What would you do if your consequences had no actions? Judging by HBO’s newest series, Westworld, probably eat, kill and coitus. Set in a futuristic amusement park modeled after the wild west, the new series is garnering attention both in plot and in its setting, the sweeping scenery and much like Game of Thrones tourists in Belfast and Dubrovnik, viewers want to see these arid environments firsthand. Those keen on visiting the “real” Westworld can find respite in these filming locations.
Originally part of Paramount Pictures, the 2,700-acre ranch has since become part of the National Park Service, which means just about anyone can visit the ranch’s old-timey, Dodge-City-like veneer where Westworld filmed its Main Street.
It doesn’t exactly look like the backdrop for a western, but the Santa Clarita Valley is home to two key Westworld components: ample horseback riding and the Melody Ranch Motion Picture studio. The former is where lovestruck Teddy and Dolores ride into the countryside for some good ‘ol flirting, and the latter is the location Old West town, which has also appeared in Gunsmoke and Django Unchained.
Just outside of Moab, Utah, Castle Valley is famous for its rock-spired, plateau-covered
landscapes—which were also featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Whenever you see one of those picturesque overhead shots in Westworld, it’s more than likely Castle Valley.
Similar to Castle Valley, Fisher Valley purely provides panorama. Well, that, and ample space
for the characters to kill just about anything alive. Seen in Fisher Valley are also the iconic
Fisher Towers, massive rock minarets.
Most of Westworld was shot here, in this small Utah town. It’s swooping topography, laced with mesas, buttes and red rocks jutting to the big sky country. Much like what Dubrovnik is to Game of Thrones, that's what Moab is to Westworld.
Tom is a travel writer, part-time hitchhiker, and he’s currently trying to imitate Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? but with more sunscreen and jorts.