AAA Editor Notes
Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage is in the Red Cliffs Lodge at Milepost 14 on SR 128. The museum—part of Red Cliffs Ranch, a working ranch since the late 19th century—houses memorabilia detailing Moab's involvement in the film industry, along with displays relating cowboy culture. Since the late 1940s, numerous movies have been shot on location in the region. Its rugged terrain made it an ideal spot to film Westerns, especially in the eyes of director John Ford, a pioneer of on-location shooting who made “Wagon Master” and “Rio Grande” here.
“Taza, Son of Cochise,” with Rock Hudson; “Warlock,” which featured Henry Fonda and Anthony Quinn; and “The Comancheros,” starring John Wayne, were filmed in and around Moab. In addition to more than 100 commercials, such '90s cinematic productions as “City Slickers” and “Thelma & Louise” also were shot in Moab. The museum's collection includes early pioneer relics as well as photographs of such actors as Maureen O'Hara, Lee Marvin and James Stewart, all of whom worked on motion pictures at the ranch.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 45 minutes minimum.