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5845 N Calle Tiburon Tucson
Tucson, AZ 85704
Old Tucson Movie Studios
Old Tucson offers a complete western town with 75 buildings including 32 practical buildings. The 320 acre location sets within the Tucson Mountain Park in the Sonoran Desert.
The world-famous Old Tucson Movie Studio, the backdrop for some of Hollywood's greatest movies went up in smoke. Favorites films such as Rio Bravo, Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Three Amigos, and more recently, Tombstone with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, were filmed there. The television series High Chaparral made its home at Old Tucson, as well as episodes of Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and countless TV commercials. Without our even being aware of it, most of us have been screen-visitors to this now historic landmark many times. If you have seen a John Wayne movie, you have probably been to Old Tucson.
Built in 1939 for the movie Arizona, the studio was opened to the public in 1960. It soon grew into a park where visitors could not only get a taste of the Old West, but could learn how movies were made and see props and visit locations that evokes fond memories of some of their favorite western stars and movies.
Old Tucson Studios is a visit to the Old West -- well, Hollywood's version of it anyway, and that's the Old West that we know and love. It is located in Tucson Mountain Park, just west of the beautiful city of Tucson. The Tucson Mountains form a barrier between today and yesterday, so as you look east towards Tucson, you see only the Sonoran Desert.
Tucson Mountain Park borders Saguaro National Park, so enjoy the beautiful drive through the lush and picturesque Sonoran Desert backdrop. Saguaros are the cactus that are generally thought of when one says "Arizona," because typically, they are the ones seen most in western movies. Not a coincidence, since over 300 westerns have been filmed right here at Old Tucson Studios! That image of the West came from this very place.
Old Tucson is concentrating on living history as well. The Old West comes alive with action-packed gunfights in the streets throughout the day and saloon girls waving their kerchiefs to the passersby. There are 6 new attractions including trail rides and stagecoach rides. And there is now a western-history educational program focusing on Arizona's pioneers, including Native Americans.
For both the movie buff and the fan of the Old West, one can find throughout the park famous movie sets, film memorabilia and authentic items from the Old West. To enhance your experience, park tour guides offer inside stories from the archives of Old Tucson Studios about famous movies and movie stars. Tours are available.
There are three restaurants at Old Tucson Studios, an ice cream parlor, a sweet shop and a cantina. And of course, there is plenty of opportunity to purchase Hollywood, movie star, Old West, and Native American memorabilia and souvenirs. You ought to be in pictures! Bring your cameras!
Old Tucson is open daily year-round, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10AM to 6PM.
Old Tucson Studios is located in Tucson Mountain Park, 201 S. Kinney Road. Take Interstate 10, exit Speedway Boulevard (west) and follow the signs. Due to road restrictions in Tucson Mountain Park, recreational vehicles should travel I-10 to I-19 south, exit Ajo Way (west) to Kinney Road and follow the signs.
Please contact: 520-883-0100 or www.oldtucson.com
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