100 Years of Utah Film and Television

2024 Marks 100 Years of Utah Film and Television

From Thelma & Louise to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Utah’s iconic landscapes have been featuring in popular TV shows and movies for 100 years.

Once known as “Little Hollywood,” Utah’s unforgettable terrain has made the state a popular backdrop for filmmakers since the production of two 1924 silent films, The Deadwood Coach and The Covered Wagon. Over the years, Utah has slipped into countless roles, sometimes as different states or even different planets.

The Utah film commission will celebrate the 100-year milestone and all the people, locations and productions that have made Utah. America’s film set® with a year of exhibits, events and film screenings across the state. To learn more on how to join in the celebrations see:

Here's where to go to put yourself right on the set of just some of your favourite Utah movies:


Utah locations: Zion National Park, St. George, Grafton and Snow Canyon

Paul Newman and Robert Redford played the iconic roles, but the real Butch Cassidy was born and bred in Utah and the film stays true to his roots, shooting plenty of action in locations from the pretty town of St. George and nearby Snow Canyon State Park to the sprawling majesty of Zion National Park.


Utah locations: Canyonlands National Park, Cisco, Dead Horse Point State Park, La Sal Mountains, Thompson Springs, Mexican Hat, West Valley City and Moab

The story of two unlikely outlaws (Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon) and their climactic road trip was filmed predominantly in Utah, including the unforgettable climax at Dead Horse Point State Park where they take their final, fatal plunge.

3. FORREST GUMP (1994)

Utah locations: Monument Valley and Mexican Hat

“Run Forrest, run!” And run he did, all the way to Highway 163 in Utah’s Monument Valley. The dramatic red rock backdrop is impossible to miss and make sure you stop to take a selfie at ‘Forrest Gump Point’ near mile marker 13.


Utah locations: Lakepoint, Provo, Orem, Park City, Sandy and Salt Lake City

Plenty of choice here! Playing the ridiculous Lloyd Christmas, Jim Carrey drives a limo to Salt Lake City Airport, dreams of returning a beautiful woman’s briefcase at upscale (and real) French restaurant La Caille, narrowly escapes death at the Provo Marriott and accidentally shoots an owl in Park City – the ski resort town where the Sundance Film Festival is hosted annually.

5. FOOTLOOSE (1984)

Utah Location: Payson, Utah

Northern Utah stars alongside Kevin Bacon in this iconic film that will make you want to put your dancing shoes on! Filmed entirely in Utah, the alpine scenery of the north of the state is a great backdrop to this story about a teenager determined to bring dancing back to a small American town.

For more information on Utah and to plot a cinematic drive through the state see:

Posted on: 11/04/2024

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