This Summer Visit The Gorgeous ‘Yellowstone’ and ‘1883’ Film Locations
If you are looking to visit some beautiful locations this summer, why not try some of the beauty of the west that are seen on both series, Yellowstone and 1883?
With Taylor Sheridan’s release of the Yellowstone prequel, 1883 starring Sam Elliott and real-life couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The spinoff follows the Dutton family’s journey in the late 19th century — 1883, to be exact — as they travel from the Great Plains to Montana — before they became the all-powerful Duttons that fans have come to know over the past few years. As we have observed, there is even more beautiful terrain in the new spinoff 1883 and we are not disappointed.
Of the decision to shoot in locations with breathtaking views and real-life ranches sprawling with cattle, Sheridan told Entertainment Weekly, “I don’t build a world with visual effects,” adding, “I go shoot these corners of the world that people haven’t seen.” Though it’s “incredibly expensive” and “very difficult” to do so, he is adamant, “When you need 50 wagons, you’re going to see 50 [real] wagons.” If you, too, want to unleash your inner rancher, here’s a list of all the places where Yellowstone and 1883 were filmed for your visiting pleasure. Whether you travel on horseback is completely up to you.
Yellowstone And 1883 Filming Locations In Montana
The Dutton family ranch is at the crux of the Yellowstone plot; outside parties clamor for ownership of the expansive property while Costner’s John and his kin fight to protect it. And understandably so. Many a scene has been filmed in the expansive 6,000-square-foot lodge. Carla Curry, Yellowstone’s set decorator, even said in an Inside the Real Yellowstone Ranch special, “This is what makes this show sing, is that this lodge has actually become a character in our show.”
The gorgeous real estate complex is actually a real-life operational, family-owned ranch in Darby, Montana, the Chief Joseph Ranch. According to the establishment’s website, the 2,500-acre ranch was originally an apple orchard in 1914, before previous owners built lodges and barns. Fans of the show or those who just want to experience ranch life can book any of the two cabins for rent for $1,200 to $1,500 a night. Or, for a cheaper option, fans can take photos with the “Dutton Ranch” sign by the entrance.
Yellowstone And 1883 Filming Locations In Texas
Sheridan, a Texas native, also included destinations in his home state in both Yellowstone and its spinoff, including two other ranches. When Jefferson White’s ranch hand character Jimmy Hurdstrom is sent away to, er, learn how to cowboy in Yellowstone Season 4, he goes to the Four Sixes Ranch. That’s actually another operational ranch in real life, spanning 260,000 acres and established in 1870. (It served as the inspiration and will be the main location for another Yellowstone spinoff, 6666, Outsider reported.) Sheridan also highlighted some of his own go-to local joints in the series, including Mary’s Brazos Cafe in Parker County.
Meanwhile, the spinoff 1883 also spent a lot of time filming in Texas this summer. Similar to the Dutton family ranch, the main ranch used for 1883, Bosque Ranch Headquarters in Weatherford, Texas, is another operational horse ranch and is, in fact, owned by the show’s creator. (Sheridan, an avid horse enthusiast, was even inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.) According to the ranch’s website, it boasts weekend events, competitions, and rodeos, and offers dining experiences as well as private spaces for rent.
The historic district of Fort Worth Stockyards, in Fort Worth, Texas, also previously known as “Cowtown,” was another major filming spot for 1883. The tourist spot boasts Old West gunfight reenactments during weekends and daily cattle drives (yes, including photo opportunities with the livestock). It’s an activity hub, so expect dining and shopping options for visitors. Some Fort Worth locations were already featured in Yellowstone, including the Will Rogers Memorial Center, a 120-acre equestrian and event complex, but the spinoff will highlight more of its livestock-focused history.
Yellowstone And 1883 Filming Locations In Utah
Most of the scenes from Seasons 1 to 3 were actually filmed at the Utah Film Studio in Park City, including the Duttons’ master bedroom, the governor’s office, as well as others that required CGI in the studio’s soundstages. Similarly, some of the Montana scenery in the first three seasons was actually the Utah landscapes of Heber City, Oakley, Grantsville, Kamas, and Logan. By the fourth season, however, Yellowstone’s production left the Beehive State and filmed exclusively in Montana and Texas.
Utah Film Studio’s vice president, Marshall Moore, shared the effect of the show’s exit on Utah’s tourism. Speaking to Deseret News, he said, “Even I was getting calls asking, ‘What’s going on with “Yellowstone?” They were hiring this, buying this. Now we don’t have any of that business.’”
Make your plans now to visit some of the most beautiful country in the nation…