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Utah Film Tour

Duration

10 days, 9 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10

Languages

English

Pricing

To Be Determined
Please call (435) 940-4212 for a personal quote for your specific group size.

Overview

Tour Dates: October 9th – 18th

Where Forrest Gump stops running, Butch Cassidy rides a bike, young Indiana Jones claims the Cross of Coronado, Ethan Hunt rock climbs, Maximus becomes a squire in The Brotherhood of Steel, and the President declares July 4th as Independence Day for the world—All of these iconic moments from film and television were filmed in Utah. This tour takes you to these and many other film locations where memorable cinematic scenes were captured.

Utah has a history of more than 100 years of movies being filmed in its iconic landscapes. This tour has been designed for you to experience Utah’s majestic landscapes through the camera lens. We’ll visit film locations from Hollywood blockbusters, independent festival contenders, classic westerns, low-budget favorites, and beloved network and streaming series. Your guide will share stories behind the films and pinpoint exact scenery and buildings from your favorite movies. You’ll experience the best Utah has to offer including the stunning scenery and rich history while exploring the film heritage of America’s backlot.

● This tour takes you to film locations throughout Utah including several national parks where memorable cinematic scenes were captured for movies and shows including: Horizon: An American Saga, High School Musical, Pirates of the Caribbean, Con Air, Indiana Jones, Gravity, Fallout, Independence Day, Touched by an Angel, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and many others.

● This tour does not include much hiking, instead we visit Utah’s spectacular scenic destinations in search of iconic film locations while sharing stories of the places and people including those who helped make the Hollywood hits. We’ll allow you to take fun photos where your favorite movies were made, and we may even have props and costumes to help you out 😉

● Don’t worry, you’ll still get a chance to experience and learn about Utah’s natural wonders, fascinating history, and rich culture throughout the tour—just less geology and more filmography.

● Throughout the tour, we will have private movie trivia and experience nights. Come ready for some fun!

Can’t make it to this tour?

It’s all good! We are planning more in the future. Here are some upcoming dates.

Next Spring: March 19th -28th, 2025
Next Fall: October 12th – 21th, 2025

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Kevin Earl

Meet your Guide

Kevin has been watching movies for nearly 40 years and loves finding the places his favorite films were made or recognizing the locations while watching a movie. “I’ve been there!” Even more, Kevin loves sharing the stories and beauty of Utah and the American West with visitors from all over the world. Kevin is a native of Texas with deep Utah roots going back to the pioneers who helped settle the amazing place. He has been visiting Utah his whole life and has lived in and explored Utah and the American Southwest for many years. Kevin also spent six years living in China and two in Hungary. With his extensive travel experience, Kevin understands what makes a great tour and uses that knowledge to help his guests make special memories.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Sunset Tour of Antelope Island

Arrive at Salt Lake City International Airport in the morning and check into your hotel

Your guide collects the group at your Salt Lake City hotel in the evening for a welcome tour to Antelope Island, a location for one of the first two movies filmed in Utah, The Covered Wagon (1924). This state park is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake and teeming with wildlife including one of the largest wild herds of bison whose ancestors were featured in that 1924 silent film. We visit the island’s historic ranch, watch for wildlife, and enjoy local treats while the sun sets over the Great Salt Lake.

If you are unable to find arrival flights this morning, please arrive the previous day. Please reach out to our office to coordinate your timing or if you would like assistance reserving a hotel the previous night and to arrange your transfer from the airport.

Day 2: Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover Airfield, and Salt Lake City

Your guide picks you up first thing in the morning and takes you 100 miles west to the Bonneville Salt Flats used for filming Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), World’s Fastest Indian (2006), and Bonneville (2008). You walk on the salt flats and take photos of this spectacular landscape.

Next, we drive another 10 miles to the border of Nevada and visit the historic Wendover Airfield used for filming Con Air (1997), Independence Day (1996), Hulk (2003), and the Amazon series Fallout (2024). Not only can you stand where Bill Pullman gave his impassioned speech as President of the United States, but you also get to go inside the Jailbird (one of two planes used as props for Con Air) and visit Maximus’s Brotherhood of Steel barrack. Additionally, you learn the history of this important Manhattan Project site and WWII training facility.

After lunch, we return to Salt Lake City to visit film locations for Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003), High School Musical 1-3, Halloween 4-6, Dumb and Dumber (1994), Touched by an Angel (1994-2003), The Sandlot (1993), Carnival of Souls (1962), and more. This city tour includes a visit to East High School, Trolley Square, and the Utah State Capitol Building.

We’ll end the day with a movie trivia and experience night.

Day 3: Utah Valley and St. George

After breakfast, we drive south to Utah Valley where we stop at the Lehi Roller Mills where Kevin Bacon’s character in Footloose (1984) worked. Then, we drive a little further south to Goshen where you can see the mountain backdrop for the Holy Land in The Chosen. We then continue our drive to Southern Utah.

Our first destination in the St. George area is a beautiful red rock wonderland known as Snow Canyon State Park, film location for Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Romancing the Stone (1984), and Good Luck, Charlie, It’s Christmas (2011). You next tour this historic pioneer city that Kevin Costner has chosen for his new movie studio and backlot after spending three summers filming his new movie series Horizon: An American Saga (2024/2025) throughout Southern Utah.

