Star Wars trek: Death Valley - April 2001

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The Star Wars Road Trip article in Star Wars Insider back in 1999 got a lot of people interested in Star Wars filming locations. For those of us in California it also made a trip to one of these locations much more feasible. You didn't have to travel thousands of miles to Tunisia or Norway. There are great places right here in our backyard and the best one has to be Death Valley. There are quite a few locations to see there and most are very easy to find. You can even do the trip in a day if you get there early, but its best to stay a night at a hotel or camp out.

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There are already lots of great articles and webpages detailing trips to Death Valley.

The original Star Wars Insider article written by Scott Chernoff and David West Reynolds that started it all.

Tatooine or Bust I and II by Kolby "Kahunna" Kirk

SWFO's Western U.S. Quest by Carl Cunningham

SWFans in Death Valley by Brandon Alinger

Google Earth - Death Valley locations are included

Golden Canyon details - Star Wars In Death Valley – The Jawas Hunt R2 - by Mitch Darby

R2's Sand dunes

Just past Stovepipe Wells is where you'll find the sand dunes. You need to walk in a little until the shot lines up right. The key is lining up the small peaks in the mountains to the right of R2.
Sandcrawler Station

This location is easy to miss since the mountains you are trying to line up are behind you. Stop a little before the turn off for Artist's Palette and walk around a little on the left side of the rode. You should be able to line up the 3 mountains in the background of the frame.
R2's Arroyo

Artist's Palette is very easy to find. Just follow the one-way loop on Artist's Drive and the location is very clearly marked. Then park and walk up to the sign and look left. If you walk into the entrance of the canyon a little you can also find some other angles that were filmed.
Bantha Canyon

After the end of Artist's Drive make a right, back towards Furnace Creek. Not too far on the right is a small turn off for Desolation Canyon. The film crew didn't go to far into the canyon since they had all of their gear and an elephant dressed up like a Bantha. There are lots of different angles filmed here so bring lots of screenshots and take your time lining them up. The trick is to look for unique looking rocks, erosion patterns, and mountain peaks.
Mos Eisley Overlook

Dantes View is a major attraction in Death Valley and easy to find. It is a little farther out of the way then the rest of the locations but just follow the signs and you'll be there before you know it,
Jabba's Palace Road

On the way to or the way back from Dantes View drive down the dirt road for Twenty Mule Team Canyon. About a quarter of the way through, the mountain in the background will start lining up. You can even see the opening to a Borax mine shaft in one of screenshots which helps line things up.
Landspeeder locations

These scenes are hard to find exactly because the background is blurry and out of focus. Plus I've can't remember ever seeing any behind the scenes photos from the Landspeeder pickup shots. They're somewhere along either West Side Highway or Salt Pool Road though.
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Thank you very much for posting those pictures. It's worth while doing. I found and downloaded even more from shared files search filecraft if I am not mistaken.))) Well, when I was a kid in the 70s there was a movie that seemed to be shown at least once every summer, Saturday afternoons, and all I remember is some folks in an RV and they came out in the morning to find all the rocks had moved during the night. They implied it was aliens. Freaked me out! I'm sure it would be totally lame now. But I didn't realize this was an actual phenomenon until just a few years ago. Does that movie sound familiar to anyone? I'd love to see it again.

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Great article on Death Valley where Star Wars was shot and it is definitely an inspiration for us who are living in California to make a trip there and see for ourselves how things look like!! I am sure that it won’t be such a big deal with such accurate guidance given here – in fact, a few friends and I are already planning the trip and as suggested spending the night there!! Excellent photography and even better write-up!!

Edited on Wednesday, March 02 2011 @ 05:02 AM PST by Admin
If you make it out to Death Valley, be sure to come back to the site and let us know how it went. If you create an account on the site, you can post some pics also. Thanks.