Big Sky Ranch

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Big Sky Movie Ranch is a movie ranch located in Simi Valley, California, that has been used for the filming of Western television and film productions. The ranch is within the Los Angeles Studio Zone. The site is part of the 12,500 acres (5,058.57 ha) purchased by the Patterson Ranch Co. in 1903 to raise grain, cattle, hogs and sheep. The Ventura County Cultural Heritage Board designated several of these buildings County Landmark #71 in July 1981.[1] Many of the sets were destroyed by a wildfire in 2003.[2]


Television episodes and productions filmed there include: Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven, Father Murphy, Carnivàle, The Thorn Birds and Westworld.[3][4][5] Other films shot here include Coming to America (1988) starring Eddie Murphy, The Yellow Rose (1983-84), Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996), Sidekicks (1974), The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) and Siringo (1996).[6]


  1. ^ Cultural Heritage Board. "Ventura County Landmark Map" County of Ventura Planning Division Accessed 2 May 2014
  2. ^ Freeman,, Roberta (October 31, 2003). "Stuff of dreams goes up in smoke at movie ranch". Ventura County Star. Archived from the original on 2018-06-19. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  3. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (May 4, 2018). "Why 'Westworld,' 'Veep' and More Series Are Filming Outside of L.A." The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  4. ^ "About Big Sky Movie Ranch". Big Sky Movie Ranch. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  5. ^ Smith, Leo (April 30, 1992)"FLICKS / FILM AND VIDEO FILE: Big Sky Ranch open house is due." Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ Schneider, Jerry L. (2015). Western Filming Locations Book 1. CP Entertainment Books. Pages 100-105. ISBN 9780692561348.

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Coordinates: 34°19′7″N 118°43′9″W / 34.31861°N 118.71917°W / 34.31861; -118.71917