Pioneertown, California

By Lynne Tucker

Enjoy a fun day visiting an Old West town built in 1946. Pioneertown was founded by a group of Hollywood investors, including actors Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. They dreamed of creating an Old West set that was actually a town worth visiting, with 1880s-style false-front facades but interiors that had stuff for visitors to see and do too. Up went (from the outside) frontier stables, saloons, and jails; inside, they housed ice cream parlors, bowling alleys, and motels. More than 50 films and television shows were filmed here in the 1940s and ‘50s.

Pioneertown, California, is an unincorporated community in the Morongo Basin region of southern California’s Inland Empire

May I suggest a stop at Route 62 Diner on Highway 62?  Experience the best breakfast and lunch menu while enjoying the ambience of the diner. Open every day 6am – 2pm.


So grab your camera, put on your cowboy boots and get ready for a fun adventure.

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Lynne Tucker is a travel writer and photojournalist based in Palm Desert CA