Butch Cassidy's West
For movie buffs, this scenic tour of the state of Utah comes alive with nostalgia for Robert Redford’s iconic film, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," and some of Butch Cassidy's real-life haunts.
Start: Las Vegas
Finish: Salt Lake City
Hours of driving: 12–16+ depending on side trips to Circleville or an off-road excursion to Robber's Roost.
He's one of the American West's most notorious outlaws. Though his fame is rooted in theft, his story has transcended the life of crime to became a legend with almost mythical underpinnings. The son of rural Utah pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that legend is Butch Cassidy. On this multiday road trip through Utah, wrap the Hollywood narrative into landmarks from the outlaw's life by exploring locations from both stories.
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.
After exploring these Hollywood backdrops, you'll set off on one of Southern Utah's best road trips, the All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12. You'll steal glimpses of the red rock country that captivates modern travelers and at times shielded Butch Cassidy's Hole-in-the-Wall Gang from the law. Here's where you can add extra days to your itinerary. In other words, come for the chance to participate in Butch Cassidy's legend, but don't miss the opportunity to linger in some of America's most scenic and most adventurous parks and monuments.
While you could head back at this point, you're now close enough to Salt Lake City to consider seeing the legend kept alive in the present day. Rumor has it the Owl Bar, originally built in the 1890s, was moved from the town of Thermopolis, Wyoming, and had been visited by Butch Cassidy’s Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Sundance founder Robert Redford played the Sundance Kid in the 1969 movie, and the Sundance Mountain Resort and Park City-based Sundance film festivals inherit the spirit of that film.