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Old Tucson Studios

Visiting Old Tucson Studios

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  • Hours: Open daily
  • Cost: Admission charged, with discounts for AAA members, senior citizens, military personnel and Pima County residents
  • Location: Just outside Tucson, driving directions below
  • How Long: Allow three hours to see all the movie sets, and more if you watch shows
  • Best Time to Visit: Any time, but this spot has little shade and can be very hot in mid-summer
  • See It Now: Photo Tour

Old Tucson Studios

Be prepared for a feeling of deja vu when you visit Old Tucson Studios, especially if you're a fan of western films and television programs. This place was the backdrop for many of your favorites, including Little House on the Prairie, High Chapparal and Gunfight at the OK Corral.

Old Tucson Studios was (and still is) a working film set. In 1939, Columbia Pictures built replica of 1860s Tucson here for the film Arizona. More realistic than previous works done inside, it set new standard for western films, and started a move toward filming on location.

The movie town, its buildings made of real adobe bricks, soon became a popular Western filming location. It reached its pinnacle in the 1950s, when dozens of westerns were filmed here, including Gunfight at the OK Corral and four of John Wayne's most famous western films: Rio Bravo, Rio Lobo, McClintock and El Dorado.

Today, besides still being used as a film setting, Old Tucson Studios is a tourist attraction, its streets filled with fake gunfights and stunt shows. If you find the Old Tucson Studios shows a bit corny, explore on your own and fill in the scenes in your imagination. The film clips shown before the Western Movie Magic show are entertaining, and the building's cool interior provides a great place to rest your feet and cool off.

You'll find plenty of places to get something to eat or drink at Old Tucson Studios, but little in the way of shade. In hot weather, wear hats and sunscreen and be sure to drink plenty of water.

Getting to Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios
201 South Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ
(520) 883-0100
Old Tucson Studios Website
From I-10 west of Tucson, exit at Speedway Boulevard. Follow the signs west toward Old Tucson Studios. This route goes through some winding roads. If you're driving a large RV or towing a trailer, take I-19 south, then go west on Ajo Way (Highway 86) to Kinney Road instead.

If You Liked Old Tucson Studios, You May Also Like:

  • Mescal: Old Tucson's sister property, located near Benson, east of Tucson.
  • Kanab, Utah: In the 1950s, many of our favorite Western television programs were filmed here, including Gunsmoke.
  • Tombstone, Arizona: The Town that Wouldn't Die was the scene of the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral.

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