Corriganville Park

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Crouching in the Santa Susana Mountains in Simi Valley, Corriganville may not have the pedigree of big-studio movie ranches like Paramount’s or the notoriety of the nearby Spahn Ranch, the Manson Family’s hideout. But founded in 1937 by stuntman-cowboy actor Ray Corrigan, its oak forests and sandstone formations made it a busy film location for decades. John Ford shot scenes for Fort Apache here, and the western sets were part of an amusement park in the ’50s and ’60s. Fires and vandalism took their toll, but you can hike trails through the boulders or play movie archaeologist among the remains of sets and along a concrete basin where scenes for The African Queen were shot. View map.

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