12 Movies Shot in Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation

Films shot in Monument Valley: The Searchers, Easy Rider, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Vacation, Back to the Future III, Forrest Gump, and The Lone Ranger

Set and produced in Albuquerque, the phenomenally popular AMC series Breaking Bad, which aired its final episode in September of 2013, has filmed on Indian territory numerous times. The most recent notable episode to feature Native land was "To'hajiilee," which was shot in an area of the same name that is a non-contiguous part of the Navajo Nation.

Big and memorable cinematic productions have frequently graced the Navajo Nation -- particularly Monument Valley, which, thanks to director John Ford, became the familiar backdrop for the American western genre. Yet Monument Valley isn't only for dusty cowboy movies -- it's also appeared in science-fiction flicks, contemporary action movies, and even comedies. Here are 12 movies that filmed memorable scenes in the iconic Navajo landscape.


Stagecoach (1939)

My Darling Clementine (1946)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

The Searchers (1956)

How the West Was Won (1962)

Easy Rider (1968)


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The Eiger Sanction (1975)

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

Forrest Gump (1994)

The Lone Ranger (2013)

This story was originally published September 29, 2013.