Rancho Maria has been known by many different names, including the Riley Ranch, Brooks Ranch, and possibly the Circle-K Ranch.

In the earlier days, the ranch home, the swimming pool, and the several barns and outbuildings were utilized by the film companies.

In 1987, a western street was constructed for the "Gambler III" movie.

Entrance to Rancho Maria

Rancho Maria western street

Rancho Maria western street

Closeup of the western street

Rancho Maria pool

DIRECTIONS: From Los Angeles, take the Golden State Freeway (5) north to the Antelope Valley Freeway (14) north. Exit at Sand Canyon and turn right. Go past Placerita Canyon Road. The ranch is on the right, after the Sable Ranch.


"Song of the Range" (Monogram 1944) Directed by: Wallace Fox. Cast: Jimmy Wakely, Dennis Moore, Lee White, Kay Forrester, Pierre Watkin, George Eldridge, Hugh Prosser, Steve Clark, Edmund Cobb, Bud Osborne, Ken Terrell, Carl Mathews, Carl Sepulveda.

"The Golden Eye" (Monogram 1948) Directed by: William Beaudine. Cast: Roland Winters, Wanda McKay, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Young, Bruce Kellogg, Tim Ryan, Evelyn Brent, Ralph Dunn, Lois Austin, Forrest Taylor, Lee "Lasses" White, Edmund Cobb.

"The Big Sombrero" (Columbia 1949) Directed by: Frank McDonald. Cast: Gene Autry, Elena Verdugo, Stephen Dunne, George J. Lewis, Vera Marshe, William Edmunds, Martin Garralaga, Gene Stutenroth, Neyle Morrow, Bob Cason, Pierce Lyden, Rian Valente, Antonio Filauri, Sam Bernard.

"Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues" (1987) Directed by: Dick Lowry. Cast: Kenny Rogers, Bruce Boxleitner, Linda Gray.

"Interceptor Force 2" (Unified Film Org. 2002) Directed by: Phillip J. Roth. Cast: Olivier Gruner, Roger R. Cross, Adrienne Wilkinson, Elizabeth Gracen.