An update for Old Tucson

Old Tucson makes its return to year-round operations!

Updated June 2023:

After great successes with Nightfall, Yuletide, and A Western Experience, Old Tucson kicks off a summer concert series for June, July and August. 

What is Old Tucson?

Old Tucson is a well-known film set and Western-themed family theme park located just west of the Tucson Mountains, and just south of Saguaro National Park West and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It was constructed in 1939 as a film set, and was opened to the public as a theme park in 1960. Over the years, it was used as a location for hundreds of western movies and TV shows, and grew to be one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Arizona. 

still from the move Tombstone filmed at Old Tucson

Scenes from the 1993 film Tombstone were filmed at Old Tucson, in addition to over 400 other productions. This still, from left to right, features Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, and Kurt Russell.

About the New Operator

In April of 2022, American Heritage Railways created the subsidiary Old Tucson Entertainment, and entered into an agreement with Pima County to operate the property. American Heritage Railways is based in Colorado, and operates the well-known Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado, as well as the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in North Carolina. They also own and operate a scenic bus tour line, and a historic frontier hotel. American Heritage Railways also has significant experience hosting live, themed events, based on popular movies, as well as holidays and other special events; at their own railroads, as well as over 50 other scenic and excursion railroads. They have expressed a deep interest in preserving the heritage, character, and importance of Old Tucson; and are working closely with Pima County to do so.

people in period clothing walk down the street of Old Tucson alongside a horse-drawn carriage


actors on set at Old Tucson studio

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