Filming in Cedar City / Iron County

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If you are looking to film in Cedar City or Iron County here you will find contact information, location ideas, and more. Thank you for choosing Cedar City / Iron County for your upcoming project.


Welcome to Cedar City/Iron County, the birthplace of Hollywood filmmaking in Utah. In the early 1920s, as a rail spur was completed into Cedar City, Chauncey, and Gronway Parry were busy convincing film producers to film movies outside of Hollywood by utilizing Cedar City’s transportation hub and the scenic wonders of southern Utah as a backdrop. In 1924, actor/producer Tom Mix was the first to film in Utah when he successfully filmed his western Deadwood Coach near Cedar City; placing Cedar City and southern Utah on Hollywood’s viewfinder by proving films could successfully be shot outside of the studio backlot. Deadwood Coach ushered in a new era of movie-making and elevated Utah to international stardom as the state became the setting for thousands of feature motion pictures, television programs, documentaries, and commercials.


Today, Cedar City is a convenient location for filming as its centrally located to southern Utah’s scenic wonders with easy access by Interstate 15 and regional air service through Delta Connect. We are also a full-service community with many urban amenities while still holding true to its picturesque small-town charm. Cedar City is home to the international Red Rock Film Festival established in 2006 as well as Southern Utah University which features a newly constructed film studio including a sound stage and a theater actor training program in case you need to cast extras. Cedar City/Iron County is located just two and a half hours from Las Vegas and three and half hours from Salt Lake City.


Past filming in the Cedar City area includes My Friend Flicka, Proud Rebel, Union Pacific and How the West Was Won TV series, and more recently Paranormal Kids, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Hotel Impossible, Where We Began (movie) and American Pickers.


Cedar City / Iron County Film Commission
Maria Twitchell, Visit Cedar City · Brian Head, the Iron County Tourism Bureau
(435) 586-5124


Tell us about your project so we can better support you. Our Office can provide location and scouting support and connect you with accommodations, catering companies and other resources. We kindly request at least 30 days’ notice. Please send inquiries to Maria Twitchell at

Our office can assist as boots on the ground with location and scouting support.


Start here with some sample locations:

Cedar City / Iron County Film Commission
Maria Twitchell, Visit Cedar City · Brian Head, the Iron County Tourism Bureau
(435) 586-5124


Brian Head Town
Bret Howser, Town Manager
(435) 677-2029


Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Brooklyn Cox, Permit Specialist
(435) 865-3047


Cedar Breaks National Monument
Film permits must go through Zion National Park Permit Office
(435) 772-0210


Cedar City Corporation
Danny Stewart, Cedar City Iron County Economic Development
(435) 865-5108


Dixie National Forest
Del Orme, Recreation Specialist
(435) 865-3700


Frontier Homestead / Old Iron Town State Park
Giani Julander, Park General Manager
(435) 586-9290


Kanarraville Town
Heidi Loveland, Town Clerk
(435) 867-1852


Kanarra Falls Permit
Holly Hadley, Trail Manager
(435) 590-7490


Southern Utah University
Nikki Koontz, Assistant Vice President, Marketing Communication
(435) 865-8612
Film permits must be submitted 30 days in advance:


Parowan City
Dan Jessen, Parowan City Manager
(435) 477-3331


Utah Film Commission/Film Ready Utah
(801) 538-8740
Utah Film Incentives:

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