Due to the popularity cowboy movies and Westerns enjoyed during the turn of the 20th century, and Hollywood directors’ desires to find new set locations, more than 100 motion pictures have been shot in Kane County since the 1920s. Remnants of movie sets can be found up in Johnson Canyon and Paria Canyon, both of which you can tour on your own.
Quiet on the Set
Of course, any film fan knows landscapes are only part of the picture. A lot of the magic happens on the set. Get the full story when you head to the Little Hollywood Museum in Kanab. This free, nonprofit museum is dedicated to preserving movie sets from Kanab’s glory days of film production.
A bit of a quirky, non-traditional type of stop on many visitors' agendas, the Little Hollywood Museum beckons those curious enough to follow the signs upon entering Kanab city limits. It's hard not to. The Kanab area is filled with shades of the American West, and part of getting to know this place is better is getting acquainted with its history and heritage outside the stunning natural landscapes.
Once you walk through the gift shop — there is also a portrait studio and chuckwagon restaurant in the building — you head to the back exit where the sets are located. There, take a self-guided tour of sets from "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Sergeants 3," "Desperate Hours," "One Little Indian," "Black Bar," a well-preserved set from a Kenny Loggins music video and more. Aside from the sets, which are the most attractive and curious part of the museum, there are hundreds of photographs and props.
Movie junkies, lovers of Westerns, and families looking for kid-friendly activities to mix up the vacation: We've found your next stop.
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Visit the Little Hollywood Museum
GPS Coordinates: (37.047684, -112.534394). Park in the main parking lot in front. The museum is free and open year-round. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is located outside, so it’s not much of an air-conditioned respite from the summer heat, but it’s worth stopping in as you can work it in your schedule, perhaps before eating dinner in Kanab or to start your day.