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Durango in the Movies

“Hollywood of the Rockies”

Since 1925, nearly 30 films have shot on location in and around Durango. The dramatic and varying landscapes as well as the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad are unique assets that appeal to the film industry and tourists.

Movies Shot in Durango

  • The Limited Mall (1925)
  • A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)
  • Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
  • Colorado Territory (1949)
  • Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)
  • Denver and Rio Grande (1952)
  • Viva Zapata (1952)
  • Lone Hand (1953)
  • The Naked Spur (1953)
  • Three Young Texans (1954)
  • Run for Cover (1955)
  • Maverick Queen (1956)
  • Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
  • The Maverick Queen (1956)
  • Night Passage (1957)
  • How the West Was Won (1963)
  • The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • Downhill Racer (1969)
  • Support Your Local Gunfighter (1970)
  • When Legends Die (1972)
  • Avalanche (1978)
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (1984)
  • The Tracker (1987)
  • City Slickers (1991)
  • Rebirth of a Locomotive (1992)
  • Cliffhanger (1993)
  • Durango Kid (1999)
  • The Claim (2000)
  • Nurse Betty (2000)
  • The Prestige (2004)
  • The Connecticut Kid (2006)
  • The Lone Ranger (2012)

Vacation on Location
Durango has vacation packages to visit some of the film spots: 
City Slickers:  http://www.durangoreservations.org/movie-package 
Enjoy the history and charm of Durango, Colorado, the town where they filmed City Slickers, and kick up your heels and shake off the hustle and bustle of the city life. Retreat to a more peaceful and relaxed way of life in the true "Old West." Stay at a dude ranch or historic hotel and set up your base camp. Then take on adventure and explore real pristine Colorado with a ride on the world-famous Durango train, visit a working farm or ranch to see what Colorado's agricultural life is like or take a good 'ol horsebackride. You'll find plenty of places to outfit yourself in western wear including the essential cowboy hat. Before you hit the trail, enjoy a plethora of fine restaurants, coffee houses and the finer points of "City Life."

Four Corners Film Office
Four Corners Film Office is a one-stop shop that can get you connected to the production resources you need in Southwest Colorado. We do that by serving as a liaison, facilitator and information hub. Production is complex—especially on location. By using our free services and local expertise for locations and production resources in Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners region, you can speed the process, reduce costs and avoid surprises. Browse our Location Gallery, and contact us for information about local location scouts, crew, talent, facilities, equipment rentals, lodging, transportation, catering and other support services.
From dramatic alpine peaks and colorful, historic towns like Durango, Silverton and Pagosa Springs, to the desert canyons and ancient cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde Country, the region has an unmatched diversity of locations.The Four Corners region also has four distinct seasons, exceptionally sunny weather, and a jet-served airport in Durango (DRO).
Four Corners Film Office, ?295 A Girard St.?Durango, Colorado 81303?
Phone: (970) 946-3636
http://www.4cornersfilmoffice.org/

Books on Movies in Durango

Hollywood of the Rockies
Frederic B. Wildfang

Images of America, Durango
Arcadia Publishing, 2009 - ?History - 128 pages
Review of the book: http://bit.ly/9XMQ7k
The storied town of Durango is situated on the farmlands of the Ancestral Puebloans, which later became the hunting grounds for the Southern Utes, in the Animas River Valley of southwestern Colorado. Founded in 1880 as the headquarters of the Silverton branch of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, Durango became the supply depot for gold and silver mines up and down the Western Slope. One of the few old-time cowboy towns in Colorado that retains the vibrancy of a self-supporting downtown of hotels, restaurants, and retail businesses, Durango has worked actively to restore and remodel historic buildings. Enhanced by stories of Spanish explorers, miners, settlers, early entrepreneurs, and the desperadoes of Western lore as well as Hollywood myth, Durango has earned a reputation as one of the Rocky Mountains favorite travel destinations.


Durango Area Tourism Office | 802 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 | 970-247-3500
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