Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills

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The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills is a piece of Hollywood history.

My son had planned a surprise for our last day of vacation. He said we take a trip to a small, beautiful park for a walk. We drove along Highway 101 and turned south on Kanan Road. We drive this road often and I thought he wants to Malibu. But no, after 500 meters we went left into Cornell Road and then after about 3 km we stopped in a parking lot to an old western town.

A few feet on foot and we were standing in front of the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, a lesser-known tourist attraction. This little place is tucked away in the mountains and we would never have found it, but probably never looked for it because we knew nothing of its existence. It's not the usual LA attraction, and yet it's part of Hollywood's history and a great place to take photos. The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills is a real step back in time in the old Wild West movies.

There are some Los Angeles-based movie ranches that are still used for outdoor recordings of numerous movies and TV shows, as well as the Paramount Ranch. But this is one of the few that is accessible as a national park to the public.

I was thrilled to discover this place.

You walk along the old gravel roads and can not believe that you are very close to LA. It's fun to walk through the set of old Hollywood movies. The Paramount Ranch in Agora Hills was the scene of films of the 30s and 40s. Beau Henare and Wells Fargo, as well as the series Quinn the Medicin Woman were filmed here. At the station you will find the 180 degree bend of the former Paramount Racetrack. This served as a backdrop for racing films. Elvis also drove a race car here.

A complete list of productions shot here on the ranch can be found in the office near the entrance. Weekends take place from time to time and marriages can be there as well.

Everything was prepared for a wedding during our visit.

It was a lot of fun walking the streets and exploring the buildings all made of wood, there is a salon, supermarket, stables, train station, hotel and church.

There are also two prisons, for bad guys ... .. laugh!

Out of the city park you will find various hiking trails and beautiful views. There are picnic tables for a break and there are public toilets. If you're lucky, then you get a few attractions shown by a knowledgeable ranger.

If you're interested in the history of Los Angeles, the Paramount Ranch is sure to be just as enjoyable as the studio tour of Paramount Studios itself. I highly recommend it!

27 comments

  • Hey wow what a great place. You feel like you are transferred to another time through your pictures. I went to Paramount Studios as a kid and just loved it. If my children are bigger, we want to go there again. Thanks for the super nice pictures. It feels like you were there yourself. LG Alec from http://margreblue.de/

  • Uhhhh that sounds really great and a destination for me! I have a hard time on the wild west and horses 😀 I found super interesting to read 🙂
    Best regards,
    Heidi from http://www.wilderminds.de

  • A very great contribution, great pictures and an interesting place. I'll definitely remember and come on my "Los Angeles To Do" list. 🙂

    best regards
    Jana

  • I would also feel good about that. That would be a dream for my youngest. He always plays cowboy ^^. Great impressions 🙂
    Greetings Nadine

  • Great Post 🙂 I hope I can get to LA then I would definitely remember the place for this 🙂

    LG Danie

  • This is a very cool tip - almost an insider tip. Great! LG 🙂

  • Looks really cool, cowboy right! Hope you had fun. LG Ronja

  • Oh how cool - that looks really great 🙂 Thanks for the tip! 🙂

    Lovely wishes,
    Mia

  • Oh that looks really great! We were somewhere between LA and Las Vegas in a small western town called Calico, but there were a lot more tourists on the way. Nevertheless, one feels in such places actually put back in time - this is really a great experience!

    Many greetings
    Denise of
    http://www.lovefashionandlife.at

    • I also know this ghost town. Right there is Peggy Sues 50's Diner, where we like to eat.
      Greetings Sigrid

  • That sounds like a cool day. Thanks for the great tip 😉
    Have a nice day,
    Best regards,
    Saskia

  • Dear Sigrid,
    When I feel like traveling back in time, this is a wonderful destination. Thanks for the tip!
    All the best
    Annette

    • Time travel fits exactly love Annette! You feel transported back to the wild west.
      Lovely wishes
      Sigrid

  • Ui that looks really cool because that would be something for me 🙂 Sounds like you had a great day, I am very happy for you 🙂 The place is definitely on my watchlist!

    • It will certainly please you there, is something different than the well-known tourist resorts.
      best regards
      Sigrid

  • Woah, how cool is that? And the preparation for the wedding party is also great. What a great location. Thank you for sharing!

    • That's right, so I would like to marry. It is hard to believe that there is such a quiet place where hardly any tourists frolic. It was an insider tip of my daughter-in-law.
      best regards
      Sigrid

  • that looks really great! I think on vacation I would feel really great there! Thank you for this performance 🙂

    Best regards too,
    ❤ Tina from http://www.liebewasist.com

  • Wow that's great, just right for me. It smells like adventure. I remember for the next vacation planning. Thanks, best regards, Claudia

    • It's fun to imprison in jail or to see the locations of Dr. Ing. To see Quinn.
      best regards
      Sigrid

  • Super exciting and absolutely understandable, that this place has inspired you so much. I would also like to have a look.

    Love, Elisa

  • I get really wanderlust when I see your posts about Cali. Unfortunately Willi did not get any vacation for October 🙁 I have never been to such a ranch but I would like to visit one now.
    Have recently seen the series Aquarius where the story of Charles Manson was discussed. He also lived on a movie ranch 🙂

    best regards
    Nadine

    • Wanderlust to California I always have, I miss my family so much. I'll only see her again in spring
      that is still a long time. I can only recommend the ranch, no tourists quiet and really nice to hike.
      best regards
      Sigrid

  • Great report - and very interesting that you can marry there, at least the celebration can hold there. That is probably the mega highlight.
    You seem to have had a lot of fun there.
    Best regards,
    Tama <3

    • Thank you, yes we had a lot of fun. It was interesting to watch the wedding preparations.
      best regards
      Sigrid

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