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8 movies filmed in Moab

By Natalie Crofts | Posted - May 1, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.



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MOAB — Moviegoers this summer may recognize some of Moab's unique geographic features on the big screen.

The scenery of the area has long drawn movie producers, including those working on the upcoming film "Transformers: Age of Extinction," which will be released in June. Another movie featuring Moab's landscape, "Need for Speed," came out in March.

"With its amazingly diverse terrain, producers found that Moab could take on the face of most any place on Earth and beyond," the Moab Utah Travel Council wrote.

Moab's movie history dates back to 1949 when "Wagon Master," starring John Wayne, was filmed in Professor Valley, Spanish Valley and along the Colorado River. Since then, producers of other movies have followed suit and opted to film in the area, including those working on popular movies like "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "Mission Impossible II."

Need for Speed
Need for Speed

Movies filmed in Moab have even spawned activities in the places where they were filmed, like the Thelma & Louise half marathon, a women's only race that runs along the Colorado River.

We've compiled a list of the most recent movies that have been filmed in Moab below. A complete list of movies and information about where they were filmed can be found in the Moab Movie Auto Tour brochure.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Locations: La Sal Junction, Hole in the Rock

Production company: Paramount Pictures

Director: Michael Bay

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor

Need for Speed (2014)

Location: Dead Horse Point

Production company: DreamWorks SKG

Director: Scott Waugh

Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots

The Lone Ranger (2013)

Locations: Fossil Point and surrounding area, Highway 279, Goldbar Campground, Professor Valley

Production company: Walt Disney Pictures

Director: Gore Verbinski

Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner

After Earth (2013)

Locations: Fossil Point and surrounding area

Production company: Columbia Pictures

Director: M. Knight Shyamalan

Starring: Jaden Smith, Will Smith, David Denman

Guns, Girls and Gambling (2012)

Locations: Seven Mile Canyon and surrounding area

Production company: Incognito Pictures

Director: Michael Winnick

Starring: Christian Slater, Powers Booth, Dane Cook

John Carter (2012)

Locations: Lake Powell, Hanksville, Fossil Point and surrounding area, Dead Horse Point and surrounding area, Highway 279, Fisher Towers

Production company: Walt Disney Pictures

Director: Andrew Stanton

Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe

127 Hours (2010)

Locations: Blue John Canyon, Horseshoe Canyon, Sand Flats Recreation Area, Green River, Moab Regional Hospital

Production company: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Director: Danny Boyle

Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara

Star Trek (2009)

Location: San Rafael Swell

Production company: Paramount Pictures

Director: J.J. Abrams

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg

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