Santa Fe California Limited on Canyon Diablo Bridge in 1943 by seneferu


Our #Oscars celebration continues with classic and modern western movie sets on BLM-managed lands!  

Alabama Hills near Hollywood – photo by Bob Wick, BLM.  Since the early 1920’s, movie stars such as Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, and the Lone Ranger have been shooting it out at the Alabama Hills.

Diablo Canyon Recreation Area in New Mexico – photo by Steven W. Martin.  More than a well-known rock climbing location, Diablo Canyon’s cracked basalt walls served as the perfect film backdrop for Cowboys and Aliens, 3:10 to Yuma, and City Slickers.

Red Rocks National Conservation Area in Nevada – photo by Bob Wick, BLM. Red Rocks featured Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger in Bells of San Angelo (1947).

The historic Empire Ranch in Las Cienegas National Conservation Area in Arizona – photos by Bob Wick, BLM. Rich with history, this is still an operating cattle ranch that looks much the same as it did in the 1800’s. It provided the perfect setting for Red River (1948) and McLintock (1963) starring John Wayne, Outlaw Josie Wales (Clint Eastwood, 1976), and Gunsmoke (James Arness-series).

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah – photo by Bob Wick. The Pariah townsite in the southern part of the monument included a movie set which was built in the early 1960s for Sergeants Three, a Western featuring Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. It also provided settings for the television series Death Valley Days and Gunsmoke. The last movie filmed there was The Outlaw Josie Wales in 1976.

Stay tuned for our final #Oscars post of the day – sci fi and horror film locations on your public lands!

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Quick swing across Arizona’s Meteor Crater. Look at the sedimentary layers in the far wall and how disturbed they have become due to the explosion.

Here is a throw back to when the Meteor Crater case was being constructed. 

Meteor Crater is 1.186 kilometers (0.737 mi) in diameter and roughly 170 m (570 ft) deep. The site was formerly known as the Canyon Diablo Crater and fragments of the meteorite are officially called the Canyon Diablo Meteorite.

This case is still on display on the upper floor.  

© The Field Museum, GEO81645.

Woman painting finishing touches on the Arizona Meteor Crater painting. Entire Case Hall 35.

8x10 negative