By Aimee Gertsch
Did you know that Utah has been the backdrop for many films and TV shows? Let’s test your trivia knowledge, and give your travel plans a bit of inspiration.
Grab your hat and your whip and head out to Moab! The first 16 minutes of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade were filmed in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah. Also, according to a bit of backstory trivia (not shown in the film), Utah is the official birthplace of Indiana Jones!
Maybe you crave something a bit more “out of this world”? Recreate some of your favorite Planet of the Apes scenes at Lake Powell and Glen Canyon. Both the original and the remake were filmed at Lake Powell. Just don’t crash your spaceship into the lake like Charlton Heston did, but do let us know if you find any apes.
You could visit Goblin Valley State Park for a bit of Galaxy Quest fun. Or get really angry in Arches National Park, like the Hulk did. If time travel is more your style, head out to Monument Valley for a bit of Back to The Future 3 fun. Just don’t expect to see the drive in movie theater. Turns out that was made just for the movie and demolished right after.
Independence Day was also filmed in various spots in Utah, including one of the most unusual places to visit, the Bonneville Salt Flats. Other locations include Lakepoint, Skull Valley, Tooele, Wendover. You will also recognize the Bonneville Salt Flats from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
“Boldly Go” to the San Rafael Swell! You might just recognize something from Star Trek. Or perhaps you are into “The Best Worst Movie” ever made. Yes friends, I’m talking about Troll 2, all of which was filmed in Morgan, Utah. Maybe you’ll see a goblin or two while you are there.
The sixth season of Doctor Who starts and ends in Utah’s desert. Specifically Moab, Monument Valley, Mexican Hat, and Lake Powell. This is a true first, since the show had never filmed an episode in the United States before in all of it’s 48 years!
Of course the list could go on, and is in no way complete, so feel free to add your favorite movies and television filmed in Utah to the comments section. This is just the beginning.