Since 1925, nearly 30 films have been filmed on location in and around Durango, Colorado. Durango’s sunny and warm weather, coupled with fantastic scenery and the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad make the city of Durango the ideal location for movie making. Durango’s debut on the Silver Screen was in 1925 with the film Ticket to Tomahawk, a railroad western that closely paralleled Durango’s own wild west history. The film featured drama of the old west, focusing on a railroad and a stage coach line competing for business.
Drama, comedy, and adventure are the themes of movies filmed in the Durango Area. Two memorable Hollywood productions with filming in Durango include City Slickers with Billy Crystal and National Lampoon’s Vacation with Chevy Chase. Action and drama films from Durango include Sylvester Stallone’s Cliffhanger and Downhill Racer starring Robert Redford. And of course, the most memorable film of all is another Redford film, an Academy Award winning western buddy film that paired Redford with Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The 1969 film is based on the historic exploits of Butch Cassidy and his Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Here’s a complete chronology of films with scenes filmed on location in Durango: