Accommodations near Old Tucson Studios
Here at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, you’re basking in the utmost in modern luxury and hospitality. That said, we also set you up nicely for indulging in a little romanticized appreciation of the Wild West, which our greater neighborhood here in the Sonoran Desert certainly embodied back in the day.
One fabulous place to step back in time to the days of gunslingers and outlaws is Old Tucson, the famous movie tucked against the Tucson Mountains less than an hour’s drive from our property.
Hundreds of Starring Roles Over the Decades
Since 1939, when Columbia Pictures constructed the site as a replica of frontier Tucson for the William Holden Arizona, Old Tucson has served as the backdrop for more than 400 films and TV productions. Some all-out classics of the Western genre shot here, including Gunfight at the OK Corral (1956), Rio Bravo (1959), Have Gun Will Travel (1962), and The Frisco Kid (1979), plus more recent depictions of the Old West: Young Guns II (1990), Tombstone (1993), and The Quick and the Dead (1994).
And we’d certainly be remiss not mentioning a more lighthearted classic filmed here: The Three Amigos, which brought Steven Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short to town in the mid-’80s.
Old Tucson’s small-screen legacy is no less impressive: Shows such as Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie took advantage of the thrillingly authentic look of the place.
Visiting Old Tucson
Films, shows, commercials, music videos, and photo shoots continue to seek Old Tucson (and its sister property of Mescal) out for the singular ambience, but everyday visitors—Westin La Paloma guests included—have plenty to do here besides soak up the scenery. The set presents stunt shows, mock gunfights, and musical productions, and meanwhile you can also get in the saddle for a horseback ride, climb aboard the C.P. Huntington Train for a narrated tour, and shoot the breeze with Old West sheriffs, saloonkeepers, and other Living History performers.
Tap into your inner cowboy or cowgirl and swing by Old Tucson during your next stay with us at Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. It evokes the Wild West, for sure, but it’s also an utterly fascinating place for movie buffs to tour locations used in plenty of iconic pictures, and tread dusty streets once trod by John Wayne, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, and other Hollywood legends.