5 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Filmed at State Parks

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered where it was filmed? We did some research and found that parts of your favorite movies were actually filmed in some of America’s beautiful state parks. Take a look:

Romancing the Stone, 1984

  • Snow Canyon State Park, Utah
  • Starring: Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner

Plot: Turner’s character, Joan Wilder, ventures to Columbia to rescue her kidnapped sister. En route, Turner finds herself entangled in a crazy adventure.



Thelma & Louise, 1991

  • Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park
  • Starring: Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon

Plot: Two friends set out on a vacation from Oklahoma to Mexico that turns for the worse when a man tries to take advantage of Thelma. Louise shoots and kills him, sending the two on a manhunt that ends tragically in the Grand Canyon.

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Image: drafthouse.com

Pet Sematary, 1989

  • Acadia National Park, Maine
  • Starring: No one you would know

Plot: A cemetery known for bringing the undead to back life didn’t stop one father from burying his son in the doomed “Indian burial ground.” When he does, bloody chaos ensues.

Image: www.ifc.com

Image: www.ifc.com

Dances With Wolves, 1989

  • Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  • Starring: Kevin Costner and Mary McDonnell

Plot: Starred and directed by Kevin Costner, Lt. Dunbar befriends a Native American tribe, ultimately becoming one of them.

Image: Salon.com

Image: Salon.com

Dennis the Menace, 1993

  • Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor, Illinois
  • Starring: Walter Mattau, Mason Gamble and Joan Plowright and Christopher Lloyd. Can’t go wrong with that!

Plot: Dennis is a really big menace, especially to his neighbor, Walter Matthau.

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Image: allmovie.com


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