HBO's Westworld. See it now, in Utah.
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 Moab, Arches National Park, some of the West's best whitewater on the Colorado River and virtually limitless open space to roam.
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
Though many Utah landscapes are woven into the fabric of Hollywood, they