When you go to Los Angeles, many people hope to see movie celebrities. If you walk down Hollywood Boulevard, you look for your favorite movie stars star on the Walk of Fame. But did you know that you can drive about 30 miles north of Hollywood to a working movie set? Paramount Ranch in Conejo Valley offers an opportunity to walk down the streets of a movie set where movies and show are still being filmed today. Some of your favorite shows like WestWorld, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman and Gunfight at OK Corral have been filmed right here on the dusty streets of Paramount Ranch.
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Paramount Ranch: Where Movies are Made
We drove over to Paramount Ranch after hiking out to the M*A*S*H Set in Santa Monica Creek State Park. Located less than 5 miles away from Agoura Hills, it’s an easy drive over to Paramount Ranch which is operated by the National Park Service as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
There is no fee for parking before you walk across the bridge into Paramount Ranch.
Once you cross the bridge into the town, you are instantly transported into whichever movie set you want to experience.
Do you want to be on the set of GunSmoke, WestWorld, or maybe an episode of the Mentalist? Just walk down the streets and picture your favorite show.
The building may look like full buildings, but if you look around the back, you might just see that the back looks different from the front.
In its sixty plus years of film history, this site has posed as Tombstone, Arizona and Dodge City, Kansas. It has stood in for the rolling hills of Montana and the dusty streets of Laredo. Movie-goers have been fooled into mistaking it for the Royal Gorge of Colorado, the Ozark Mountains, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Tom Sawyer’s Missouri. Producers have even passed it off as 13th century China, colonial Salem, and the island of Java. ~ SeeingStars.com
When Paramount Pictures leased the ranch in 1923, they began an era of film production that continues today. You can experience the area where Bob Hope starred in Caught in the Draft (1941) and Sandra Bullock had a leading role in The Lake House (2006). In the 1950s, Western Town was created for television shows, such as The Cisco Kid. More recent television productions at Paramount include The Mentalist, Weeds, and Hulu’s Quickdraw (2013-2014).
Find Paramount Ranch
2903 Cornell Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Where to Stay
Looking for a great place to stay while you are exploring Conejo Valley? Check out the Sheraton Hotel in Agoura Hills.
This comfortable family hotel offers a place to relax as the family as well as easy access to all the best restaurants of the Conejo Valley area as well as family fun adventures.
30100 Agoura Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301