Despite the name, this is not the historical location of the old city of Tucson—it’s a Western town originally built as the set for the 1939 movie Arizona. In the years since, Old Tucson has been used in the filming of John Wayne’s Rio Lobo, Rio Bravo, and El Dorado; Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales; Kirk Douglas’s Gunfight at the O.K. Corral; Paul Newman’s The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean; and, more recently, Tombstone and Geronimo.
Today, in addition to serving as a site for film, TV, and advertising productions (call ahead to find out if any filming is scheduled), Old Tucson has become a Wild West theme park with family-oriented activities and entertainment. Throughout the day, there are staged shootouts in the streets, stunt demonstrations, a cancan musical revue, and other performances. Train and kiddie rides, restaurants, and gift shops round out the experience.
To get here, take Speedway Blvd. west, continuing in the same direction when it becomes Gates Pass Blvd., and turn left on S. Kinney Rd.