Travelers Venture to Utah and Walk in the Footsteps of Hollywood’s Finest
SALT LAKE CITY, June 26, 2013 – When Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger movie opens in theaters on July 3, viewers will enjoy Utah landscapes in the Moab and Monument Valley area that are as vivid and rich as the characters in the movie. For an insider perspective on the experiences Utah has to offer, watch a behind- the-scenes video with Armie Hammer, one of the stars of “The Lone Ranger,”
Inspired by his adventures? Go beyond cinematic splendor and build your own itinerary. Visit Utah’s red rock country by using the information below, which highlights the region’s legendary destinations and brings you to several of the film’s shooting locations. Additional trip-planning information is available at www.visitutah.com/things-to-do/filmed-in-utah/lone-ranger.
Moab Adventure Itinerary: Follow in the Footsteps of Disney’s The Lone Ranger
Follow in the footsteps of Disney’s The Lone Ranger and experience the timeless, rugged beauty of the American West. This five-day itinerary offers breathtaking vistas, wide-open skies and red-rock landscapes, all perfect for adventure, exploration and discovery.
Day 1: Highway 128, Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway and Arches National Park
Highway 128, one of Utah’s state Scenic Highways, is the gateway to a tremendous variety of activities, from cycling on the road to bouldering at Big Bend and hiking in Negro Bill Canyon to rafting the Colorado River. The road hugs the mighty curves and undulations of the Colorado River as it stretches from Moab to Interstate 70, hemmed by high cliffs for miles and skirting the southern edge of one of Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks, Arches. The canyon walls open near the Castle Creek Winery, entrance to Castle Valley and adjacent Professor Valley, one of the filming locations for The Lone Ranger.
Day 2: Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands National Park
Standing at Dead Horse Point overlook, where land meets sky overlooking the hairpin bend of the Colorado River below, it is immediately clear why the site was chosen for the spirit platform scene in The Lone Ranger. Dead Horse Point State Park (entrance fee $10) is legendary for its jaw-dropping views, but there’s much more to do than packing a picnic and taking a few photos. The Intrepid Trail System is a network of single-track hiking and mountain biking trails with family-friendly loops from one to nine miles in length. Canyonlands National Park (entrance fee $10) is located nearby, laced with trails and options for additional hikes, scenic overlooks and photo opportunities.
Day 3: Colorado River
Drive along Scenic Byway US-279, and along the way stop to watch the climbers or admire ancient petroglyphs, likely carved by Anasazi, Fremont or Ute Indians hundreds of years ago, indicated by interpretive sign along the highway labeled “Indian Writing.” A short hike to Corona Arch up Bootlegger Canyon is located along the way, and the Gold Bar Campground, another filming location for The Lone Ranger, is located across the street from the trailhead.
For a spectacular sunset, park your car and hike or bike up the Moab Rim Trail. The promontory at the top of Moab Rim, with views of the Colorado River, La Sal Mountains and Moab is worth the sweat generated to reach this superb vista.
Day 4 Monument Valley:
Driving into the valley before dawn is a likened to driving through a classic Hollywood Western, and the feeling comes for good reason: hundreds of movies and commercials have been shot here. While traveling, follow in the footsteps of legends like John Wayne and contemporaries like Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Several key scenes from The Lone Ranger were shot here. The best way to experience Monument Valley (entrance fee $5) is to take a half-day or full-day Jeep tour, allowing tour guides to unlock the rich history, archeology and traditions of the Navajo people who continue to live in traditional hogans, herd sheep and weave rugs as done for millennia.
Day 5: Return To Moab
All journeys must come to an end. Retrace your steps back from Monument Valley to Moab.
Utah’s exceptional scenic backdrops are showcased in hundreds of films, enticing travelers to visit the state and experience these localities for themselves. Each city is sure to impress visitors, with a variety world-class lodging, adventurous activities from skiing The Greatest Snow on Earth®, to hiking through Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks, and attractions from superlative shopping centers to remarkable restaurants, craft breweries and distilleries.
Home to five national parks, The Mighty Five™, 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and “The Greatest Snow on Earth®,” Utah represents the best of both the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest. Whether it’s heart-thumping downhill skiing, picturesque fly fishing, life-defying rock climbing, serene bird watching, thrill-seeking white water rafting or just communing with nature, Utah has it all – holding true to the state’s “Life Elevated®” brand.
To contact the Utah Office of Tourism, an agency of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or to view the Utah Travel Guide online, please visit www.visitutah.com or call 800-200-1160 or 801-538-1900.
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About the Movie
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
“The Lone Ranger” also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.
A Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films presentation, “The Lone Ranger” is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, with screen story by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Justin Haythe and screenplay by Justin Haythe and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. “The Lone Ranger” releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013.
SOURCE: Utah Office of Tourism