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Filmed in Utah: 7 Itineraries Through Hollywood's Most Iconic Settings

Written By Visit Utah

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Sundance Mountain Resort   |  Andrew Burr

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:

Sundance Mountain Resort was the setting of Robert Redford’s “Jeremiah Johnson."

Photo: @filmtourismus.de

Northern Utah

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.

HighlightSundance Mountain Resort
Travel: Salt Lake City or Park City to Sundance: 30 miles | About 45 minutes
Stops Along the WayHeber Valley
Related ItinerariesExplore the Settings of Sundance Movies, Robert Redford’s Sundance Scenes

At Sundance Mountain Resort, you can hit the slopes in winter or have family-friendly adventures in the warmer months.

Photo: Adam Clark

You’ll find big-screen settings and attractions near Park City, the center of the world-famous Sundance Film Festival.

Photo: Jay Dash

In the Kamas Valley, you’ll find rolling, sage-covered pastures and pine tree-covered mountainsides.

Photo: Austen Diamond

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 ItinerariesExplore the Settings of Sundance Movies, Fresh Tracks in Kamas, Hike + Dine: Ogden

Utah ski trips can satiate any skier's or snowboarder's lust for powder.

Photo: Adam Clark

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.

Follow the film’s tracks at Alta Ski Area (skiers only) and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon or Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

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 ItinerariesPowder DreamsDownhill to Downtown

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The views from the Snowbird Tram are spectacular and cannot be missed when visiting the resort during any season of the year.

Photo: Marc Piscotty

Southern Utah

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 WayHelperSan Rafael Swell
Related ItinerarySouthern Dinos and Goblins

Fans of Dean Parisot’s “Galaxy Quest” will immediately recognize Goblin Valley as the setting for Mars.

Photo: @filmtourismus.de

The 'Goblins' and the other odd shapes in the park are made of Entrada sandstone deposited during the Jurassic period 180-140 million years ago.

Photo: Michael Kunde

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Let's Talk Utah: America's Film Set

Let's Talk Utah: America's Film Set

Follow along on a road trip adventure with local film lady Dawn Borchardt and gal pal Katie as they explore, appreciate and even reenact scenes of classic movies and productions filmed in the Moab area.⁣

"Westworld" filming in Castle Valley outside of Moab.

Photo: HBO

5. In the Know: “Westworld,” the Western Fantasy Itinerary

When it came time to shoot the HBO futurist drama “Westworld,” the production team had one clear vision of the West: Castle Valley. As The Salt Lake Tribune reports, “there's no way to mock up the vistas in Castle Valley. Shooting there wasn't just like stepping back into old-time Hollywood, it was like stepping back into the Old West.” Your visit to Castle Valley can include a hike to Fisher Towers, a scenic drive up the Upper Colorado Scenic Byway (S.R. 128), rafting on the Colorado River and a wine tour and tasting at Castle Creek Winery. Of course, when in Castle Valley, you’re not far from MoabDead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park — also featured in Westworld. (Season two filming locations added Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area)

Highlight: Standing beneath Fisher Towers
Travel: Salt Lake City to Castle Valley: 250 miles | About 4.5 hours
Stops Along the WayHelper, Prehistoric Museum in Price, John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River
Related ItineraryIconic Classics SoutheastFootsteps of ExplorersThelma & Louise

Season one of "Westworld" included sweeping place-setting camera shots of Castle Valley and Canyon Country.

Photo: HBO

A visit to Castle Valley can include a hike to Fisher Towers.

Photo: Marc Piscotty

John Wayne's "The Searchers" was filmed in Monument Valley.

Photo: @filmtourismus.de

6. Time-tested Classic: “The Searchers” Itinerary

This is the destination that put Utah on the Hollywood map. John Ford fell in love with Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park but the big screen doesn’t do it full justice. In some ways, Monument Valley is the definitive West. Ancestral spirits infuse the rugged, disruptive landscapes that feel foreign, yet distinctly familiar thanks to Hollywood's long love affair with this land. Enjoy hiking, jeep tours, horseback riding and stargazing in Monument Valley, some on your own, some escorted and narrated by local Navajo guides. Forrest Gump Point is another popular visitor stop. Add this area to your itinerary if you love westerns, but please be aware this iconic photo-op is located along a highly-trafficked road. Due to the road’s traffic leading to past injuries and fatalities, we urge you to take your safety seriously and refrain from taking photos from the middle of the road. Visitors are welcome to pull off safely on the side of the road and take photos from the shoulder only.

Highlight: John Ford Point
Travel: Park City or Salt Lake City to Monument Valley: 375 miles | ~6 hours
Stops Along the WayDead Horse Point State ParkArches National ParkMoab
Related ItineraryNative SpiritEasy Riding

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is the destination that put Utah on the Hollywood map.

Located at the edge of the Mojave Desert, Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, Snow Canyon State Park explodes with dramatic geology perfect for your outdoor adventure — and photo opportunities.

Photo: Matt Morgan

7. The Western Outlaw — The "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" Itinerary

Many travelers visit southwestern Utah to see the soaring cliffs of Zion National Park and to hike, climb and mountain bike the incredible red rock landscapes. For movie buffs, this scenic corner of the state of Utah comes alive with nostalgia for Robert Redford’s iconic film, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” The complete list of filming locations includes the ghost town of Grafton, Snow Canyon State Park, the city of St. George and Zion National Park. (Read: Utah’s Unexpected Pit Stops)

HighlightSnow Canyon State Park
Travel: Salt Lake City or Park City to Zion National Park: 310 miles | ~4.75 hours
Stops Along the WayKolob CanyonsParowan GapKanarraville Falls, Circleville
Related ItinerariesFamily FrontierUnexpected SouthwestButch Cassidy’s West

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