Filmed in Utah: 7 Itineraries Through Hollywood's Most Iconic Settings
Cinephiles and explorers wandering some of Utah's iconic landscapes for the first time may get the feeling that they've been here before. Discover what Hollywood already has: unique backdrops for your outdoor adventures like nowhere else. Whether hitting the Sundance Film Festival in Park City and Salt Lake City in January or visiting Utah throughout the year, you’ll find yourself near some of Utah’s most iconic and most filmed places.
Over the decades, the silver screen and television have featured Utah in thousands of films for the silver screen and television. While Utah’s striking, iconic and diverse landscapes make it a go-to destination for filmmakers, the state is also a must-visit for road-trippers and outdoor adventurers (Read: Movies Filmed in Utah: Plotting a Cinematic Drive-Through).
Here are a few film and television-themed trips and tips to consider for your Utah visit:
1. Star-Studded: The “Jeremiah Johnson” Itinerary
Extend your stay in Utah and explore the cities and mountains of the Wasatch Front. You’ll find big-screen settings and attractions near Park City, the center of the world-famous Sundance Film Festival. Head 45 minutes south to experience the Sundance Mountain Resort where you can hit the slopes in winter or have family-friendly adventures in the warmer months. This mountain escape is rich in film history from the setting of Robert Redford’s “Jeremiah Johnson” or the annual filmmaker workshops and events hosted by the Sundance Institute.
Highlight: Sundance Mountain Resort
Travel: Salt Lake City or Park City to Sundance: 30 miles | About 45 minutes
Stops Along the Way: Heber Valley
Related Itineraries: Explore the Settings of Sundance Movies, Robert Redford’s Sundance Scenes
"Whether hitting the Sundance Film Festival in Park City and Salt Lake City in January or visiting Utah throughout the year, you’ll find yourself near some of Utah’s most iconic and most filmed places."
2. Rugged Route: The “Yellowstone” Itinerary
Along the edge of Park City, you can drive by the 70,000-square-foot Utah Film Studios complex where productions like “Hereditary” and “Yellowstone” have filmed. Nearby you can explore the town of Kamas where you can hit the slopes in winter or have family-friendly adventures in the warmer months.
Continue driving north through the rugged mountain terrain of small towns like Oakley and Coalville to see some filming locations used in seasons 1-3 of the critically acclaimed “Yellowstone” series. End your trip by strolling historic 25th Street in Ogden and visit The Outlaw Saloon or catch a rodeo at the Ogden Pioneer Stadium where “Yellowstone” filmed several scenes.
Highlight: Kamas Valley
Travel: Salt Lake City or Park City to Ogden: 115 miles | ~2 hours
Stops Along the Way: Samak Smoke House and Notch Pub in Kamas
Related Itineraries: Explore the Settings of Sundance Movies, Fresh Tracks in Kamas, Hike + Dine: Ogden
3. Worth Your Two Dollars: “Better Off Dead” — The Skiing On One Ski Itinerary
You know what the street value of these mountains is? It’s tough to put a number on The Greatest Snow on Earth®, but it’s just part of what makes skiing in Utah so special for the people who ski here — whether on one ski, or two. See, Salt Lake City isn't your regular ski town. It's the only Ski City. With big city, world-class amenities galore and 10 different resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah ski trips can satiate any skier's or snowboarder's lust for powder, quest for groomers, or race down the slope to determine who will be the captain of the ski team.
Highlight: The view from the Snowbird Tram and Hidden Peak
Travel: Salt Lake City to Alta/Snowbird: 30 miles | 45 minutes; From Park City: 1 hour
Stops Along the Way: Downtown Salt Lake City
Related Itineraries: Powder Dreams, Downhill to Downtown
"You know what the street value of these mountains is? It’s tough to put a number on The Greatest Snow on Earth®, but it’s just part of what makes skiing in Utah so special..."
4. Cult-classic: “The Galaxy Quest” Itinerary
A visit to Goblin Valley State Park could be a quick day trip or an extended journey through the rugged and whimsical landscapes of Utah’s San Rafael Swell. Fans of Dean Parisot’s “Galaxy Quest” will immediately recognize the setting for Mars.
The Valley of Goblins, the park’s main attraction, is located at its heart. Here there are three established trails, which are suitable for almost anyone. The trails lead hikers to overlooks, views of the surroundings, and deep within the maze of weird sandstone formations. But the best thing about the valley is that you are allowed to hike freely, off trail, to explore the hoodoos, mushrooms, or goblins on your own, offering up unlimited options for exploration.
Highlight: Valley of the Goblins at Gobin Valley
Travel: Park City or Salt Lake City to Goblin Valley: 225 miles | ~3.5 hours
Stops Along the Way: Helper, San Rafael Swell
Related Itinerary: Southern Dinos and Goblins