The Kanab Movie Ranch is located in Kanab Canyon (Angel Canyon), approximately 5 miles north of Kanab. Although the ranch ceased operation around 1985, the sign leading into the site remained in place until about 1993.
The site is now owned by the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. The road that winds through the canyon is open to the public and you can view the entire site from the roadway.

When I first contacted the ranch in the late 1970's, there were still three movie sets on the property. At this time, one of those sets has been moved--the set used by Clint Eastwood in "The Outlaw Josie Wales" was purchased by Ray Lopeman and moved to his Lopeman's Frontier Town in Kanab. The sets that remain at the ranch site are a barn built by Walt Disney for the feature "Fort Dobbs" and a stone building built by Tom Mix.

"The Lone Ranger" television series used the area quite extensively during its color season, as well as a number of other television shows, including "How the West was Won", "Death Valley Days", "Have Gun, Will Travel", "Gunsmoke", "Wagon Train", "Lassie", "Route 66", "Daniel Boone", and "F Troop".

"Kanab Movie Ranch features the world's largest cookout cave, movie sets, cliff dwellings, underground lake, horseback riding, hiking, off-highway tours, and camping. It is a working ranch with cattle, horses and other interesting animals and also features the Crocodile Guest Ranch." (From a postcard sold by Kanab Movie Ranch)

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Slot Canyon where Glenn Ford and Big Boy Williams hid in "the Desperadoes".
Photos by Mike Del Gaudio


"Billy the Kid" (MGM 1941) Directed by: David Miller. Cast: Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy, Chill Wills.

"Calamity Jane and Sam Bass" (Universal 1949) Directed by: George Sherman. Cast: Yvonne De Carlo, Howard Duff.

"Red Canyon" (Universal 1949) Directed by: George Sherman. Cast: Howard Duff, Ann Blyth.

"Sierra" (Universal 1950) Directed by: Alfred E. Green. Cast: Audie Murphy, Wanda Hendrix, Dean Jagger, Burl Ives.

"Bugles in the Afternoon" (Warner Brothers 1952) Directed by: Roy Rowland. Cast: Ray Milland, Hugh Marlowe, Forrest Tucker.

"Westward the Women" (MGM 1952) Directed by: William A. Wellman. Cast: Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, John McIntire, Hope Emerson, Henry Nakamura, Renata Vanni.

"The Yellow Tomahawk" (United Artists 1954) Directed by: Lesley Selander. Cast: Rory Calhoun, Peggie Castle, Lee Van Cleef, Rita Moreno, Noah Beery, Peter Graves.

"The Lone Ranger" (Warner Brothers 1956) Directed by: Stuart Heisler. Cast: Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Lyle Bettger, Bonita Granville.

"War Drums" (United Artists 1957) Directed by: Reginald LeBorg. Cast: Lex Barker, Joan Taylor, Ben Johnson, Stuart Whitman.

"Duel at Diablo" (United Artists 1966) Directed by: Ralph Nelson. Cast: James Garner, Bibi Anderson, Sidney Poitier.

"Bandolero!" (20th Century Fox 1968) Directed by: Andrew McLaglen. Cast: James Stewart, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch, George Kennedy, Harry Carey Jr.

"Mackenna's Gold" (Columbia 1969) Directed by: J. Lee Thompson. Cast: Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Camilla Sparv, Eli Wallich, Keenan Wynn, Edward G. Robinson, Raymond Massey, Anthony Quayle, Lee J. Cobb, Burgess Meredith, Eduardo Ciannelli.

"One Little Indian" (Buena Vista 1973) Directed by: Bernard McEveety. Cast: James Garner, Vera Miles, Jodie Foster, Clay O'Brien, Jay Silverheels.

"The Outlaw Josie Wales" (Warner Bros 1976) Directed by: Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon.