When director William Wellman came to Kane County to film Buffalo Bill, he was floored by its people and their readiness to appear as stuntmen and extras in his film. Thus, he dubbed the area “a Little Hollywood all its own.” Or so the legend goes.
Due to the popularity cowboy movies and Westerns enjoyed during the early 20th century—and Hollywood directors’ desires to find new set locations—more than 100 motion pictures have been shot in Kane County since the 1920s. Remnants of movie sets can be found up in Johnson Canyon and Paria Canyon, both of which you can tour on your own.
Or, better yet, you can head to the Little Hollywood Museum in Kanab. This free, nonprofit museum is dedicated to preserving movie sets from Kanab’s glory days of film production.
What Makes it Great
A bit of a quirky, non-traditional type of stop on most tourists’ agendas, the Little Hollywood Museum beckons those curious enough to follow the signs upon entering Kanab city limits.
Once you walk through the gift shop—there is also a portrait studio and chuckwagon restaurant in the building—you head to the back exit where the sets are located. There, take a self-guided tour of sets from The Outlaw Josey Wales, Sergeants 3, Desperate Hours, One Little Indian, Black Bart, and more. Aside from the sets, which are the most attractive and curious part of the museum, there are hundreds of photographs and props as well.
What You’ll Remember
The sagebrush as it blows past you right before your duel to the death … oh wait, this isn’t an actual movie. But, what you will remember is peering into the adobe houses from the set of T he Outlaw Josey Wales or checking out the well-preserved set from a Kenny Loggins music video special.
Who is Going to Love It
Movie junkies, lovers of Westerns, and families looking for kid-friendly activities to mix up the vacation.
GPS Coordinates, Parking and Regulations
GPS Coordinates: (37.047684, -112.534394)
Park in the main parking lot in front. The museum is free and open year-round. Hours are 9am to 5pm. The museum is located outside, so it’s not much of an air-conditioned respite from the summer heat, but it’s worth stopping in as you can work it in your schedule, perhaps before eating dinner in Kanab or to start your day.
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