Durango Movies

Since 1925, nearly 30 films have been filmed on location in and around Durango, Colorado. Durango’s sunny and warm weather, coupled with fantastic scenery and the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad make the city of Durango the ideal location for movie making. Durango’s debut on the Silver Screen was in 1925 with the film Ticket to Tomahawk, a railroad western that closely paralleled Durango’s own wild west history. The film featured drama of the old west, focusing on a railroad and a stage coach line competing for business.

Drama, comedy, and adventure are the themes of movies filmed in the Durango Area. Two memorable Hollywood productions with filming in Durango include City Slickers with Billy Crystal and National Lampoon’s Vacation with Chevy Chase. Action and drama films from Durango include Sylvester Stallone’s Cliffhanger and Downhill Racer starring Robert Redford. And of course, the most memorable film of all is another Redford film, an Academy Award winning western buddy film that paired Redford with Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The 1969 film is based on the historic exploits of Butch Cassidy and his Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Here’s a complete chronology of films with scenes filmed on location in Durango:

On Location in Durango

1925 Limited Mail, The (1925)
1950 Ticket to Tomahawk, A (1950)
1951 Across the Wide Missouri (1951)
1952 Denver and Rio Grande (1952)
1952 Viva Zapata! (1952)
1953 Lone Hand (1953)
1953 Naked Spur, The (1953)
1954 Three Young Texans (1954)
1955 Run for Cover (1955)
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
1956 Maverick Queen, The (1956)
1957 Night Passage (1957)
1962 How the West Was Won (1962)
1965 Sons of Katie Elder, The (1965)
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
1969 Downhill Racer (1969)
1972 When the Legends Die (1972)
1978 Avalanche (1978)
1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
1987 Abduction of Kari Swenson, The (1987) (TV)
1991 City Slickers (1991)
1993 Cliffhanger (1993)
1994 Great American Train Rides (1994) (V)
1999 Durango Kids (1999)
2000 Claim, The (2000)
2000 Nurse Betty (2000)
2002 Dobe and a Company of Heroes (2002) (TV)
2002 Motorcycle Women (2002) (TV)
2006 Connecticut Kid, The (2006)