Paramount Ranch is located in the Santa Monica Mountains, between Malibu and Agoura Hills. From the Ventura Freeway (US101) in Agoura take the Kanan Road off ramp and go South. Follow Kanan, bearing left onto Cornell Road. Continue to a large marked gate on your right. Getting there is easy.
2903 Cornell Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301-2084
Hours: The Ranch is open everyday from 8am to sunset seven days a week. They also have business offices open from 8:00am to 5:00pm weekdays. The western town is just a short walk from the parking lot. Because it is a movie set, visitors are asked not to climb or lean on the buildings.
My husband and I probably spent a total of 30 minutes here, just walking around and checking out the old Western Town. Plan on spending two hours or longer if you plan on hiking (I did notice a few trails here). Dogs must be on a leash at all times. There are restrooms, drinking water and a ranger station at the park.
This ranch was once owned by Paramount Studios who used this ranch and its former sets for making movies from the 1920s to the 1940s. There were well over a hundred movies shot here, most of them were westerns. It is now owned by the National Park Service.
The western town is all that remains today of the movie-making days. I went on a Sunday and only saw about 5 people. The place looked like a ghost-town. But I took lots of pictures so you can pretty much get the jist of it. I wouldn't go out of my way to make a special trip to Paramount Ranch, but if you happen to be in the area, check it out. It's free!
The grounds here are absolutely beautiful! A picnic on a nice day in the spring when the hills are green would be fantastic. All of these pictures were taken in July.
The list of movie stars that made movies here is huge Some of them include, Diane Keaton, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Roy Rogers, John Wayne and Burt Lancaster.
Many television shows were also filmed here including these classic westerns, Gunsmoke, The Rifleman and Have Gun Will Travel. Oh and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman!
Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest is held annually early in May. Since 1961, its been a favorite Bluegrass, Old-Time and Folk Music Festival featuring live performances, Cowboy storytelling, arts and crafts, food, and dancing workshops. This is a one day festival that costs $9.00 (children under 12 are free). 818-382-4819 Visit the website to find out the date for this year.
Click on each Hotel to find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about these. I have not personally stayed at any of these hotels so please read the reviews before booking your trip.Hampton Inn Suites Agoura Hills
While driving out of the park we noticed something on the road. A coyote! He sure wasn't scared of us, he just stood there! So we got pretty close and took this picture.
Note: This information was accurate when I published it, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all details directly by calling 818-597-9192 before planning your trip.
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