Day 4: Zion and Little Hollywood

In the morning, we pass by the bridge and gorge from James Bond’s daring Octopussy (1983) airplane chase on our way to Grafton, a ghost town where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and other classic westerns were filmed.

After lunch in Springdale, we venture into Zion Canyon on the park shuttle where Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Car (1977), The Dude Ranger (1934), and Thunderhead: Son of Flicka (1945) were filmed.

We then drive through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel and the eastern side of Zion National Park on our way to Kanab, Utah’s Little Hollywood, where we check into the Parry Lodge, hotel to the stars when they worked in the area.

We’ll end the day with a movie trivia and experience night.

Day 5: Kanab and Lake Powell

While in Kanab, we visit the Little Hollywood Museum where set pieces from The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and more are on display. Then, we see the Gunsmoke (1955-1975) set in Johnson Canyon before heading to Lake Powell.

On Lake Powell, you take a boat tour to see film locations from Planet of the Apes (1968), Maverick (1994), and Gravity (2013). You also learn about this magnificent scenery and the nation’s second largest reservoir that Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze skydived over in Point Break (1991) and that made the backdrop for the Mandalorian (2023).

That evening, we visit the spectacular Horseshoe Bend at sunset.

Day 6: Travel and Monument Valley

After breakfast, we drive through the Navajo Nation to Goulding’s Lodge where you join a tour of Monument Valley Tribal Park, with its magnificent stone formations that served as the iconic backdrops for John Ford’s epic westerns and more recent big budget Hollywood films including Stagecoach (1939), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Back to the Future part III (1990), Wild Wild West (1999), The Searchers (1956), and many more.
After lunch and a quick visit of the historic Goulding’s Trading Post museum, we drive north to Moab with a stop at the Forrest Gump (1994) overlook.

Day 7: Arches National Park and Castle Valley

We start the day in Arches National Park and follow a similar path to River Phoenix’s scout troop in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), a similar route to that of Thelma and Louise (1991). We visit Balanced Rock and Double Arch and see other iconic scenery. Learn about this spectacular landscape that drew Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott to make movies in Utah.

After Arches, we drive along the Colorado River to Red Cliffs Lodge, film location for John Wayne’s Red River (1948), and visit the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage. After lunch on the banks of the Colorado, we see film locations from Horizon: An American Saga (2024) and City Slickers II: The Search for Curly’s Gold (1994).

We’ll end the day with a pizza party and movie trivia and experience night. Pizza is from Curry Pizza, featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on Food Network with Guy Fieri.

Day 8: Dead Horse Point, Goblin Valley, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands National Park

In the morning, we start with Dead Horse Point State Park and enjoy the grand views across the Colorado River into Canyonlands National Park. Here, we see the rock pinnacle Tom Cruise freeclimbed at the beginning of Mission Impossible II (2000). This stunning landscape is also site of Thelma and Louise’s climactic end and film location in Joe Dirt (2001). We’ll also visit the Green River Overlook in Canyonlands National Park where the Sermon on the Mount was filmed for The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).

Next, we drive near the surface of the planet Vulcan from Star Trek (2009) to the alien planet from Galaxy Quest (1999) in Goblin Valley State Park. We walk among the hoodoo rock formations where Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, and Sam Rockwell were chased by the cute childlike creatures and a giant rock monster.

After lunch in Hanksville at Duke’s Slickrock Grill, we drive through more other-worldly scenery featured in the opening scene of John Carter (2012) and in the remake of Point Break (2015) before driving through Capitol Reef National Park. This drive includes ancient Fremont petroglyph panels and historic pioneer orchards.

We’ll end the day with a movie trivia and experience night.

Day 9: Sundance and Heber Valley

On our drive back to the Salt Lake area, we’ll tour Burns Saddlery in Salina, where hats, boots, and more were made for Yellowstone (2018-). We arrive at Sundance Ski Resort in time for lunch with the stunning mountain scenery that Robert Redford purchased in 1969 and later filmed Jeremiah Johnson (1972) on the back of Mount Timpanogos.

After lunch, we drive into Heber Valley for film locations of Dumb and Dumber, Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), and a host of holiday rom-coms including Mistletoe Mixup (2021) with the Lawrence brothers, Enchanted Christmas (2017), and Checked Inn to Christmas (2019). We also go for a scenic train ride on the Historic Heber Valley Railroad, riding on a train and tracks that have been used in movies and television for years. These include Laney & Diedre Rob a Train (2017), Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy (2006), Escape from Germany (2024), and Touched by an Angel (1994-2003).

From Heber, we drive to Park City for the night.

Day 10: Park City and Departure

Our tour ends in Park City. You tour the Utah Film Studios where Yellowstone (2018-), Wind River (2017), and more were filmed. We see where Lindsay Lohan’s Falling for Christmas (2022) was filmed, and we drive down historic Main Street and learn of the mining and ski history while seeing the Egyptian Theater, a main venue for the Sundance Film Festival.

In the afternoon, we help you get to the airport or your next hotel in the Park City or Salt Lake City area.

Experienced Guide
Accommodations (9 nights)
Breakfasts
Lunches
Pizza dinner in Torrey
Transportation
Entrance into national and state parks and museums
Private movie screenings
Heber Valley Railroad ticket

Airfare
Guide Gratuity
Hotel Incidentals
Dinners
Personal Expenses
Donation to Little Hollywood Movie Museum ($5 recommended)

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