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“Had a Great Time--Very Interesting!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bonanza Creek Ranch

Bonanza Creek Ranch
15 Bonanza Creek Ln, 216 la Promesa Bernalillo, Nm, Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Ranked #34 of 101 Activities in Santa Fe
Type: Ranchs, Ranch & Farm
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“Had a Great Time--Very Interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Had read the couple of reviews here on Tripadvisor and on our way from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and exited at Exit 271 & found the ranch.

We truly lucked out that the owner, Imogene Hughes, was driving out of the ranch & talked to her--what a lovely lady! We set up a tour for a few days from then and drove back to the same entrance gate again.

While waiting, another couple drove up & were also going to join us on the tour. What a fantastic, interesting area! Our guide was Jack and he had been in several movies as an extra. He knew so many actors/actresses!

Had fun taking pictures of so many recognizable scenes and they came out really nice.

If you are in the area & have time, it was a travel experience you'd love if you enjoy movies. Seeing and hearing about the sets, how production runs, etc. was amazing!

Visited October 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Wonderful old movie set (The man who shot Liberty Wallance! )”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Great place for movie buffs. We got married here!.

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“Look Famaliar? It should”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch has been the "set" for movies since the first "movie town" was built for "Silverado" and rebuilt for the TV series "Lucky Luke." There is a "movie town" that you might recognize from "Silverado" in 1983 or "Cowboys and Aliens" or dozens of movies in between.
Each production essentially redesigns the town to meet the period of the story and the necessities of the plot.
Our guide, retired Navy photographer, respected amateur historian, and local rancher Matthew H. was able to show us how they will reimage buildings form one period to the next. One example: 1868 jail cell bars were radically different from 1887 jail cell bars.
After several hours at the movie town, we drove to the "Spanish Fort" (the only set with facades), then on to the "home set" with a variety of buildings from different movies set in different periods, from the gorgeous house from "All the Pretty Horses" to the barn from "Astronaut Farmer" with a stop along the way at the cabin from "Cowboys and Aliens."
If you're a Western movie fan, this is a fascinating look into who movies get made on location and a nostalgic visit to some very familiar scenes.
In addition to movie making and tours, they provide a social event venue (western theme corporate parties or weddings) and sets for photo shoots.

Visited October 2011
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