LIGHTS, CAMERAS, COWBOYS

3 Western Movie Backdrops That Stun Off-Screen

Check out the sets of City Slickers, Planet of the Apes, and, uh, Back to the Future III.

By Allison Williams February 26, 2020 Published in the March 2020 issue of Seattle Met

Monument Valley's buttes in Navajo Nation.

Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona

The iconic rockscape was director John Ford’s favorite backdrop, but a visit to the buttes within the Navajo Nation is as much American history education as a Stagecoach (or Back to the Future III, nerd) pilgrimage.

Kanab, Utah, aka "Little Hollywood."

Kanab, Utah

The southern Utah town famous for appearing in The Outlaw Josey Wales and Planet of the Apes earned itself the nickname “Little Hollywood,” though its silver screen history museum is currently for sale.

Ghost Ranch remains a popular backdrop.

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

If you can’t find something that fascinates on these desert acres—City Slickers filming location, Georgia O’Keeffe outdoor studio, and dinosaur fossil dig site—the problem might be you. 

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