Old Tucson

After our time at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum we made a stop in Old Tucson.

Old Tucson was built in 1939 for the movie Arizona and since that time more than 300 movies and TV shows have been filmed there. If you are a fan of old western movies you have probably seen some of the movies filmed in Old Tucson; Rio Bravo, Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Three Amigos, and more recently, Tombstone with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. The television series High Chaparral, Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and countless TV commercials were also filmed on this site.

In 1960 Old Tucson was opened to the public and visitors are now able to get a taste of the Old West, see props and visit locations where some of their favourite western movies and TV shows were filmed. They say, “If you have seen a John Wayne movie, you have probably been to Old Tucson”.

In 1995 the Old Tucson Movie Studio was set ablaze by arson that destroyed nearly 40% of the buildings. Some of those buildings have now been rebuilt but sadly the soundstage and the 10,000 square-foot wardrobe and prop collections are gone forever.

We enjoyed our time here but did feel the admission was a little steep, almost $40.00 for the two of us. The admission covers the presentations but the carriage ride and a few other things are extra.

The three hours we spent in Old Tucson went quickly and the presentations we attended were well done.

Replica of 1876 school house.


Inside the old saloon where we stopped for a drink.


This building looks familiar from lot’s of old shows ☺


Near the end of the day we came across a gunfight!

This is Golden Gate Mountain, which can be seen in almost every movie filmed in Old Tucson.

Golden Gate Mountain

Our return trip to the RV Park was made through Gates Pass.

Grants Pass

And in fine cowboy tradition … we road off into the sunset 🙂

Until next time …


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