Before Tucson offered high-rise hotels and gated communities, movie stars filming here found open skies, a budding film set—and a quiet retreat named Lodge on the Desert. Starting in the 1930s, old westerns like Gunfight at the Ok Corral, the Lone Ranger and Bonanza came to life just a short drive away. When Hollywood’s A-list stars needed a quiet place to rest and recharge, the lodge was a destination of choice.
Hollywood greats like John Wayne and Bing Crosby were guests, who sought out this secluded oasis between times spent on set. Since then, hundreds of movies have been filmed on Tucson’s old-west stages and countless film-industry professionals have stayed with us, following in the footsteps of our earliest patrons.
Evidence of Lodge on the Desert’s storied past have been preserved in its original decor, tastefully preserved amidst modern upgrades.