Where Was City Slickers Filmed

If you’re like us, you’ve been watching more TV shows and movies since the pandemic started than perhaps any other period in your life. If you find yourself wondering what to watch next, how about checking out some flicks filmed in New Mexico?

Released in 1991, City Slickers was filmed in several New Mexico locations. The storyline follows three friends (Billy Crystal, Bruno Kirby, and Daniel Stern) who leave New York City to herd cattle across the Southwest for their male-bonding, midlife crisis-inspired vacation.

If you’re looking for a light comedy with witty dialogue, City Slickers fits the bill. And you won’t want to miss the wonderful performance from Jack Palance as the cowboy supervising the cattle drive that won him an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

The film’s screenplay was written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and it was shot in New York City; New Mexico; Durango, Colorado; and Spain. A sequel City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold was released in 1994, with the same cast, with the exception of Kirby, who was replaced by Jon Lovitz.

1991’s City Slickers filming location revealed!

In the film, Mitch Robbins, Phil Berquist and Ed Furillo are shown to take a two-week-long cattle drive across the Southwest, from New Mexico to Colorado. Unlike a lot of other films over the years, City Slickers is filmed at all the actual locations mentioned in the film. The shooting of the Ron Underwood film took place at various scenic locations across New York City, New Mexico, Durango, Spain, and Colorado. While lead character Mitch is shown to hail from Pamplona, Spain, Phil is based in New York City in the film.

The Filming Locations of City Slickers

The movie was mainly shot in New York City, New Mexico, Durango, Colorado, and Spain. Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel wrote the screenplay for the film. Unlike a lot of movies, City Slickers used real locations to shoot the film.

One of the most famous places in the movie was Fisher Towers, Utah. The cattle drive scenes in City Slickers were filmed in the stunning display of red rock spires. Fisher Towers is between Moab and Monticello, Utah, in the Bureau of Land Management’s Canyon Rims Recreation Area.

Where Was City Slickers Filmed

The film’s protagonist, Mitch, is from Pamplona, Spain, whereas Phil is from New York City. The ranch in the movie as a filming site is in Colorado’s La Plata County. The beautiful ranch is in the midst of the southern Rockies, just a few kilometers west of the cowboy town of Durango.

What Is The Plot Of City Slickers?

The story revolves around three friends. One of the three friends, Mitch, is a 40-year-old. He has a wife and two children who live in Manhattan. Mitch feels he is trapped in a mundane existence. He is dissatisfied with his job and ends up giving an embarrassing, boring speech at his son’s school during career week. This leads to Mitch’s wife asking him to go find his happiness.

He goes on a two-week vacation to work on a ranch with his friends Ed and Phil. After learning the basics of riding and roping, they go out into the woods on a cattle drive led by a cowboy, Curly. He goes on to teach the three friends how to become real cowboys. Curly has a rumor floating that mentions him murdering a guy and seems to despise Mitch right away. The whole movie is a rollercoaster of emotions. Mitch, Ed, and Phil face various problems during the journey, some predictable while others unexcepted and even harmful.

Where Was City Slickers Filmed

The concept of a journey of self-discovery is not something out of the ordinary in cinema, but the writers made it in a humorous, innovative, and heartwarming way. This addition to the collection of humorous movies is praise-worthy.


Was City Slickers filmed at Ghost Ranch?

The 21,000-acre Ghost Ranch, also known as El Rancho de los Brujos, is located in Abiquiu, New Mexico. It was once the home of noted artist, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986).

Is the cow scene in City Slickers real?

Abiquiú, New Mexico: A rustic log cabin at Ghost Ranch originally built for the 1991 film “City Slickers”. The retreat and education center at Ghost Ranch are currently run by the Presbyterian Church. In the distance is Cerro Pedernal, made famous by artist and former resident Georgia O’Keeffe.

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