Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Filming Locations

Location #1: Opening scene — The station

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North of La Calahorra, Granada, Spain

Location #2: Brett McBain’s farm


Southwest of Tabernas, Almería, Spain

Location #3: Flagstone (and the train station)

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East of Alcudia de Guadix, La Calahorra, Almería, Spain

Location #4: On the way to McBain’s farm / The arch

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Monument Valley, Utah, United States

Location #5: Frank and Morton (camp)

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Near Kayenta, Arizona, United States

25 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Filming Locations

  1. Diane North

    Possibly Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez, Colorado….(bluff dwellings)…and maybe Pariah Utah…near Kanab

  2. Keith Brown

    The ending credits thank the Navaho nation for the use of their territories in Utah and Arizona. I would expect some of those scenes were filmed there as well.
    Just wish the shootout at the train with Frank and Cheyenne’s men wasn’t cut from the film (where Cheyenne caught a bullet from “Mr. Choo Choo”). With Sergio’s attention to detail, I can’t imagine he just left that scene up to our imagination. Lost scene left on the cutting room floor?

    1. Stu Forman

      I think that Sergio wanted to keep it a secret that Cheyenne was shot by Morgan so that when he showed up for coffee with Jill at the end it left the viewer thinking maybe there was a future for Cheyenne and Jill at Sweet water

    2. Billy boy 68

      There’s a version where they leave the entire shootout and shows Charles Bronson take a bullet to the shoulder

  3. Michael

    Grand Canyon along the Colorado River my father was a Choreographer I visited the site as a child while filming while he claimed to have no direct role he told me as we visited they meaning Paromount were filming a Hit Spaghetti Western.

  4. Patrick Thompson

    that unknown scene looked like a place that I have hiked into called “Keet Steel” in Navajo Nat. Monument. You have to get advanced permission to hike in this private land and the hike is like 18 miles one way. What a well – kept secret, as few people probably know about this.

    1. Mark Farquhar

      I think you are right I was there about three years ago it is Canyon de chilly in North eastern Arizona it is accessed only by a 4 wheel drive road guided tour arranged at the park headquartes. It sure looks like the place.

  5. Amenhotep VII

    It is too small to be Keet Steel and too compact and enclosed to be Canyon de Chelly. I have been trying to find out where it is for the past year but have not had much luck at the moment.

  6. Mr Choo Choo

    I have also tried to find this cliff dwelling without success. The 1950s Western “Ace in the Hole” was filmed at the old trading post off the Old Route 66 Highway near Gallup-McKinley, but it does not appear to be any of the caverns in the hills around there. The steepness and the geology is very reminiscent of Canyon de Chelley. In fact the geology looks more like that of Canyon de Chelley than Mesa Verde in my opinion. That hard, red sandstone with its rough textures and contorted and broken-off features is pretty unmistakable. If it was filmed in that area it must have been a “lesser known” cliff dwelling, as it does not resemble any of the ones found on the usual “tourist beat”. I can only conclude this one may have been sourced on a private property. Failing that, I wonder if the cavern was located somewhere in Spain and the adobe dwellings were a “mock up”? I guess it is equally plausible that a cave site in Arizona could have been “mocked up” to make it look like an ancient adobe cliff dwelling. I must admit though, the site in the film does have the appearance of a real cliff dwelling. But the location still remains a mystery.

  7. PaulH

    To those looking for the camp/cliff dwelling, it’s located at 36.764458, -110.139011 near Kayenta, AZ. Terrain view in Google Earth can be used to verify the reverse angle from that location.

    1. Michael

      Great info – I have been trying to locate this scene for a while and only knew that it was slightly north of Kayenta so I was looking at the Indian ruins further north.
      Is this location easy to access?
      Is it on private Indian land?


      1. PaulH

        Not sure. Although I’m the first person to find this location I haven’t actually been there. Someone will get out there one day and grab some photos for us.

    2. Mr Choo Choo

      Looks fairly remote. I wonder if some intrepid adventurer might read this and be able to go there and take some photos for us. 😉

  8. PaulH

    Not sure. Although I’m the first person to find this location I haven’t actually been there. Someone will get out there one day and grab some photos for us. 🙂

  9. The Stranger

    I don’t think that is it sadly. Most of the buildings might have been mocked-up conceivably, though I doubt it, but the cliff there is the wrong size and shape. The quest goes on.

    1. PaulH

      The location I posted is 100% correct. The photos in the link above are from elsewhere, if that’s what you were looking at for comparison.


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