompson Springs, Ruby Ranch (exit 173), Green River City, Goblin Valley State Park, Floy Wash (exit 173), Little Wild Horse Canyon

Other Locations

Kane Creek, Sand Flats, Byrd's Ranch, Moab City, Pack Creek Ranch, Ken's Lake. Mill Creek Canyon, Flat Pass

Movie Locations Brochure

Once you are in Moab a Movie Locations Auto Tour brochure is available at the Moab Information Center, on Main & Center Street in downtown Moab. You can also download the brochure by clicking below.

Movie Brochure
Click here to download a copy of the
Movie Locations Auto Tour Brochure

Film Commission

In existence for 60 years, the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission holds the title of the longest running film commission in North America. Click here to visit their website.

Film Museum

Film Museum

When you enter the Film Museum at Red Cliffs Ranch be prepared to look back over years of black and white filmmaking featuring our most cherished actors and actresses, along with highlights from recent film projects that have taken advantage of the spectacular scenery surrounding Moab. The museum houses memorabilia from the early films to the present and is ever changing. Movie and western ranching themes are present throughout the resort. The museum is self-guided and open to the public daily at no charge. Highway 128 - Mile Marker 14


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Transformers: Age of Extinction - 2014


Lone Ranger - 2013


After Earth - 2013


John Carter - 2010


127 Hours - 2010


Mission Impossible II - 1999

127 Hours
127 Hours - James Franco rappeling into Blue John Canyon.
Photo courtesy of Melissa Fletcher

127 Hours
127 Hours - Local Linus Platt rigging over the end of
Blue John for the rappel scene.
Photo courtesy of Melissa Fletcher

127 Hours
127 Hours - L to R: Stunt Coordinator; Anthony Dod Mantle (Cinematographer); Danny Boyle (Director)
Photo courtesy of Melissa Fletcher


City Slickers II, 1993
Locations: Dugout Ranch, Fisher Towers, Onion Creek


Con-Air, 1997
Locations: Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley & Lake Powell


Thelma & Louise, 1990
Locations: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks, La Sal, Cisco, Thompson Springs, Valley City, Fossil Point


Galaxy Quest, 1998
Location: Goblin Valley State Park


Geronimo: An American Legend, 1993
Locations: Professor Valley, Potash Trail, Potash Plant, Needles Overlook, White Wash Sand Dunes


MacGyver Pilot, 1985
Locations: Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park


Riders of the Purple Sage, 1995
Locations: Dugout Ranch, Flat Pass, Mill Creek Canyon, Kane Springs Road, Ten Mile area, Pucker Pass


Wagonmaster, 1949
Locations: Professor Valley, Colorado River, Spanish Valley

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