Old Tucson Studios

Warning, this is a photo intensive blog. Old Tucson Studios is an Arizona movie set wild west town. Over 300 movies, commercials, and TV shows have been shot here since it was built in 1939.  I’m sure you have seen a lot of them. We had such a good time and spent most of the day here, there is so much to see.


Our first stop inside the gate was the Movie Museum. Here’s where the list of all the movies made here is as well as lots of props and things from some of the movies.

Horses are saddled up and ready for anyone who wants to go on a trail ride. For the little ones there is a pony ride as well as a carousel.




Every 30 minutes one of the many stage areas has a performance of some sort.


No Honor Among Thieves



The Reno

Grand Palace Musical Review was the next performance we watched. This was in the Grand Palace Saloon and was very entertaining.

High Chapparal Ranch

High Chaparral Ranch

High Chapparal Crew

High Chaparral Celebrities


Olsen’s Mercantile, Little House on the Prairie

Another performance was a Hollywood Stunt Demonstration. These guys were good, and very funny. They put on a good show for us.

Hollywood Stunt Demonstration

Hollywood Stunt Demonstration

And then a reproduction of the first adobe schoolhouse built in Tucson, 1868.

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No Wild West town would be complete without a Sheriff’s Office and the Gallows.

Sherrif's office and the Gallows.

Sheriff’s office and the Gallows.

Here are a few more pictures from our day:

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There’s also train rides, stagecoach rides, a haunted mine, and more performances, as well as some cool restaurants. A great way to spend a day.

Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, The Lone Ranger, Have Gun Will Travel, Bonanza, High Chaparral, The Big Valley, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, How the West was Won, Geronimo, Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, and 3:10 to Yuma and so many more were shot here.

  • Gasoline:  none
  • Lodging:  free
  • Admission:  $36
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6 Responses to Old Tucson Studios

  1. This looks so interesting – I’ll have to add it to the list of things to get to one day!


  2. Anonymous says:

    We’re in New Orleans and have been so busy that I just got around to viewing this post. And wow, it is very cool
    and like someone else said, it’s now going on the bucket list. Thanks Marsha!

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  3. Shawna says:

    That looks like something my hubby and I would love to do! I’m marking this one on my Bucket List. Thanks for all the pics!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. What a fun day! I love watching old westerns and your photos brought back many memories of some of my favorites. Thanks!

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  5. John Abert says:

    By coincidence, we have been watching High Chaparral on You Tube, starting at the beginning. They have all 97 episodes on there. We cross reference IMDB.com to check the chronology of the series and to research the actors. We missed seeing Old Tucson Studios during the entire ten years we lived in Mesa, and during that time is when they had the big fire there. We’re glad to see much of it was saved, and what wasn’t was able to be rebuilt. It’s definitely on our list to see next fall, when we will be passing near there at St. David. We hope to cross paths with you at some point.

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    • marsbern says:

      Thank you for commenting. I wish I could be watching the old westerns now that we have been to Old Tucson but with my limited data plan we will have to wait, or find DVD’s. I’m sure you will enjoy Old Tucson as much as we did when you get there. Happy Trails. Marsha


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