Where was The Lone Ranger filmed?

Posted by Ra Moon
The mountain states have some of the top national parks in America, and The Lone Ranger was filmed in many of them. They are classic western movie locations that you don't have to miss in your ideal road trip to the heart of the United States. You can find a map with all these great outdoors in Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico at the end of the post.

It's been a long time since Johnny Depp delivered some of his best films. Movies from independent film directors like Dead Man or Arizona Dream, also set in dusty American states. The Lone Ranger is a new blockbuster made from the team of Pirates of the Caribbean, just for the sake of pure entertainment, but it comes packed with magnificent filming locations:

Lone Ranger locations
Dead Horse Point, over Colorado river, is our first stop in Utah.
Image by James Gordon

The Lone Ranger filming locations
Here is where the spirit platform scene was filmed.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Lone Ranger filming locations
What's a western without the steep hills of Monument Valley?
Image by Wolfgang Staudt

Where was Lone Ranger filmed
This is the land of the Navajo Nation, today's in the borders of Utah and Arizona.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

The Lone Ranger locations
View over Totem Pole (still Monument Valley).
Image by J Brew

Where was The Lone Ranger filmed
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Where The Lone Ranger was filmed
There are more than 2,000 arches in Arches National Park. If you look closer at the left there's someone standing, so you can have an idea of the size of this sandstone formation. Image by Tom Coates

Lone Ranger Mountains
Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. The town of Moab is the natural base from where to explore the region.
Image by Taylor Bennett

Making of The Lone Ranger
The point is that every scene has always to include one of this dramatic peaks in the background.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

film locations for The Lone Ranger
Amasa Back is a popular bike trail near Moab, with rounded boulders and natural features like this scary sinkhole.
Image by Yann Ropars

Locations Lone Ranger
Another legendary spot, this time in New Mexico: Shiprock.
Image by Larry Lamsa

Shooting locations The Lone Ranger
Climbing Shiprock has been illegal since the seventies. Navajo people considers it sacred, the territory of the gods, like other mountains in the world (we are thinking in Urulu, Australia, or some peaks in the Himalayas). Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

The Lone Ranger Shooting locations
Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona.
Image by Ken Lund

Lone Ranger set location
This beautiful crepuscular image was taken in 1904.
Image by Edward S. Curtis

Filming locations Lone Ranger
It seems that not much has changed...
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Filming locations for Lone Ranger
The White House Ruins, down into the Canyon de Chelly, can be visited for amazing views.
Image by Claire à Taiwan

Lone Ranger scenes
The Anasazi tribes began to vacate the canyons about 1300 A.D, leaving behind more than 2,000 archeological sites.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Lone Ranger Landscapes
Plaza Blanca or the White Place in Abiquiú, New Mexico.
Image by Margo Maier-Moul

Lone Ranger New Mexico
This peaceful area has bizarrely shaped white cliffs that you can explore for free.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Lone Ranger Mines
Up the canyon north of the town of Creede, Colorado, are some old spectacular mine ruins.
Image by Larry Myhre

Lone Ranger Colorado
It's amazing to see how these historic wooden structures are still standing.
Image by Davedude

Lone Ranger desert
Great Sand Dunes National Park in Alamosa, Colorado. A place to make you feel into another world.
Image by Cobalt123

Lone Ranger Movie Locations
We've been travelling across four states, but if you check the map below, you can see that all these places are quite close each other, and can be visited whilst following a route. Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Goosenecks Horseshoe
As a bonus, another classic wallpaper: The Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River. Some more great national parks in the area not included in the film are Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Goblin Valley, the Petrified Forest or the Grand Canyon. Image by James Gordon

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