HBO's Westworld. See it now, in Utah.

Castle Valley outside of Moab
Castle Valley outside of Moab

The much-acclaimed HBO series "Westworld" adapts Michael Crichton's 1973 screenplay and film into an interesting story updated for a modern audience and showcases some of director Jonathan Nolan's signature nonlinear storytelling. The setting is spellbinding, featuring rugged terrain and breathtaking vistas. Unforgettable Western backdrops bring the storytelling to life. But where was Westworld — both seasons one and two — filmed?

In season one, the sweeping place-setting camera shots of Castle Valley and Canyon Country (Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands National Park) that Jonathan Nolan's production team cut into the "Westworld" narrative are fitting for multiple reasons.

This scenic corner of Utah, more than anywhere else on the map, is a place that evokes the mythological west of classic Hollywood Westerns, including John Ford's long love affair with nearby Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in his depictions of the Wild West. It is quintessential western America, but these locations feel otherworldly, almost impossible. It is a natural amusement park of the highest order, home to MoabArches National Park, some of the West's best whitewater on the Colorado River and virtually limitless open space to roam.

Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
The sculptor here is the force of Mother Nature, whose patient hand harnessed wind, water, ice and time in the creation of Castle Valley, Utah.

Meanwhile, the three scenic byways in this area link many of the film's best panoramas as they wind through red rock valleys. Production stills from "Westworld" show a flatbed trailer trucking the the classic Fillmore & Western Railway train carriage set through Castle Valley to depict "Arrivals" to Westworld. A drive up the Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway is like arriving in the amusement park of Westworld. What adventures await?​

Season two introduces new Utah landscapes, including Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, known for Lake Powell, and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

Though many Utah landscapes are woven into the fabric of Hollywood, they are also travel destinations for your next outdoor adventure. Ready to start planning your visit? In the featured story below, you can explore itinerary ideas inspired by movies and television shows filmed in Utah and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Or, follow our Southwest Silver Screen itinerary through Southern Utah, which combines many of the best film destinations into one trip.

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Filmed in Utah Inspirational Itineraries

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Over the decades, the silver screen and television have featured Utah in more than 900 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.

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Southwest Silver Screen

Southwest Silver Screen

See silver screen cowboys and real ones, too. This five-day itinerary will take you to famous film backdrops and to the real Old West.

Moab

Moab

For outdoor recreation enthusiasts of all stripes, the surrounding canyons, valleys, cliffs and spires offer endless things to do in Moab. Moab isn’t only about pushing the envelope. There are also quiet, reflective moments that make the Moab area enchanting as well as excellent dining and cultural attractions in the town.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

A broad peninsula of land jutting out over the spectacular White Rim of the Colorado River, Dead Horse Point State Park specializes in the type of sweeping, jaw-dropping views that make visitors run for their cameras to try and capture the area’s grandeur. In recent years, a tight network of fun singletrack trails has begun attracting mountain bikers who want epic views with moderate rides, increasing the popularity of the park.