“100 years of Cowboy History”
The lodge and museum are part of Red Cliffs Ranch. The ranch was settled in the late 1800’s and has been a working ranch ever since, raising cattle and horses to this day. While cattle raising has been a major part of the ranch history, filmmaking has also been extremely important. Many films have been shot right here at Red Cliffs Ranch (formerly White’s Ranch). Displays and photos tell of the colorful cowboy life – past and present.
The museum at Red Cliffs Lodge displays a combination of early cowboy ranching and local movie memorabilia.
In the late 40s the legendary John Ford discovered the rugged beauty of Moab’s Canyonlands and filmed the 1st of many movies here. The first major motion pictures filmed in the Moab area were set on the Red Cliffs Ranch. Wagon Master, Rio Grande, Son of Chochise, Warlock, Commancheros, Cheyenne Autumn, and many more used the ranch and it’s magnificent scenery for filming. John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ben Johnson, Rock Hudson, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Lee Marvin, Richard Widmark, James Stewart, and Richard Boone have all worked on location here at the Red Cliffs Ranch.
More recently Geronimo, City Slickers, Thelma and Louise, along with other movies and over 100 commercials have all used the Moab area as a location.
The museum houses memorabilia from the early films to the present and is ever changing. Movie and western ranching themes are present throughout the resort. The museum is self-guided and open to the public daily at no charge.