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“Cool spot for a walk”
Review of Paramount Ranch

Paramount Ranch
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Agoura
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Owner description: This Old West town at Paramount Ranch, which is authentic enough to fool a ghost, was forsaken by Hollywood.
Reviewed December 9, 2013

There is more movie history than could be imagined at Paramount Ranch and it's not just Dr. Quinn. Check the Santa Monica Mountains Webb site regarding special events and walking tours. Those old enough to remember will have been to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire when it was held at Paramount Ranch. Always a great place for a Sunday afternoon walk.

Thank Cavydad
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Paramount Ranch is an old studio set where Dr. Quinn and numerous other shows and films were shot and, while now operated by the National Park Service as part of the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area, it is still used for filming on occasions. While it is interesting to explore and to hike a short trail into the nearby hills, the thing we really enjoyed was the Ranger guided tour which takes one inside a number of the buildings, discusses the history of the set and a number of the movies and shows filmed here, a chance to see some historic photos and insight into some of the “movie magic” that was used in the creation of westerns. Unfortunately, the Ranger guided tours do not seem to be posted on the NPS website and the only way were learned about the tour was by chance when visiting the interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch and asking the volunteer for recommendations. If one is interested in the Ranger guided tour, I would recommend stopping by or calling the visitor center (805-370-2301) to learn the times and dates of the guided tours.

4  Thank Steve1362
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This may not be on everyone’s bucket list but it was certainly on mine! As a huge Dr Quinn fan I simply had to stop here. It was like taking a step back in time. While some of the store fronts have changed over the years (as it was used to film other scenes since Dr Quinn) you still remember where everything was supposed to be and can practically hear the theme music as you walk over the bridge. The little white church was taken down years ago; otherwise most of what you saw on the show is still there.

Thank BeachBabyBongo
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

This was neat. You've seen the buildings a million times. I wish there were more displays showing photos from the movies and tv shows shot there.

My recommendation-- go on a weekday and take a tripod. You'll have fun taking pictures and then playing with them on your computer to make your photo look "old." Also take some jeans and a flannel shirt and you'll have a movie studio publicity shot to show your friends.

Our regret was not having more time. We are from the east coast and while we expected traffic, we were not prepared. The GPS told us it would be about a 20-minute trip from Universal City area... it took 90. The return was slightly shorter.

I wish we had time to hike and explore a little more.

Thank 886SteveS
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Any fan of the Dr. Quinn show HAS to visit here! The area is very beautiful as well. Has been a site for other films too of course, so it's fun to pick out what each building used to be and imagine them filming there. It is smaller than I thought, they must have used lots of angles for the cameras to not get other things in it and make the town look larger. I think children would enjoy it, if not as a film site, then as an old western town.

Sadly, handsome Sully was not here :)

Also the drive up to the ranch goes past people's livestock areas, don't miss the miniture ponies. It is a little tricky to find, make sure you look it up, as my gps couldn't get me right there.

1  Thank LOBSTERStravels
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