Kanab, Utah: Ruins of Gunsmoke TV Town

The TV series Gunsmoke built this outdoor set and filmed here until the mid-1970s. Now it looks a lot like a real Wild West ghost town, and its buildings are collapsing and you aren't allowed near it.
Johnson Canyon Rd, Kanab, UT
From Kanab, drive east on US Hwy 89 for nine miles. Turn left (north) onto Johnson Canyon Rd. Drive 5.5 miles. You'll see the ruins on the right (white fence on the left).
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Gunsmoke Filming Site Ruins

We were so disappointed to see that the site where the Gunsmoke series was filmed was nothing but a few structures that were completely falling in. Who owns this land and why was it not preserved? Yes, it takes money to take care of anything, but we would have paid a reasonable fee to participate in a Gunsmoke experience.

[Tony Bishop, 09/30/2017]

Gunsmoke fans usually make a pilgrimage to Dodge City, where they can enjoy tributes at Boot Hill and the Famous Gunfighters Wax Museum.

Gunsmoke ghost town.

Gunsmoke Filming Location

The buildings used in the filming of the TV series Gunsmoke are about five miles along Johnson Canyon Road off of Hwy 89, a few miles east of Kanab. The buildings are pretty dilapidated now (some have collapsed) and are only viewable from the road, but worth stopping for some photos as you enjoy the scenery of the Grand Staircase (where quite a few 1950s westerns were also filmed). A few more storms and they'll be gone forever!

[Phil G, 09/11/2013]

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