Zion: Movie and TV Hotspot

Southern Utah has long provided spectacular scenery for westerns, and just plain wild/weird scenery for science fiction or horror movies.
Romancing the Stone Movie had scenes in Zion

Romancing the Stone Movie had scenes in Zion

People on their first visit to Utah's slickrock country often experience deja vu -- the sense that they've seen this country's geology before. Chances are, they have seen cliffs, canyons, rivers and hoodoo formations before in movies or television.

Southern Utah has long provided spectacular scenery for westerns, and just plain wild/weird scenery for science fiction or horror movies.

One of the types of information stored about movies and TV shows in the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is the filming location. Productions filmed in Utah can be viewed, organized by city or other specific location (such as a national park) using the page at:http://us.imdb.com/LocationTree?Utah,+USA

Movies and TV filmed in or near Zion National Park, Utah

1. Arizona Kid, The (1930)
2. Behind the Movie Lens (1938)
3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
4. Car, The (1977)
5. Desperate Hours (1990)
6. Dude Ranger, The (1934)
7. Eiger Sanction, The (1975)
8. Electric Horseman, The (1979)
9. In Old Arizona (1929)
10. In Old Oklahoma (1943)
...aka War of the Wildcats (1944) (UK)
11. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
12. Jewel of the Nile, The (1985)
13. Mormon Conquest (1941)
14. Ramrod (1947)
15. Romancing the Stone (1984)
16. Time for Killing, A (1967)
17. Zion Canyon: Treasure of the Gods (1996)

Movies and TV filmed in Kanab, Utah

1. "Daniel Boone" (1964) TV Series
2. "Death Valley Days" (1952) TV Series
...aka "Call of the West" (1952) (USA: syndication title)
...aka "Pioneers, The" (1952) (USA: syndication title)
...aka "Trails West" (1952) (USA: syndication title)
...aka "Western Star Theater" (1952) (USA: syndication title)
3. "Lone Ranger, The" (1949) TV Series
4. 6-18-67 (1967)
5. Car, The (1977)
6. Challenge the Wilderness (1951)
7. El Dorado (1967)
8. Fargo Kid, The (1940)
9. In Old Oklahoma (1943)
10. Kansas Raiders (1950)
11. Lone Ranger, The (1956)
12. Mackenna's Gold (1969)
13. One Little Indian (1973)
14. Outlaw Josey Wales, The (1976)
15. Ride in the Whirlwind (1965)
16. Ride, Vaquero! (1953)
17. Sergeants 3 (1962)
18. Shooting, The (1967)
19. Wagon Train (1940)
20. Western Union (1941)
21. Westward the Women (1950)
22. Windrunner (1995)


The night skies over the ghost town of Grafton, Utah. Photo by Rob Wood Photography

Small Historic Towns near Utah National Parks

Utah is full of little towns with old west history (and ghosts!) Visit these tiny burbs in the Southern half of the state.

Telephone Canyon, the Temple of Sinawava. Photo by NPS Jason Burton

History Behind Zion Park Names

The first Anglo-European settlers, Mormon pioneers, named the area Zion, which is ancient Hebrew for sanctuary or refuge.


Delve into Zion History

There are tens of thousands of ruins, artifacts, petroglyphs and pictographs throughout the region. One of the most fun things you can do is find an ancient artifact on your own.

Cutthroat Castle at Hovenweep National Monument

Historic Attractions in Utah

From some of the continent's most ancient artifacts through the living history of the earliest European settlers, there are more historic sites than you can shake a stick at.

Hoodoos at sunrise in Bryce Canyon National Park

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales from Acadia to Zion -- The National Parks: America's Best Idea really does express one of our best ideas ever.

1920's Union Pacific Railroad

Railroad shaped beginning of Zion National Park

Railroads have always been involved with the national park system in the United States, from the founding of the first national park, Yellowstone.

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

Abbey's book evokes the stark beauty and grandeur of Utah's red-rock country. He champions the cause against "industrial tourism."

Location of Utah national parks

Where are Utah's National Parks?

Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Arches national parks are in the southern part of Utah and close to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

1903 Painting of Zion Canyon by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh: Zion Artist

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh was a painter and a photographer that helped popularize Zion National Park and bring national attention to southeastern Utah.