Saturday, September 5, 2009

the Films of Ghost Ranch

As you may have realized from reading this blog, I'm just crazy about the scenery here at Ghost Ranch. While I try to post a lot of pictures, I fear they really don't do it justice.

If you REALLY want to take a good look at the ranch, I suggest you watch City Slickers. About 90% of the movie was shot here at Ghost Ranch. When you first come into the ranch from Highway 84, you'll be driving on a dirt road. About a half mile up, you'll see an old wooden cabin in a field off to your right. This is known as City Slicker Cabin, and is the last remaining part of the set of the film. As you watch the movie, virtually all of the cattle drive was shot here, right up to the time they deliver the cows to Colorado. It's a pretty entertaining film and the scenery can't be beat.

Last night, the volunteers got together for a night out. One of our museums has a small theater, so we sometimes get together and "Go To the Movies". Right now, we're in the midst of showing some of the movies that have been shot here at Ghost Ranch.

Have I mentioned that Ghost Ranch is a favorite location for many Hollywood pictures? Well, it is, and it's just a hoot to be watching a film and recognize the exact location where a scene was shot.

Last night we watched Silverado, great western with just a few scenes shot here at the ranch. Every time we recognized a shot, we all clapped and cheered, it was great fun!

If you're at all interested, here's a partial list of other films that contain scenes shot here at Ghost Ranch

Wyatt Earp
(Kevin Costner & Dennis Quaid)
the Missing
(Tommy Lee Jones & Cate Blanchett)
Comanche Moon
(prequel to Lonesome Dove)
(Geena Davis & Michael Keaton)
Indiana Jones
and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

(you KNOW this one!)
3:10 to Yuma
(Russell Crowe & Christian Bale)

Pretty cool, huh? Especially for a couple of movie buffs like Terry and me.

Later this month, Lifetime Television will be airing Georgia O'Keeffe, a film about the famed artist who is so closely associated with Ghost Ranch. Part of the film was shot here, and since it stars Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons, I have a great feeling about this movie. Stay tuned and after I've seen it, I'll be writing more on it here.

1 comment:

photowannabe said...

You just seem to be living a magical life Kate.
Still trying to respond to your FB invite. Haven't been successful.