Who doesn’t like a good old western? They are always filled with plenty of action, the good guys always win and the wrong has been righted!
Utah has had over 900 films, television series, and TV made movies filmed here. Within the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area is the best known landscape that was featured in the films by Director, John Ford and the famous “Duke” John Wayne.
Butch Cassidy, or Robert Leroy Parker was raised in Circleville, Utah. His family cabin was once open to the public, but due to considerable damage to the cabin by past visitors taking a memento from the cabin, it was damaged. The cabin is now closed to the public.
Matt Warner, or Willard Erastus Christiansen was born in Ephraim, UT in the Little Denmark Area. He was an outlaw and Butch rode with Matt’s gang the Wild Bunch. Butch and Matt rode to Telluride, Colorado as an introduction to bank robbery.
The unique landscape features a geological wonderland that has been the backdrop for feature films including; “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid,” and “Jeremiah Johnson.” While traveling through the picturesque scenery, you might recognize a scene or two. Included in the heritage area is the birthplace of Utah outlaws, Butch Cassidy and Matt Warner. Matt was a lifelong friend and a gang member alongside of Butch. Many movies were filmed in the scenic Under the Rim District of the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.