Located just moments away from the Arizona-Sonaran Desert Museum Old Tucson is not a historic town, but instead was built as filmsets and studios in the 1930s for some of Hollywood's most famous westerns, feature films and popular television shows.
Decimated by fire in the early 1990s Old Tucson has been rebuilt. Stunt shows, guided tours and activities including a miniature train ride around the whole site keeps young and old entertained for most of a whole day.
Just as one example of the many TV shows based at Old Tucson, the High Chaperral sign and Ranch House remain for all to see.
In 1960 Old Tucson was re-opened as a family fun park as well as a film studio. During the 1960's episodes of Bonanza and the High Chaparral were filmed here. Coming more up to date, in the 1990's came Tombstone.
Old Tucson continues to be a popular location for filming, and is a fantastic place to visit. As well as seeing the filmsets there are a host of family activities on the site - ride an antique car, go on the Wild West Carousel or strike it rich and pan for gold. You can also go for a trail ride around the 40 acre property.
Interior of The Little House on the Prairie
Familiar sign for TV viewers in the early 70's
High Chapperal Ranch House
From the opening sequence of Tombstone
Panning for Gold
Old Tucson has been the setting for more than 300 movies and TV productions including John Wayne westerns Rio Bravo and McLintock since it was originally built in 1939 when a replica of 1860's Tucson was required for the movie Arizona. It was built by local technicians and carpenters. Many of the adobe walls they built then can be seen today. With the Western Movie era in the 1950's Old Tucson was in much demand, and the Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Lone Ranger and Cimarron were filmed here.
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