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Old Paria Movie Set Grand Staircase-Escalante NM Utah

We are continuing down memory lane with the Old Paria Movie Set near Pahreah Townsite, UT. Around 1999 the original structures/facades had been removed much to my dismay after bringing a friend to see it. According to the BLM:

In September 1998, flash floods undermined the buildings and created a safety hazard. In November of 1999, 87 local residents from Kane County, Utah, and Page, Arizona, pitched in to disassemble the Movie Set and salvage the old boards to reconstruct two of the buildings. Meticulous drawings were made of the original structures, but when work began in November 2000, builders determined that most of the salvaged lumber would not be structurally suitable for construction. Even so, the original wood holds special memories, and therefore will be included in the overall design. Plans are underway to incorporate the old boards in interpretive displays for inside and outside the reconstructed buildings.

Unfortunately I have not been back to the movie site since then, so I am curious to see how the reconstruction compares to what I remember.

I have taken numerous photographs of the Paria/Pahreah area because I really loved the “painted” stripes of the surrounding sandstone and mud. What I was missing were photos of the actual set which, although reminded us of a foregone era, were obviously “Hollywood” and didn’t fit into my landscape photographer aesthetic.

Alas, I have found one image of some of the movie set which was built in the early 1960s for the movie Sergeants Three, a Western featuring Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. It also provided settings for the television series Death Valley Days and Gunsmoke. The last movie filmed there was The Outlaw Josie Wales in 1976.

Old Paria Movie Set
Old Paria Movie Set, Red Rock Saloon (left), Lost Lady Hotel (right) Copyright © Ryan Hertz
Paria River
Paria River Copyright © Ryan Hertz

Pareah Townsite Grand Staircase-Escalante
Pareah Townsite Grand Staircase-Escalante Copyright © Ryan Hertz

Paria Pareah Townsite River Valley Utah
Paria Pareah Townsite River Valley Copyright © Ryan Hertz