The Magnificent Arizona Desert
Being a Sedona artist, painting contemporary art, I wanted to keep the flavor of the Red Rocks of the Sedona landscape, while venturing out beyond Sedona itself into the Sonoran desert. Here in the southwest and Sedona, in particular, the scenery does more than fill space. Potent in its influence upon all who visit here, the landscape is a character in and of itself showing off the beautiful Arizona desert, with its many forms of cactus and canyons.
The Call of the Canyon
Discover Zane Grey
Zane wrote 64 novels, ten non-fiction books, and numerous articles on hunting, fishing, and baseball. Over 130 movies were based on his Western stories, and “Riders of the Purple Sage,” considered to be his most exceptional novel, continues to sell between 500,000 and one million copies yearly.
Hollywood Comes Back to Sedona
There was a 7-year break before the movie industry came back to Sedona. However, in 1930, they did come back, and for many years following that, movies were being shot in Sedona with some regularity. John Wayne, James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Richard Widmark, Sterling Hayden, Joan Crawford, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, and Elvis Presley all filmed movies in Sedona
Movies, TV, and Commercials
It is hard to pin down exactly how many movies, television shows, and commercials were filmed in Sedona, as different sources vary. However, it appears that about 100 movies have been shot in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.
Sedona’s Landscape as a Backdrop
Some of these movies were filmed entirely in Sedona, some in Sedona and surrounding areas, and some only filmed a few critical scenes in Sedona. Around 30 television shows have used Sedona as a backdrop, some for an episode, and some for the entire run of the show. Numerous commercials have also filmed in Sedona. As the making of western movies declined, so has the number of movies made in Sedona. However, some movies are still shot in the area, just not as often as in the past.
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