Filming locations in Arizona

You don’t have to leave Arizona to experience the magic of Hollywood! Summer has always been a favorite time to visit top tourist attractions like the Hollywood Walk of Fame or Universal Studios. But did you know that Arizona has long been a hotspot for filming motion pictures?  

As far back as 1939, Arizona has been the go-to location for filming western movies. Stagecoach (1939), The Westerner (1940), Arizona (1940), Tombstone (1993), and even Little House on the Prairie (1974) are only a few of the movies and TV shows filmed around the state over the years. To learn more about movies filmed in Arizona, or for information to help plan your Arizona Hollywood inspired summer vacation, visit DAZL,the Digital Arizona Library.

             Photograph of John Wayne

“Photograph of John Wayne filming a movie at Old Tucson, near Tucson Arizona,” 1967, Arizona Archives Historic Photographs, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, History and Archives Division.

 

Arizona Memory Project

“Photograph of a street scene at Old Tucson (Ariz), a film and television set used for filming Westerns,” 1985, Arizona Archives Historic Photographs, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, History and Archives Division.

“Photograph of Kenny Rogers filming a movie at Old Tucson, near Tucson, Arizona,” 1980, Arizona Archives Historic Photographs, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, History and Archives Division.

Reading Arizona

Lili DeBarbieri, Location Filming in Arizona, USA: History Press, 2014.

Karen Despain and Nancy Burgess, Around Yavapai County, Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2011.

Dawn Shell, Casa Grande, USA: Arcadia Publishing, 2011.