The Kanab Movie Fort was built in 1952 by Paramount for the move Pony Express. It was used in many movies with additions and modifications made as needed. The final movie shot there was The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) This movie included a large explosion and fire at the fort which unfortunately severely damaged the fort and was never repaired.
The ruins of the fort are located south of Kanab off of 89A towards Fredonia. The Kanab city Cottonwood trail will get you to the old dirt road that leads to the fort location. Total distance is about 7 miles round trip. As you can see from the picture I took in 2015, there is not much left standing, but it is worth the trip when you consider all the movies that were filmed here.
|Kanab Movie Fort|
|Kanab Movie Fort Ruins - 2015|
Movies made at the fort include
Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957) starring Barry Sullivan, Dennis O’Keefe, Mona Freeman, Katy Jurado and Sebastian Cabot
Revolt at Fort Laramine (1957) starring John Dehner, Gregg Palmer , and Frances Helm
A Time for Killing (1957) starring Inger Stevens, Glenn Ford, and Paul Petersen
Trooper Hook (1957) starring Joel McCrea, Barbara Stanwyck, Earl Holliman and John Dehner
Fort Dobbs (1958) starring Clint Walker, Virginia Mayo, and Brian Keith
Sergeants 3 (1962) starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. Peter Lawford, and Joey BIshop
Fort Courageous (1965) starring Fred Beir, Don Barry, and Hanna Hertelendy
Dual at Diablo (1966) starring James Garner, Sidney Poitier, Bibi Andersson and Dennis Weaver
The Plainsman (1966) starring Don Murray, Guy Stockwell, and Abby Dalton
One Little Indian (1973) starring James Garner, Pat Hingle, and Morgan Woodward
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) starring Tim Conway, Don Knotts, and Tim Matheson