Long before the stars called our party bus- and limo services to transport them to the movie sets of Hollywood, they drove there own cars from LA to a forgotten gem in the east side of Simi. Corriganville Park, which is now operated by Rancho Simi Park District, boasts over four miles of equestrian, hiking, and biking trails. The picturesque landscape provides California Oaks, sandstone cliffs, picnic areas, a stream and more. The park was originally named for Ray Corrigan, an famous western actor and stuntman that owned the park until 1965. Over 3,500 commercials, television shows, and movies were shot in the east Simi location. In 1949 they opened the park as the "Corrigan Movie Ranch", which included a stagecoach ride, train ride, as part of the western-style amusement park. In 1949 it was named the “World’s Most Famous Movie Ranch” and in 1953 Corriganville was rated one of the most visited tourist destinations in California. By the late 1950's it rivaled Knott's Berry Farm and even Disneyland in terms of attendance. Although maybe not as visited as previously, we still often have Simi Valley limousine and LAX clients booking rides to the park. Besides local limousine rentals in Simi, we also offer premier Malibu- and Santa Barbara wine tours, wedding services, party bus rentals and more.


Corriganville has had many names, based on various movie filming activity that’s taken place here. Some previous names were Robin Hood Forest, Lone Ranger Park and Hopetown. Many place names in the park is Robin Hood-related and first appeared after the filming of The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1945). In 1965 it was purchased by the legendary Bob Hope and was named "Hopetown", yet filming stopped just a year later. In the 1970's a massive fire hit the area and the movie sets burned down. All that is left today are exterior rock walls and cement pads where the sets once were.  It's a part of Simi history that many Ventura party bus and Simi Valley limo clientele just don't know about. We are proud of our area history, and ask that you visit the trail in Corriganville. There are markers that provide information along the trail and show historical pictures of the movie sets. The nearby Santa Susana Railroad Depot & Museum also offers many historical pictures of how Corriganville once looked like. We have had tourists using LAX sedan- and Ventura party bus services going straight to the park for reliving their favorite movie scenes. We recently had international tourists taking an LAX sedan from LA to Simi in order to see the pond where Tarzan wrestled alligators in Corriganville. Let our limo services and wine tours service represent the best movies filmed in Corriganville!

Filming


Filming of Beyond the Purple Hills (1950) by Robin Hood Lake
Thousands of movies and TV-series have been filmed here through the years. Many famous TV-series and TV-shows have been made in Corriganville. Some include Adventures of Superman (1952-1958), Star Trek (1966-1969), Lassie (1954-1974), The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954–1959), The Lone Ranger (1949-1957), Gunsmoke (1955-1975), Wagon Train (1957-1965), Tales of the Texas Rangers (1955–1959), Bonanza (1959-1973) and many, many more. Some popular movies filmed here include Billy the Kid vs Dracula (1966), The Three Musketeers (1948), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Billy the Kid Trapped (1942), How The West Was Won (1963) and They Rode West (1954). From Star Trek to Superman and Dracula, no wonder so many tourists visit the park by LAX sedan- and Ventura party bus transfers to check out where their favorite movie scenes took place.


Adventures of Superman (1952-58) was filmed here
An early ranch house, bunk house and barn here can be seen in the movie Law of the Saddle (1943). A western road here was used for filming Bullets and Saddles (1943). Enemy of the Law (1945) features the road, ranch and barn. Between Table Mountain and Silvertown was where Vendetta Village (Corsican Village) was constructed, a major feature of the film Vendetta (1950). A fort was built near Table Mountain for the film Fort Apache (1948) starring John Wayne. This fort, called Fort Apache for the film, was also featured in a number of other movies and television series. Some productions featuring Fort Apache include Indian Territory (1950), Soldiers Three (1951), The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin (1954-1959), Mackenzie’s Raiders (1958-1959). The bunker here, Robin Hood Lake, was used for filming various underwater scenes, including for Adventures of Superman (1952-1958), Jungle Jim (1948), Beyond the Purple Hills (1950), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and The African Queen (1951).



On the northwestern side of Robin Hood Lake there are famous sand-rock formations, known as Canyon Rock or Hideout Rock. This area was often used as an Indian hideout in various Western movies, and is featured in Billy the Kid vs Dracula (1966), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Jungle Manhunt (1951) and others. This is also the cave where Tonto is nursing a ranger in tv-series The Lone Ranger (1949-1957). Just to the east of the concrete bridge at the eastern end of Robin Hood Lake is where the Robin Hood Castle was built for the movies Kidnapped (1948) and The Swordsman (1947). A fictional town, Silvertown, was featured in Texas Bad Man (1953), Wagons West (1952), Noose for a Gunman (1960), The Vanishing Outpost (1951), and additional movie-productions.


