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Paramount Ranch, Agoura

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  • Easy drive to get to with plenty of parking. Old western movie set facades that are still being used. History of what has been shot there quite in depth and interesting. Various hiking trails for diff...  more »
  • Great place for fans of Dr. Quinn woman doctor. All Colorado Springs there is. We believe it. It's free and open the top access!
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  • Some super fun little hikes on easy to moderate paths all starting from what is essentially a movie set in the hills. Pretty cool. Maps and toilets available too. Would really recommend  more »
  • This is a Western town movie set that is still in use today. Entrance and parking are free. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, this is a good place to go.
  • A cool place to check out! You can hike through really easily and check out the old western sets.
  • You'll get a kick out of walking around the historic movie town and area where Hawkeye and Hot Lips plied their craft, not to mention Dr. Quinn and the American Sniper. Parking was easy. We then began our visit at the ranger station to get our bearings, pick up a park map, and refresh our water supply. It can get quite hot here, even during the spring and fall. Poking around the facades and buildings is interesting, especially the old jail which provides the perfect setting for a photo op of your party -- behind bars! An enormous spreading (oak?) tree in the center of town creates welcome shade when the temperature is in the red. Take note of the marked trails, and don't just blindly follow the path on the far side of the town, which is not a maintained trail. If you're looking for a cool place to eat, there are some great restaurants on either side of the freeway on Westlake Boulevard, a little further up the 101. The shopping centers where they are located have tight parking, so try to avoid the super busy lunch hours by going early or late. Our two favorites are 1) Mendocino Farms, with great farm-to-table sandwiches and salads, and 2) the cafeteria-style Lemonade, which offers a highly eclectic variety of entrees, sandwiches, salads and desserts -- unique food you won't find anywhere else. Sometimes we go just to try their inventive lemonades, infused with various fruits and herbs such as watermelon basil or blueberry mint. They even have a sugar-free version each day. Both places offer tasty gluten-free dishes (not just salads) and feature indoor and outdoor seating options.
  • Definitely a hidden gem. Great place to spend an hour or two strolling through the Western town or hiking the trails. No facilities here besides the ranger station and bathrooms. What do you expect? It's FREE! And wear old shoes because you will kick up a lot of dust.
  • Part of the National Park System. Great place to visit with a neat history of old movies and a automotive road race track history. An old Western Town Movie Set that is still in use today.