Saturday and Sunday outings to San Rafael Ranch, Mescal

October 17, 2016

The Santa Cruz County International Film Festival, in celebrating its fifth season, has announced two guided tours to famous Southern Arizona motion picture and television filming locations this weekend.

Historic San Rafael Ranch Tour

This Saturday, October 22, the tour bus will depart from the Hotel Americana in Nogales and travel through the beautiful San Rafael Valley en route to the famous San Rafael ranch.

The historic ranch provided scenes for famous movies like the John Wayne classic McLintock! and Oklahoma. The tour group will tour the grounds, the ranch house and the barn, after which they will watch the 1980 Steve McQueen movie Tom Horn, which was filmed in part at the ranch.

The tour group will then enjoy an authentic chuck wagon barbeque lunch in front of the ranch house, enjoying their meal in the fresh air of the San Rafael Valley.

Click here to read more about the tour and to purchase tickets. You may also make reservations by calling Linda Rushton at (520) 988-5425.

Tour to the Mescal, Arizona Old West Set

And a tour group will depart from the Hotel Americana at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, October 23, to visit the movie set that features the faux Old West town of Mescal, Arizona.

Mescal, which is located near Benson, is an active movie set and has been the location for more than 50 motion picture and television productions, like the 1970’s series Little House on the Prairie.

The movie set is owned by Old Tucson studios, and is not open to the public as a tourist destination, so this tour will offer a unique opportunity to see and experience a piece of American film history.

The Mescal tour will be led by historians from Old Tucson studios, and on the way to Mescal the group will visit other movie locations in Santa Cruz County.

Click here to read more about the tour and to purchase tickets. You may also make reservations by calling Linda Rushton at (520) 988-5425.

Read more about the 2016 Santa Cruz County International Film Festival

 

The movie "Monte Walsh," was filmed in part at the Mescal movie set