A scene from Billy the Kid vs Dracula (1966) in Corriganville
The notorious Hangin’ Tree (a larger Valley Oak) is another popular place for photographing. This tree is named for the many Western outlaws that were executed in this tree by hanging. James in Vigilante Terror (1953) is just one of many to be executed here. Come see where Wild Bill Elliott in The Homesteaders (1953) buys dynamites from the Army, or see where Charles Miller was executed in the movie Hidden Valley Outlaws (1944). Whether by a LAX transfer or local Simi Valley limousine, come and experience where Wild Bill Elliot becomes a sheriff in Sheriff of Las Vegas (1944). Or see where Blake Edwards is murdered in Marshal of Reno (1944). Corriganville is also the place of death for Ray Bennett in Waco (1952) and where the Texas Rangers prevents Kirk Alyn from getting killed in Overland Mail Robbery (1943). Why not get limo services here to follow in the footsteps of the three mesquiteers in Pals of the Saddle (1938)?

Just a few of the other movies filmed here are Jesse James meets Frankenstein’s Daughter (1966), Buffalo Gun (1961), The Bounty Killer (1965), The Gunfight At Dodge City (1959), Blood Arrow (1958), Apache Warrior (1957), The Desperados Are In Town (1956), Massacre Canyon (1954), Adventures of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush (1954), Rebel City (1953), Star of Texas (1953), Indian Uprising (1952), Ambush Trail (1946), Navajo Kid (1945), and thousands of others. What many may not realize is that Corriganville also has been used for filming more recent movies. The entire film Aces 'N' Eights (2008) was filmed in Simi Valley, with various scenes from Corriganville! Book a Simi Valley limousine or local Ventura party bus and explore the filming sites throughout town.

Hiking


Corriganville is now a public park which is operated by Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. Besides reminding pieces of film sets, the park is home to benches, picnic facilities, restrooms, fountains and more. Corriganville is located at the foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains and functions as a crucial wildlife corridor in eastern Simi. There are many hiking trails located here. Many Simi Valley limousine clients take a break from checking out the movie sets to go on a hike of the surrounding nature areas. Some of the trails here include the 1.2 mile Loop Trail, 0.5 mile Wildlife Corridor Trail, 0.25 mile Hummingbird Connector Trail, 1.1 mile Interpretive Trail and the Stagecoach Trail. There are also trail connections to parks such as Foothill Park via the Loop Trail and Rocky Peak Park via a tunnel under the freeway. Further up in the Santa Susana Pass we find various other filming locations. Movies that was filmed in the Santa Susana Pass include Shooting High (1940), filmed at Santa Susana Pass Road, as well as Range Warfare (1935), Man’s Genesis (1912), Jack and the Beanstalk (1917) and Judith of Bethulia (1914). The before-mentioned movies were filmed in today’s Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, which is yet another place often visited by local limo services. From live streams, sandy rock formations, wildlife and an oak tree forest, Corriganville is 225 acres of great exploration with the family. We have had clientele coming back from Santa Barbara wine tours and directly to the park to experience some local nature and movie history.

Take pride in the great community we have here and share the history with your kids, family members, and friends. We have community spirit and have been providing Simi Valley limousine rides in the area for over 15 years. If you are in need of stretch Simi Valley limousine, Santa Barbara wine tours, Ventura party bus rentals, LAX sedan services, or maybe Hummer limos, don't hesitate to contact one of our reservation specialists to answer any questions you may have. You can also visit the websites of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District (RSRPD) or Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) for more information about the history of the park.



Why not come out with limo services and experience the pond where Tarzan fought with alligators? Or to walk in the footsteps of John Wayne in Wyoming Outlaw (1939). Or check out your favorite scenes from Dracula, Superman, Robin Hood or Lassie. The park is located at 7001 Smith Road. So what are you waiting for? Travel by a limo bus, LAX sedan or limo services and check out one of America’s most productive movie ranches. Prefer something different? Many movie sets can be seen on our exclusive Malibu- and Santa Barbara wine tours. Our Malibu wine tours can be booked to Saddlerock Ranch, a popular filming locale for Western classic movies. On our Santa Barbara wine tours you can follow the route in Sideways (2004) and visit the great wine-tasting venues visited in the movie.



See also: Best Movies Filmed In Simi Valley!

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